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Foster Care Program

Be a superhero & save lives

Providing Foster Care is one of the most impactful ways you can help homeless pets find loving homes.

 

There are many benefits to fostering, including helping acclimate pets to home environments, teaching pets
good manners, and getting to know pets well so that we can help set them up for a successful adoption match.

Qualifications

Qualifications to be a Foster Care Provider:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Show genuine concern for the welfare
       of animals, consistent with the mission
       of Berkeley Humane 
  • Attend training with the Foster
       Coordinator to learn how to best care
       for foster animals.
  • Be able to monitor medical conditions
       as well as evaluate the behavior of
       the foster animals.
  • Provide care and socialization to your
       foster animals.
  • Provide regular transport to medical
       appointments and adoption weekends.
  • Be willing to separate foster animals
       from your own animals.
  • Follow all directions given to you by the
       Berkeley Humane shelter and hospital
       staff.

Fostering Cats

Cats and kittens in need of foster care:

  • Mother cat with her kittens
  • Underage kittens (0-4 weeks) who are
       nursing from the bottle
  • Underage kittens (5-8 weeks) who are
       eating solid and wet food on their
       own and are in foster care until they
       reach 2 pounds. Once they reach 2
       pounds they are spayed or neutered
       and placed for adoption.
  • Adult cats, between 6 months and 7
       years old.
  • Senior cats, 7 years and older.

If you are interested in volunteering to foster cats, please fill out the form below.

Fostering dogs

Puppies and dogs in need of foster care:

  • Neo-natal puppies (0-4 weeks) who are
       nursing from the bottle
  • Underage puppies (5-8 weeks) who are
       eating on their own and need socialization.
       Once a puppy has reached 8 weeks old
       they can be spayed or neutered and placed
       for adoption.
  • Adolescents (8 weeks – 6 months) who
       need socialization and breaks from the
       kennels.
  • Adults (6 months – 7 years)
  • Seniors (7 years and older)
  • Medical cases (all ages)

If you are interested in volunteering to foster dogs, please fill out the form below.

 
Ready to get started?

Fill out this form, and send it in!

By email: foster@berkeleyhumane.org 
By fax: (510) 845-3088 Attention: Foster Care Program
By mail: Foster Care Program c/o Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley CA 94710

To learn about other volunteer opportunities, please click here.

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