Become a Foster Volunteer

The Hawaiian Humane Society’s foster care program helps animals in need of temporary tender, loving care.  Approximately 150 animals are in foster homes at any given time. Shelter animals in need of care may be too young, underweight, ill, injured, recovering from surgery and/or require more socialization before adoption.




Volunteer Requirements

  • Age – Foster Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Time Commitment – The foster care period may last anywhere from 2 weeks to several months, depending on the animal’s needs. Foster volunteers must foster at least one animal per year in order to stay active as a volunteer.
  • Transportation – Foster Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from our Mōʻiliʻili campus for pickup, mandatory checkup appointments and treatment of any medical issues that may arise during the foster period.
  • Housing – Hawaiian Humane foster animals will need to be housed indoors in a safe and secure environment that is able to be cleaned and disinfected. Foster Volunteers are expected to follow any established housing rules and restrictions as well as abide by all state and country laws related to animals.


Learn about the joy of being a foster parent.


Foster Volunteer FAQ

  • How does the Foster Care Program work?

    When our Veterinary Services or Animals Behavior Teams identify an animal that would benefit from foster care, our Foster Care Team contacts potential foster volunteers to see if they could give the animal a foster home. The foster volunteer must bring the animal back to the shelter periodically for check-ups and vaccinations during the time they are fostering.

  • What do foster volunteers do?

    Foster Volunteers are responsible for housing, feeding, cleaning, socializing and providing additional medical care or treatments as directed by Hawaiian Humane Society Veterinarians.

  • What is provided to foster care volunteers?

    We provide all foster volunteers with basic supplies. Medical care for Hawaiian Humane foster animals is provided by shelter staff throughout the foster period.

  • What kind of animals need foster care?

    Placement needs typically include canines, felines and small animals (rabbits and guinea pigs) of various ages and sizes with some animals requiring daily medication or other specialized care.