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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.

One Happy Ending

Interested in Fostering?

Contact HSHC
706 987 9363 or email

Complete a Foster Home application

After receipt of the application an HSHC representative will contact you to conduct a state required home visit.

HSHC will work with you to find the pet that best fits your home.

Foster Success Story

Madison Pound adopts husky mix
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.