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. Be a part of our growing community and a part of this amazing 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 your pet until they are ready to Graduate be adopted! 

Foster Parent Responsibilities:

We can never quite express how much we appreciate all of our foster families! Besides love, space, and attention, what is expected of our foster parents? 

  • Provide efficient and temperature appropriate shelter for your foster pet
  • Provide a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for your foster pet
  • Have food and clean water accessible to your foster pet
  • Monitor your foster pet’s physical and mental wellbeing- alert LHS with any abnormalities 
  • Provide exercise and socialization for your foster pet
  • Provide transportation to and from shelter/vet appointments
  • Keep foster pet separated from other pets in the home for the initial 10 – 14 day period

Frequently Asked Questions About Fostering

Types of Fostering:

There are many types of fosters. Kitten Warriors, Puppy Crusaders, Adult Cat and Dog Fosters, Petcations, Relief Squad, Hospice Heroes and more! Ask us about all of these programs.

We foster out many types of pets: kittens and puppies that are too young to be in the center, 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. Sometimes we pull dogs or cats from other shelters who may be a high risk of euthanasia. When you foster, you are truly saving a life.

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! 

We usually have adult dogs who can benefit greatly from a foster home. Some of these dogs may have special needs, or may need extra attention with certain details. If you have filled out the foster application and you would like to help foster one of our special need dogs, please click here!

Our foster program wouldn’t be possible without support from our generous donors and organizations like Petco Love. Petco Love, an independent nonprofit, is changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered over 4,000 animal welfare organizations by investing nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts.

Contact us!

Email at [email protected] or by phone at 434-448-0088 ext. 106.

Petcation Program

Can’t commit to a traditional foster? Want to take a dog on an adventure for the day, or take a pet on  a weekend slumber party? Check out our Petcation program.

In 2019 Lynchburg Humane Society, launched a new lifesaving program called Petcations! Petcations 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 Parent?

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, pet carriers, pet crates, litter boxes, scoops, dog toys, and/or cat toys. 

The foster program specifically asks for: digital (rectal) thermometers, kitchen (ounce) scales, pet bottle kits, “Miracle Nipples”, Purina Kitten Chow, Purina Puppy Chow, KMR (kitten milk replacement), ESBIlAC (puppy milk replacement), puppy canned food, kitten canned foods, small metal bowls, ceramic bowls, heating pads, heating rice socks, heating disks, gentle unscented baby wipes, baby blankets, and puppy pads. You can purchase supplies off our Amazon Smile Wishlist here and have them shipped directly to us.

Thank you for your support!