Become a foster parent

Fostering is a highly rewarding experience that benefits homeless animals and is fun for you and your family!  As a foster parent, you are an invaluable part of the Lexington Humane Society’s (LHS) life-saving team.  You make an impact on community animal welfare by directly shaping the future of your foster animals and by helping LHS care for and find forever homes for thousands of animals each year.

Last year alone, 600 special-case animals were helped through our foster care program… and with your participation, we can help even more! 

Some animals in need of fostering are simply too young for adoption, need extra love and socialization to become confident family pets, or are recovering from a Second Chances program surgical procedure.  Fostering gives us the opportunity to provide all of these special animals with what they need until they are ready to find their forever homes.

Fostering is ideal for animal lovers who are:

  • Not quite ready for the lifelong commitment that comes with pet adoption
  • Empty nesters
  • Families—fostering is a great way to teach kids about responsible pet ownership, compassion, and helping others!
  • Anyone who is looking for a way to truly make a difference in an animal’s life

Frequently Asked Questions

What animals need foster care?

  • Kittens and puppies under the age of 8 weeks
  • Moms with nursing litters
  • Surgery-recovery animals
  • Extra TLC animals (on medication, in need of love and socialization)
  • Long-term residents who could use a break from shelter life

What does a foster parent provide?

  • Love and kindness—the most important things our animals need are free!
  • A safe and secure environment and a willingness to address the animal’s individual needs
  • Basic necessities such as toys, treats, and some food
  • Trips back to the shelter to bring your foster in for vaccinations and check-ups as needed
  • Insight into the animal’s personality to help us at time of adoption

What does LHS provide?

  • All medical care
  • A starter kit with food and toys
  • Carrier for kittens/puppies
  • Collar with ID tags for animals over 3 months of age (and leash if requested)
  • Crate if requested
  • Support and advice

How long do animals stay in foster care?

  • Every animal is unique and the time in your care will vary.  Some may only need a week or two, while others may need a few months.  The estimated timeframe for each foster animal will be explained ahead of time.

Can I foster if I already have animals?

  • Absolutely!  We do recommend foster animals be kept isolated from personal pets to reduce the spread of common shelter illnesses.  While we provide all medications for foster animals, we do not provide any medical care for your personal pets.  It is important to have your animals fully vaccinated before bringing home a foster animal.

How will I know when animals are in need of foster homes?

  • We notify everyone listed in the foster care network via email when animals are ready to go into foster homes.

How do I sign up?

  • Click here to complete the foster care application online, OR
  • Print and complete the foster care application and mail to: 
    Lexington Humane Society
    1600 Old Frankfort Pike
    Lexington, KY 40504
    Attention: Foster Care
  • After receiving the application, our Foster Care Coordinator will contact you to conduct a brief phone interview and to explain the program in greater detail.

Want to know more?

We’d love to provide you with additional info!  Please call our Foster Care Coordinator at 859-233-0044 x 246 or send an email to [email protected].

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