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Humane Society of Huron Valley

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Whether you're a grad student, retired, single, in a family, a couple or roommates -- as long as you can make the commitment to temporarily care for animals and have a household suitable to do so, we would love to talk with you about becoming a Foster Parent!
Whom can you help?

  • Kittens: Orphans who need round-the-clock care and bottle feeding until old enough to eat on their own, or those who are not yet old enough for adoption
  • Puppies: Little ones who need socialization and some basic manners training to ready them for adoption
  • Mamas: Care for a pregnant or nursing animal while she cares for her babies
  • Dogs: Who have been waiting for a home for awhile, who need help with training, or who don’t like kennels
  • Animals who have medical or behavior needs best cared for in a home, outside of the shelter
What’s involved?

Fostering can last from a few days to several months depending on the needs of the animals and your availability. Extra training is provided for unique circumstances, and medical assistance and questions are handled quickly. All veterinary care, food and animal supplies are provided by HSHV.

To foster, you must be at least 21 years old, all your own animals must be sterilized and up-to-date on vaccinations, and you must have experience with the type of animals you want to foster. If you’re never had a pet, please consider becoming a regular volunteer as a way to gain some experience handling and caring for animals. Potential fosters must also have a home check to make sure they have a suitable space for a foster animal.

How to get started The first step to becoming a Foster Parent is to sign up for an orientation at or

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About Humane Society of Huron Valley


3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, US

Mission Statement

The Humane Society of Huron Valley's (HSHV's) mission is to support the loving, responsible care of all animal's in our community by: *Ensuring proper, nurturing care for the animals in our shelter *Placing all adoptable animals in loving homes *Reducing pet over-population *Caring for the physical well-being of animals in our community *Providing education and outreach to the community Stopping animal cruelty HSHV offers a variety of services including pet adoption, low-cost spay/neuter clinic, emergency rescue, cruelty investigation and community education.


Since 1896, the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) has been a leader in saving animals in our community. We are the only shelter in Washtenaw County, serving over 14,000 animals and their people every year. Thanks to innovative programs and community support (that is, thanks to VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU!), animals at HSHV do not have a time limit to get adopted, and HSHV is classified as a "no kill" shelter by Maddie's Fund, a leader in the no kill movement. Thanks in great part to volunteers, HSHV has won several awards for the highest save rate among all similar animal shelters in Michigan. HSHV provides a variety of services including animal adoption, affordable full-service veterinary clinic, spay/neuter services, low cost vaccine clinics, 24-hour injured animal rescue, humane education and youth programs, and pet lost & found services. Our volunteer opportunities for adults 18+ are many, and we have a junior varsity volunteer program for youth between the ages of 12-17.


We'll work with your schedule.


From your home in Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor, MI 48105



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary
  • Animal Therapy




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies-- some animals require days, others months.
  • Experience with animals. Owned animals must be sterilized and vaccinated. Orientation + home check.

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