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Foster

They’re not asking for forever... just right now! 

The goal of Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Foster Program is to alleviate capacity pressure at the shelter while also providing a safe, enriching, and temporary environment for Hawaii Island Humane Society animals where they can develop, recover, and thrive while awaiting adoption or transport.  You'll help open up kennels at our shelters, allowing us to save even more lives, while also helping an animal in need learn what it's like to be part of a loving family. Research has shown that fostering, including short-term fostering such as field trips and sleepovers, reduces stress and increases adoptability. Our foster caregivers are an integral part of our lifesaving and life changing programs and initiatives at Hawaii Island Humane Society.  Mahalo for your dedication to our animals!

Our Foster Program includes many types of foster opportunities:

  • Field Trips - take an adoptable dog out for your lunch break! Got more time? They'd love to join you on an aventure for the day.
  • Sleepovers - bring an adoptable dog home for a few nights to cuddle, chill, and decompress. Pajamas and movie nights are totally optional (but highly recommended)
  • Holiday/Emergency Fostering
  • Traditional fostering (fostering until the animal in your care gets adopted)
  • ... and so much more!

To join our Foster Team: Complete our online Foster application here. 

Questions about fostering? Please email foster@hihs.org

*Note: We provide supplies for fosters whenever possible. We rely soley on donations for foster supplies. To donate supplies to our Foster Program, please visit our Amazon Wishlist. And don't forget to choose Hawaii Island Humane Society as your selected charity when you shop on Amazon Smile!

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