Foster Program

Our foster program provides everything you need to make fostering successful for you and your foster pet including supplies, veterinary services, and training support.

Due to the events of COVID-19, we are not currently in need of fosters. However, we invite you to complete the foster questionnaire so we can contact you as the need for fosters arises.

Learn More About Our Foster Program

Why do we need foster parents?

We are looking for Foster Parents who can provide essential care, consistency, and as-needed training that prepare our adoption animals for a successful placement in their forever home.

  • A change of scenery: Sometimes our animals have been with us for a longer-than-normal stay. Getting them into a home with a Foster Volunteer can provide a calm, distraction-free environment. The limit for this foster period is typically 90 days or less, but may be extended depending on the circumstances.
  • Intermediate training foster parents: Some fosters provide more advanced training to counteract issues including leash reactivity, resource guarding, fear, shyness, and dog-reactivity. This level of intermediate training foster should only be a one-dog household, unless otherwise approved by our Canine Behaviorist, based on the temperament and behavior of the current dog in your household.


What are my commitments?

We ask that our Foster Parents promote their foster animal with friends, family, and the community through these Foster Parent Commitments:

  • Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment, with access to indoors regularly, as you would 
for your own pet.
  • The time commitment for fostering could be up to three months (or longer), depending on the adoption animal.
  • Provide basic home-living skills and good canine citizenship training as needed, with support from Santa Barbara Humane Society personnel and volunteers.
  • Keep the animal safe from hazards (for less socialized dogs, this may mean temporarily separating the dog from other animals in the house and always crating the dog when supervision is not available).
  • Never leave a foster dog unsupervised with children!
  • Help make the dog more adoptable through basic grooming, walking on a leash, discouraging jumping, accepting strangers in a calm and friendly 
manner, and providing exposure to new sights, sounds, and experiences to build confidence.
  • Transport your foster animal to see our Staff Veterinarian for scheduled visits (if needed) and to adoption events, and to the Santa Barbara Humane Society to meet a potential adopter.
  • Provide us with photographs and/or videos of your foster animal in everyday situations for us to upload using our social media outlets.

What supplies and support are provided?

  • Veterinary care
  • Special prescription diet food if required
  • Support for any questions or concerns you may have
  • Exposure for our foster animals through our social media streams on Facebook and Instagram, and Petfinder or other pet adoption websites
  • Collar, leash, ID tag, license, and harness or training collar
  • Crate, blanket, food
  • One-on-one sessions with our trainer to deal with challenges as needed
  • “Adopt Me” vest or apron for foster dogs

What are the benefits of fostering?

The real perks of fostering:

  • Free training for you and the dog you foster
  • You will help build a community of warm-hearted, committed advocates and animal-lovers
  • Add a dog to your home without the financial or long-term commitment and be able to provide loving, supportive care for our adoption dogs until they find their forever home

Fostering a pet is truly an incredible experience. It provides you with the opportunity to learn more about life, courage, empathy, trust, and kindness. By opening your home to a foster animal, you also open your heart and mind as you learn and grow together.

For more information about our Foster Program, please contact one of our foster coordinators at 805-964-4777 or email [email protected].

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