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Foster Care


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The Washington Humane Society (WHS) asks DC area residents to help alleviate overcrowding in our adoption centers by fostering pets. WHS is calling on individuals, families and businesses to volunteer as temporary foster care parents for homeless dogs and cats.

A short time in your home, a lifetime in your heart! Foster volunteers fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work. Any individual, family, or business with the compassion and willingness to help needy animals can apply to serve as a foster volunteer. Foster terms can range from a few days or weeks to a month or more depending on the preferences of the volunteer and the needs of the animal. We hope we can count on our generous community to join our team, so that all of our dogs and cats receive the best housing and care possible as they wait their forever homes. 

Are you able to open your heart and home to an animal in need but are not ready to adopt for one reason or another? Now could be the perfect time to become a foster volunteer. WHS takes in an average of 30 animals per day. The team works around the clock to provide for all of the animals in our care, but our space and resources are limited. Each time an animal is taken out of our adoption centers and placed into a home to be fostered, it provides us more opportunities to help other animals who need our special care and attention.

For more information, contact or check out these FAQ's

How do I become a foster parent?
If you are interested in becoming a foster for WHS, please complete the Foster Application.

After filling out the application, you will be contacted by the Foster Care Coordinator, and if approved you’ll attend one of our foster trainings. We want to make sure you have all of your questions answered before you get started. After the training, you will be ready to start fostering!

Subscribe and read Foster Stories on the WHS blog
He’s the One, Maestro’s Story from Foster to Adoption

It Takes a Village

Bruno Gets His Chance

The Joy of Fostering, Through a Dog's Eyes