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HSCO’s Foster Program

Individuals who love animals will love being a Foster Volunteer at The Humane Society of Central Oregon! Opening your heart and home to provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, and bunnies is a tremendously rewarding experience for both the volunteer and the foster animal.

Foster Volunteers are an integral part of HSCO mission of saving animal lives. Hundreds of baby animals receive temporary homes and wonderful care from our dedicated team of Foster Volunteers until they are ready to be adopted into a permanent home.

Fostering is a great way to bring a furry companion into your life when you are not quite ready to make a lifetime commitment. Fostering also allows you to volunteer from the comfort of your own home. You will be enriching their lives as well as yours!

Time Commitment

HSCO is always recruiting for Foster Volunteers, but has a high season during the months of April through November. Some animals may only need a home for several days while others may need several months of care. Foster animals are carefully matched with foster homes according to their needs and the foster’s abilities.

HSCO Foster Volunteer Application

We welcome you to apply to the Volunteer Foster program.

Once your application is received, the Foster Coordinator will contact you with the next steps in the application process.

  • Every applicant (age 18 years or older) will need to pass a background check.
  • There is a nonrefundable $25.00 on-boarding fee which includes the background check, HSCO FOSTER tote bag & training.  All approved volunteers will be responsible for the fee prior to completing the background check. Tote bags will be provided with your first foster case. This insures that we are able to dedicate more resources to our animals and we thank you for your support. If this constitutes a financial hardship for you, you may request a fee waiver by contacting us directly.

If you are also interested in volunteering at the HSCO Shelter, you must fill out a HSCO Shelter Volunteer Application as well. Click here to learn about the Shelter Volunteer application process.

Want to donate needed supplies to our Foster Program? Ongoing supply needs are:

  • Kitten Milk Replacement
  • Neonate bottles
  • Chicken or Turkey based soft kitten food (Royal Canin Baby Cat preferred)
  • Small size electric heating pads

For more information contact Becky Williamson at 541/382-3537 or Email us here. You can also see our Wish List of Foster Program Care Supplies needed here.

Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
Open T-F 1pm-5:30pm (by appointment other times)
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays & major holidays Closed
Mondays Closed with Essential Services
Stray Dog Pickup: 541/693-6911
Appointments, Info, Lost & Found: 541/382-3537

HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
Open Every Day 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon. - Sat. 10am-5pm
Donation Door Closed Sundays
Schedule a Furniture Pickup