Our foster homes fill a critical need for the society. Foster care providers not
only allow us to care for more animals, but also give those animals a more social
and loving setting in which to live while awaiting their permanent home.
Fostering a Pet is Rewarding
(but beware you may fall in love)
Fostering is a collaborative effort. The Humane Society of Harris County’s
(HSHC) goal is to keep an animal in foster care for no more than 90 days.
During that time the HSHC will be responsible for the animal’s food and medical
care as well as taking the animal out to adoption sites and advertising its’
availability for adoption.
The foster care provider in turn supplies the foster animal with a safe and comfortable
environment, opportunities to socialize and transportation to medical care when
needed. The foster care provider must also make the animal available for adoption
site visits, making sure the animal is clean and ready for pick up by HSHC staff.
Special Foster Providers needed for puppies and small dogs
Young puppies and new mother’s with litters are particularly at
risk if in a municipal facility or out on their own. Currently HSHC’s
shelter facility does not allow us to take in these animals as we cannot adequately
care for or socialize them. Foster providers who will take in these animals
are in critical demand. If you have the time and space for these animals in
need please consider this. The rewards are immeasurable.
Foster Success Story
Meg and Madison Pound, Pine Mountain
Meg’s story was not unusual. A family was moving but unable to take
their pet with them. While we had no room in our shelter, there was foster home
available. Meg moved in and made herself at home. A wonderful and loving
Husky mix she blended well with her foster family. At the same time a mystery was
revealed. Meg had at some point been shot and had shot gun pellets embedded in her
throat causing her breathing stress particularly when it was hot. She needed
a special home that would watch her carefully. Through the dedicated efforts
of both the society and her foster mother Meg found a home in Pine Mountain.
The Pound family took her into their home and hearts where Meg resides still, accompanying
the early morning walkers at Piedmont on their sojourns around the lake.