How it works
We provide all the supplies you need until the animal can be returned to the shelter for adoption. You provide a shelter animal with a temporary home. The necessary requirements are to have a separate room (spare room, laundry room, bathroom, etc.) to quarantine the foster animal from other animals in your home and a vehicle to transport the foster pet to and from the shelter as needed.
If you live outside Winnipeg, you can still foster for us, if you’re able to transport your foster pets into the city for check-ups and supplies.
Things you should know before fostering
- Common illnesses in cats and dogs, and how you can handle them as a foster parent
- Behaviour issues with dogs and cats, and how you can understand and help your foster animals
- Important tips on how to socialize kittens and puppies
- Opportunities to participate in beginner and advanced dog training classes
Animals who need foster care
- Moms and babies (cats and dogs)
- Orphaned kittens or puppies
- Cats and dogs with minor injuries
- Dogs that don’t “show” well in a shelter atmosphere and need to be adopted through fostering
- Cats and dogs that just need a break from the shelter
Behaviour Fosters will provide a home environment for dogs and monitor what the canine’s behaviour is like in a home setting. These fosters will report the dog’s behaviour back to the WHS which helps potential adopters learn more.
- Must have previous dog experience.
- Complete four obedience classes with WHS Behaviour Instructors OR have attended a WHS obedience class with their own dog.
- Commit to an extended foster period and work closely with the Behaviour Department to determine the duration of stay.
- Work closely with the Behaviour Department to decide which dog is best suited to their household based on any children or resident pets.
To learn more about the program or become a Behaviour Foster, please contact the Behaviour Department at 204-988-8808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also be interested in our SafePet program, which helps individuals leaving abusive partners by providing temporary housing for their pets.
We have a Foster Mentorship program, so that more senior fosters can assist newer fosters with the process and assessments.