Fostering a Pet

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Every Thursday we introduce you to our newest pet of the week, but if you’re not ready to adopt a new pet, you can foster them! Foster parents help save hundreds of animals lives each year. Jill Haley Rose from Dakin Humane Society told us how you can help make a difference in the life of an animal in need.

Foster Care

Minimum Age:
For everyone! Primary foster parent(s) must be 18 years or older, however, children are very welcome to assist with foster care when safe and appropriate.
Primary foster parent must have transportation.

Commitment Level:
You choose! You can decide to foster anywhere from two weeks to two months or more.
And you can choose to foster just one time or many, many times. The more you foster, you more lives you help save!

About Foster Care:
Do you love the antics of kittens but don’t want your own cat to have a litter? Do you have a soft spot for shy or senior animals? Foster parenting might be for you! Foster parents usually care for animals too young to be placed immediately up for adoption. Most of our fostering needs are temporary homes for litters of kittens. Some litters will have a mother, while some will need to be bottle fed. Some kittens will only need a week or two of foster care, while some may need as long as eight weeks before they are ready for adoption.

Our foster parents also help with special-needs animals. They might care for shy or nervous animals, who do not respond well to the adoption center environment, until they can find their forever home. Or they might provide long term (i.e. six months) temporary care to adult cats and dogs as part of our Safety Plan for Animals. Sometimes foster parents help an injured animal recover from surgery.

In all cases, Dakin makes arrangement for and pays for medical care. We greatly appreciate when foster parents can provide food, cat litter, and other supplies for foster animals. However, Dakin can help with that as well when needed! Our foster parents help Dakin save hundreds of lives each year. If you want to be a part of this tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the life of an animal in need, click here to fill out our foster care application.

If you’re interested in fostering a pet give Dakin Humane Society a call at 781-4000 or visit for more information.

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