Did you know?

We saved over 500 lives last year because our Foster Volunteers opened their homes to abandoned animals in need!  What more incentive do you need to open your home to save a life. We are grateful to our current fosters and think they do amazing work to save lives.  Interested in Fostering?  Sign up today!

Foster Application

Fostering is a great way to volunteer for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley. Fostering is providing temporary housing for an animal until he or she is ready for adoption. Our Foster Program exists to give young animals a chance to grow big and strong before spay/neuter and to give injured, sick, or under-socialized animals an opportunity to heal.  Your help allows us take more animals in from our partner shelters across East Tennessee that may be at risk of euthanasia.

What is involved in being a foster parent?

Foster parents are asked to provide shelter, love, and care for an animal(s) in need and our organization will supply the rest based on donation of supplies from our supporters.  We include transport crate, kennel, food, potty pads, litter, toys, bowls, playpens, medical supplies, vet treatments, and all the support you need. If you decide to provide any of the items listed we are happy to give you a signed letter to support your tax deduction!  The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley maintains legal guardianship of all animals in foster care and covers all medical costs.

Types of animals that need foster homes
Puppies or kittens too young/small to be adopted
A mother with her litter of kittens or puppies
Puppies during 7 day quarantine
Timid dogs or cats that need socialization and love
Elderly animals needing end-of-life care (Hospice)
Medical Needs dogs or cats
Any animal when the shelter becomes overcrowded
Click below for more information!

Foster Care Guide


Questions? Feel free to send an email to!

If you can’t foster but want to support our program, check out our Amazon Wishlist! We greatly appreciate the support!!