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Become a Foster

How to Become a Foster Parent

1) Make sure you meet all of the foster guidelines:

To become a foster parent, you must have all of the following:

  • Homeowners or renters insurance
  • Health insurance

If you have companion animals of your own at home, all must be:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • Up to date on their vaccines
  • Able to be physically separated in your home from the foster animal(s) - The length of the isolation period varies based on the needs of the individual foster animal(s).

2) Complete our online orientation course

Duration: 15 minutes


  1. Make sure your speakers are turned on or headphones are plugged in
  2. Clicking on the the square-shaped icon in the top right corner of the box will increase the size of the viewing screen
  3. Click on the play button in the center of the screen to start the course
  4. Audio for each slide will play automatically and you are able to pause it using the triangular button in the bottom left corner
  5. Use the arrows in the bottom right corner to advance to the next slide
  6. Once you've completed the entire presentation, hit the Esc key or click the icon in top right corner to exit Fullscreen Mode. 

3) Fill out a volunteer application

This is your third and final step to becoming a foster parent with the Wisconsin Humane Society!

The web address for our volunteer application is provided at the end of the online orientation above.
Simply type the URL it into your web browser for access. 


4) Foster!

We can't thank you enough for your interest in fostering! The time you'll spend caring for animals in need is truly invaluable and expands our lifesaving capacity. Once you're onboard as a foster, you'll also be invited to join a private group on Facebook so you can network with other foster parents, ask questions, trade tips, share updates, or simply boast about how great your current foster animal is doing! Though you'll be volunteering independently at home, you'll quickly realize you're part of a tight knit and wise community of foster parents right here in your area.

A few final notes:

  • We strongly recommend that foster parents attend a seminar at WHS relating to the specie(s) they intend to foster. These are free to our volunteers and provide valuable advice and techniques for properly handling animals. Even if you already feel quite experienced in this area, please consider signing up and simply refreshing your skill set.
  • A home visit may also be required to help prepare a secure and safe area for your foster animal, if necessary.

If you have any questions about our foster program, please contact Peggy at or call 414-431-6132.