Thank You for Considering Becoming a Foster Parent for Heartland!
Fostering pets is very rewarding! Fostering increases the likelihood of adoption. When the pet you’ve fostered is accepted into a forever home it is because of the love you’ve given them! It's fun! You’re able to show your foster animal what a life filled with love should be. And most of all - Fostering save lives!
The more foster homes that are available, the more lives Heartland can save!
Please see the testimonials from some of our foster parents below:
There are many different pets that come to Heartland who benefit greatly from a foster home.
Pregnant cats and dogs: When a cat or dog arrives at Heartland pregnant, they require special love and care in a home environment until they give birth to their babies and care for their babies until the babies can be weaned.
Very young kittens and puppies: Some pets arrive too young to be housed in the shelter. Some of these pets will require bottle feeding. These pets will require the love and care of their foster parent(s) until they are old enough to return to the shelter or until they are adopted.
Older pets, pets will illness or injury, and pets who find it very difficult adjusting to a shelter environment: Some pets simply find the shelter too stressful! These pets will benefit from a loving and caring foster home until they are able to find their forever home!
Heartland's foster coordinator will work with the potential foster parents to find their foster match.
Responsibilities of a foster parent:
The foster parent is responsible for providing shelter, food, water, toys, socialization and love to the foster pet(s).
When needed, the foster parent is responsible for administering medication, ensuring a special diet is followed, and/or continuing necessary training.
The foster parent is responsible for monitoring medical and behavior of the foster pet(s), and providing information to shelter staff.
The foster parent is responsible for providing transportation to vet appointments as needed.
The cost of fostering a pet is now tax deductible in Illinois. Click here for more information: link
How to get started:
For more information on fostering please email
The animals thank you for opening your home to them
to give them that second chance at life and love....