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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foster Parent!

The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is always in great need for foster homes. The HSU’s Foster Care staff and dedicated volunteer foster parents work with nearly 3,000 animals each year.

The Foster Care program exists to help animals that have already been surrendered for adoption. If you have a personal pet that you cannot keep for a period of time because of a personal problem, please look into local boarding/daycare facilities. 

Temporary homes are needed for the following types of animals:

  • Mama cats or dogs with kittens and puppies too young to be placed for adoption.
  • Orphan kittens or puppies, without a mama, in need of bottle-feeding. (We supply the milk replacement formula).
  • Kittens or puppies who are beyond bottle feeding, but still need several weeks in a home before they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and placed in adoptions.
  • Sick or injured animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, small pocket pets) that need time to rest and receive medication in a home.
  • Foster homes are also needed for adult dogs and cats that need socializing. Sometimes these animals are just cage-shy and don’t show well at the shelter. Other animals become depressed from being at the shelter and stop eating. These pets need lots of TLC in a loving home!

Important information:

  • Medicine will always be supplied for sick animals.
  • Kitten and puppy milk replacement formula will be provided for orphaned babies without a mama.
  • We ask that foster parents provide the food for their foster pets unless otherwise indicated for a sick animal.
  • In the Spring and Summer, our greatest need is for mama cats with litters, bottle feeding kittens and orphaned kittens that are not bottle feeding but need more time before being ready for adoption.
  • If you wish to be a foster parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your own pets are always current on their vaccinations. This includes Bordetella.
  • Foster time in homes ranges from 10 days to approximately 2 months. We ask that you keep the animal(s) as long as it takes to ensure their good health and adoptability.

To fill out the Foster Care Application online, please complete the form below. For more information about becoming a foster parent, please call the Foster Care staff at 801-261-2919 ext. 215, or email

Being a foster parent is fun and rewarding. AND you are literally a lifesaver!!

Foster Care Application