Become a Foster Mom or Dad to puppies and kittens with Tails Humane Society


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Tails Humane SocietyDeKalb, IL 60115


Tails Foster program is an integral part of our mission to save the lives of companion animals through rescue, adoption and spay/neuter. Through our Tails Transport Program, we partner with open admission shelters to save the lives of adoptable animals.

Many of these dogs are young puppies or pregnant moms. Despite the best efforts of our partner shelters, these animals are at a high risk for euthanasia. This program provides critical aid to help these shelters fight the sad reality of pet overpopulation and save more lives.

Transport animals are placed in to foster homes for a short time until they are ready to come to Tails and find a forever home. The shelter is no place for nursing moms and/or young puppies who can’t be fully vaccinated and are more susceptible to disease. Some adult dogs have minor medical conditions that require time to heal. We find that a foster home is much less stressful on these animals and they tend to heal more quickly.

Click here to learn how you can become a foster and join our team of volunteers invested in saving hundreds of lives this year:

EXPECTATIONS: The Foster Volunteer fosters pets providing care and socialization as need to help ready the animal(s) for adoption.

1. Proper feeding and care of the foster pet(s)

2. Transport the foster pet(s) to and from the shelter for scheduled vaccinations and care

3. Medicate foster pet(s) as needed. We will show you how!


  • Animal Care / Handling

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 2 weeks at one time

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