You Can Provide a Second Chance for Our Animals!

Fostering is a key part of our success as an organization. We frequently have need for foster families to provide care for bottle baby kittens with or without moms; owned animals through our assistance programs, foster hospice, puppy socialization, adult cat or adult dog medical care, small animal socialization and more.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before taking on the task

Type of FosterDuration of commitmentDaily Commitment
Kittens/Bottle BabiesAbout 8 weeks (or less)About 8 hours
Pregnant momDepending on how far along this can be up to 8 weeks or more.2-4 hours
Socializing2-4 weeks4-6 hours
Medical1-8 weeksDepends on the medical care needed about 2-8 hours
Small AnimalsDepending the situation can last up to 4 weeks2-4 hours
FospiceUntil the animal has passedAbout 2- 8 hours
Puppies1-2 Weeks6-8 hours

Time: Each foster case is a little different from one another. So, it’s important to know if you can handle the length of stay and daily commitment your foster(s) will need. 

Space: Having a separate space is highly recommended when taking home a foster. Most of the time we are unsure of the animal’s background, we run tests and make sure they get the shots they need before going to a foster home, but for the safety of your animals it is best to keep them separated. 

Care: While fostering there is always the chance an animal may get really sick or possibly pass away. Being able to handle this emotionally is important when becoming a foster.

Watch our Pet Talk! episode all about fostering.

The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society encourages you to apply to become a foster family and help change the lives of these animals. We’d like to learn a bit more about you, so please fill out the application below.

Application: Foster Family

  • Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
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Not sure if fostering is right for your family? Contact our Foster Coordinator at or 783-2311 to learn more!