Foster Care


GIHS’s Foster Program, Almost Home, is critical to our rescue work. It enables us to increase the number of homeless pets we can save by placing them in temporary foster homes. Foster homes also give pets a warm, loving environment to heal, grow and flourish. As a foster parent, your role is to welcome a pet, or pets, into your home and provide food, water, toys and lots of love.

There are many reasons a pet may need a foster home:

  • Underage: Puppies and kittens are not ready to be adopted until they’re at least eight weeks old. They need time for their immune systems to develop, to receive life-saving medical care and to be healthy enough for their spay/neuter surgery.
  • Sick/Injured: Foster homes are a great place for our sick or injured animals to heal, whether they’re recovering from something as routine as a spay/neuter surgery or something more complicated, like an orthopedic surgery.
  • Behavior/Socialization: With people and animals constantly coming and going, our shelter can be overwhelming for some animals. They might need a home environment or some one-on-one attention. Other animals come to us abused, neglected or simply lacking the training or socialization they need to find the right home. Our foster homes provide the enrichment, training or behavior modification needed for these loving pets to attract the perfect family for them.
The Basics:

In order to foster a GIHS animal you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation to our shelter for minor medical needs and check-ups, to local vet clinics for surgeries and emergency hospitals in the event of an after-hours emergency situation.
Levels of Fostering:

Our foster parents and animals fall into one of three categories, depending on both the experience of the foster parent and animal’s situation. We pair up foster pets and parents based on the pet’s needs and the foster family’s experience level.

1. Basic Foster: Take in pets who are ready for adoption, but need a temporary foster home, either while we wait for space at one of our shelter to open or for a specific adoption event.

2. Core Foster: Help sick/injured pets or weaned puppies and kittens that require more time and attention than our Basic Fosters.

3. Advanced Foster: Our Advanced Foster animals require special skills and time commitments from their foster parents, including bottle-feeding, helping pregnant moms give birth and wean their litters, supporting behavior modification and enrichment, and giving animals the love and comfort, they deserve at end-of-life by providing hospice care.

How We Support Our Fosters:

We are committed to providing you the support you need for the duration of the foster period. We will provide all medical care and work with you to ensure you can administer any in-home care required. We will also provide you with all of the food and medical supplies necessary to care for your foster. We work hard to ensure that you have a positive, rewarding experience with the GIHS Almost Home Foster Program. We do our best to meet the needs of both the foster animal and your family.

Ready to open your heart and home to a vulnerable pet today?
Apply Now (this would be a button leading to the foster application)
Once your application has been reviewed and approved, we will notify you and begin sending you emails with animals available for fostering.

If you need support or have additional questions, please email Thresea Russ, or call 409.740.1919.

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