Fostering a Pet


Becoming a foster "parent" to a pet waiting for a permanent home is pretty easy. If you can answer yes to these three questions, then fostering may be a great fit for you (and us!).

  1. You are able to transport your foster pet to the vet or Spay/Neuter Express usually one to two times every 60 days (vetting is paid for by Safe Haven).
  2. You are able to transport your pet to adoption events (requirements for cats and dogs vary a little).
  3. Your own pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on their vaccinations.

Your preferences and limitations are absolutely considered when selecting a foster pet. Our foster coordinators will help you. SHHS will supply food for your foster pet and pay vet costs.

If you are interested in becoming a foster home, the first step is completing the Foster Application. Once we get a chance to review it, we'll contact you. We're looking forward to hearing from you. There are plenty of pets out there waiting for your help. 

And here's something important for you to think about: many people tell us that they just can't foster a pet because they would get too attached, and it would break their heart to give it up. We can assure you that we've all been there. Fostering can be bittersweet, but we can't let it keep us from saving completely great pets from shelters or abusive or neglectful owners. Adopting a foster pet does save that animal, but fostering and letting them go saves dozens of pets every year.

Please think seriously about fostering. Sometimes it's tough, but it's always fun. The rewards are immeasurable!

Here is a photo of a special room for foster cats built in a garage by one of our foster families. Click here to watch a video of the cats at play in this room -- you might also get some ideas to help build your own room for foster cats. Enjoy!


Safe Haven Humane Society
P.O. Box 55, Ionia, MI 48846
Phone: 616-522-1611
Fax: 517-579-5948