“Saving one animal will not change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.”

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. Heartland incurs the costs - you contribute the time. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.


   * Starting in April, 2017, Heartland Humane Society will open an additional 4,000 square feet of shelter, creating 27 kennel spaces for dogs. However, not every dog is suitable for kennel living and all animals prosper faster in a foster home environment.

   * Foster homes will have the ability to work with our foster coordinator to select an animal appropriate for their home. However, dogs in foster will still have an empty kennel at the shelter showing their profile and letting prospective adopters know they can schedule an appointment to meet the animal. In addition, the kennel will always be available for the foster home to bring the animal to shelter if a family situation arises that deems HHS care for the animal again temporarily or permanently.


   * The Heartland Humane Society Foster Program provides a wonderful opportunity to bond with very special animals and help socialize and prepare them for adoption. HHS provides food and supplies as needed, as well as veterinary care. Vaccinations will be updated and animals will be spayed or neutered. We also provide Heartworm testing in dogs and FeLV/FIV and Heartworm testing in cats.


   * You provide a safe, clean, caring environment - allowing the pet adequate food, water, toys and enrichment, and shelter.
   * Play and love the pet. Monitor any medical/behavior problems and keep us updated.
   * Transport the animal to and from the shelter for medical appointments or adoption meetings.
   * You must be 18, have landlord approval, complete the application, and be approved. 

We’re asking you to open your hearts and homes to become a Foster Caregiver. The lives you help save, and the unconditional love you get in return will touch your heart. Your children will learn valuable lessons that will enrich their lives.

Fostering is a great way to enjoy a pet if you are not in a position to make a lifetime commitment yet. It can be an excellent opportunity for a college student. Foster Caregivers make an enormous difference in the number of animals requiring euthanasia each year due to the lack of homes or shelter space.

You can download and complete the Foster Care Application and Agreement here. Please return to the shelter by dropping off or by emailing to