Foster Care Volunteers

Every now and then one of our animals is in need of a foster home. This could be due to a variety of reasons including stress, illness, or age. BFHS is always in need of more foster homes for kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs!

Foster Parents Are Shelters Without Walls

Foster volunteers help our cause by caring for animals offsite, which frees up space at the shelter for animals who may desperately need it. Temporary fosters are also needed in case our foster homes are full and we are in need of a home in the meantime. Foster parents provide love, care, socialization, and they also actively help find homes for their foster babies. Foster homes also protect the animals who may be too young for vaccination or too old to fight illness from spending time in the high-traffic shelter environment.

Types of Animals Fostered

For adult dogs and cats, during their stay at BFHS it sometimes becomes apparent that they are not thriving in the shelter environment. Fosters can help these animals by opening their homes and providing a more relaxing situation that lowers their stress level and increases their adoptability. For infant puppies and kittens, sometimes they just need a place to grow and express themselves before they are ready for adoption. Animals who are in need of TLC while recovering or ill are in need of foster homes, and so are animals who need some socialization to increase their adoptability.

Time Commitment

Foster parents for kittens should be able to house for 9-10 weeks, this allows ample time for them to reach their 2lb and 8-week spay/neuter qualification. Foster litters are first come, first served. The greatest need for kitten fosters is May through October.

Other Considerations

Foster cats/kittens must be kept indoors at all times. Most foster animals have limited immunity, and so it is best that they remain separated from your own pets (preferably in a different room). When outside, puppies and dogs must be supervised in an enclosed yard or on a leash.   Please contact our foster coordinator, Natalie, by email at, give us a call at 509-374-4235, or contact us below with any questions or concerns.