The LHS Foster Program

Supporting a Foster Community!

The Foster Program is a vital part of the life-saving work the Lynchburg Humane Society does every year. In 2019, over 2,000 pets were placed into foster homes, allowing those pets to grow and develop, while freeing space in the shelter to save more pets’ lives! 

How can you support the LHS Foster Program?

Easy answer, Foster Pets! Fostering doesn’t have to be long-term or high commitment. We only ask for a two week commitment for each foster. Our team will match you to the right pet and equip you with all the supplies and resources to raise them right! 

Becoming a foster parent:

You are about to embark on a memorable lifesaving adventure! Thank you for opening your home and heart to pets in need. Fostering is such a rewarding experience. You are part of a community of lifesavers that enable LHS to save thousands of lives in our community each year. Foster parents are an important part of our mission and ultimate goal to reach a place where all savable pets are given the medical and behavioral care they need to be placed in loving homes. Last year we placed over 2,000 pets into foster homes! Be a part of our growing community and part of the journey as pets and people find happiness! 

We provide the pet; you provide the love, space, and attention!

Step 1: Fill out our Foster Application

Step 2: Join our Foster Community

Step 3: Find the perfect pet to match your lifestyle

Step 4: Pick up your new best friend! We provide all the supplies and resources you will need

Step 5: Enjoy the love of a foster pet! Foster until they are ready to Graduate and are able to be available for adoption. 

There are many types of fosters. Kitten Warriors, Puppy Crusaders, Adult Cat and Dog Fosters, Relief Squad, Hospice Heros and more! 

We foster out many types of pets: kittens that are too young, puppies that are too young, cats and dogs who need special attention or just need a break from the shelter. Sometimes we just need a little help making space so we don’t become over crowded.

There are various requirements for being a foster with LHS. You should be willing to give Space, Time, Attention and Heart to your foster pets. The different types of fosters have varying commitment levels, and our team can work with you to find a foster that best fits your situation! 

Apply Here! 

Click here to foster pets from our Appomattox Center.

For more information please contact our Community Pet Coordinator.

If you are already a foster and would like to help by fostering special needs (behavior) dogs, please click here!

Kiera Rogerson, Community Pet Coordinator. Coordinates the foster program, Petco and Petsmart cat programs, and the cat cafe partnership. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or phone at 434-448-0088 ext. 106.

Want to take a dog on an adventure for the day, or take a pet on  a weekend slumber party? Check out our Pet-cation program.

The Lynchburg Humane Society has launched a new lifesaving program and we want you to be involved! Pet-cations are available thanks to a grant through Maddie’s Fund and they give dogs and cats the opportunity to spend time exploring the world outside of LHS. Members of the public (18 years or older) can come in and take pets out for day trips or for slumber parties! Day trips can last from one hour to all day. A hike, a trip to the lake, or a nice dinner at a pet friendly restaurant are just some ideas for you and one of our adoptable pets. Slumber parties consist of taking a pet home for a night (or two!) and giving them some time in a home setting. Come in and sign up, find a pet, grab a bag, and go. A backpack or tote bag will be provided with everything you need for a successful field trip or sleepover. You do not have to be a foster or volunteer to participate in this program.

Already a Foster?  Visit our foster portal for more information and resources!

Can’t foster but still want to support our program?

You can donate supplies, attend program events, participate in fundraisers, volunteer at the shelter and adopt our foster program graduates! Consider donating: linens, towels, blankets, pet beds, carriers and crates, litter boxes and scoops, or cat toys. 

The foster program specifically asks for: thermometers, kitchen scales, bottle kits, “Miracle Nipples”, Purina Kitten and Puppy Chow, KMR (kitten milk replacement) and ESBIlAC (puppy milk replacement), puppy and kitten wet foods, small metal and ceramic bowls, heating pads, heating socks and disks, gentle unscented baby wipes, baby blankets, and puppy padsYou can purchase supplies off our Amazon Smile Wishlist here.