Foster Care

Because Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region takes in more than 18,000 animals a year, space is limited for animals needing extra time to heal or grow. Animals may need foster care for any of the following reasons: 

  • Pregnant or nursing animals
  • Underage animals without their moms who aren't old enough for adoption
  • Underweight or overweight animals
  • Medical cases needing extra TLC to recover from an illness needing rest after an injury or surgery
  • Behaviorally challenged animals that may be shy or need more human interaction and socialization
  • Senior or fearful animals that may be too stressed by the shelter environment

The benefits of fostering can be extremely rewarding and at times quite difficult. Read over the Highs and Lows of Fostering and Frequently Asked Questions to see if this is a good match for you!

What are the requirements to become a foster volunteer?

  • Be at least 21 years of age or have an adult supervisor and have reliable transportation
  • Not exceed the number of pets allowed (based on zoning regulations and city of residence)
  • Have consent of your landlord if you are renting
  • Ensure your own pets are current on their vaccinations and are spayed/neutered
  • Undergo a home visit prior to fostering, as required by state law
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of two weeks 

Next Steps for Becoming a Foster Volunteer:

  1. Submit a volunteer application.
  2. Complete a background check and submit a one-time fee of $20 per adult. This offsets the cost of your criminal background check and volunteer t-shirt. Please understand your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forego volunteering as part of the Foster Care team. HSPPR does not accept volunteers with a criminal record in relation to (1) any felony, (2) sexual or violent crimes, (3) theft-related crimes, or (4) animal neglect or cruelty within the last 7 years. HSPPR requires all persons applying as a volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.
  3. Watch this 15-minute online orientation video, which gives you a brief overview of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the foster program, and what you can expect as a foster volunteer. You will need to view this prior to your home inspection as this is a requirement before taking any foster animals.
  4. Complete a state-required home inspection. The Foster Care staff will contact you to schedule this once you have submitted an application.