Foster Program

About Foster Care at Longmont Humane Society
Many volunteers find fostering to be an especially satisfying way to help animals in need. Fostering provides participants the opportunity to increase one’s understanding of animal health and behavioral needs as well while allowing you to see direct impact your care has on the life of a vulnerable animal. In addition, fostering earns volunteers the heartfelt gratitude of the shelter staff as well as that of the animals!

Animals sent to foster homes come from special circumstances. They may need medical care, additional socialization and handling, or just a place to grow up healthy and strong. These especially vulnerable pets need a safe home environment until they’re ready for adoption. Our foster care volunteers are responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of shelter animals each year by caring for them temporarily in their homes.

Our most common foster animals are kittens with nursing queens, or weaned kittens that need a few weeks to grow strong before placement. We may also have homeless adult cats and dogs suffering from treatable illnesses such as Upper Respiratory Infection or Kennel Cough, or animals recovering from surgery. There can be a great deal of variety in the types of fostering a volunteer can assist with. Please see a list of Common Foster Scenarios here. As a foster volunteer, you select the type of foster care you can provide. If you foster only one animal per year, that’s one more life saved! 

*Please note that we are unable to provide temporary foster care for owned animals, and we cannot guarantee a foster placement for animals surrendered to the shelter. 

Become a Foster Care Volunteer
No experience is necessary to become a Foster Volunteer! If you are interested in becoming a foster parent please read these common questions about fostering and then complete a Foster Care Application. Please email your completed application to our Foster Department at

Questions about foster care? Please email or call 303.772.1232 ext. 234

Current Foster Care Volunteer Resources