Foster A Pet

foster a petBe A SHS Foster Parent!

Foster homes provide a temporary sanctuary for sick, injured or orphaned animals. From adult cats to orphaned kittens, the Siskiyou Humane Society utilizes foster homes for a variety of reasons.


Cats often arrive at our shelter extremely shy or unsocial. We send these animals to foster homes for socialization so they may become used to living in a home.

Illness/Injury/Weight Gain

At times a cat will arrive at our shelter sick or injured; some common reasons for foster are respiratory infection, conjunctivitis, being underweight or having a broken limb. These animals are taken into foster homes to heal and placed back in our shelter when they are healthy and ready to be adopted!

Kitten Season

In the Spring and Summer months, we see an influx of kittens; many of them not old enough to leave their mothers. We utilize foster homes to care for single kittens, whole litters separated from their mother and at times mother cats with their litter. Kittens should not be separated from their mother or siblings until they are at least 8 weeks old and 2 lbs. This allows them the proper socialization needed to become healthy social cats.

Who pays for the food, litter and vet care?

When you foster animals for Siskiyou Humane Society we provide everything you need. From food, litter, kitten formula and bedding, you will be given everything needed to properly care for an animal in your care.

If you are fostering an animal who is being treated for an illness, The Siskiyou Humane Society will provide you with the medication as well as training to administer medication to the animal. Upon entering our foster program, you are given 24 hour access to one of our qualified staff members. If an animal falls ill or is injured while in your care you will have access to our staff.

How do I become a foster home?

  • A room to isolate shelter animals from your own pets (a spare bedroom, office, bathroom or heated mudroom/sunporch).
  • Your pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations.
  • You must have permission from your landlord to have pets OR own your home.
  • Reliable transportation to and from The Siskiyou Humane Society to pick up/drop off foster animals.
  • *Public Transportation is not suitable, as you may need to bring the animals in during emergencies or late at night if they fall ill.

Foster home applications are available at our shelter during our regular business hours. Once you submit your application a staff member will review it and contact you.  Once you are approved, you will need to attend a foster home orientation with a staff member.

Foster time in homes ranges from 10 days to 2 months (approx.). We ask that you keep the animals as long as it takes to ensure their good health and adoptability.

Kittens will be required to return to the shelter for vaccinations and weight checks every 2 -3 weeks.

It is fun & rewarding and you are saving lives!!

Call Tyler or Kim at the shelter 530-926-4052 or email at