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Become a Foster and Save a Life!


Foster families are essential members of the Nashville Humane Association family. Foster caregivers provide care for shelter animals in their home. Foster animals can be with a foster family anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and are a valuable resource used to place shelter animals in homes that fit their needs. If you are interested in opening your home and providing socialization and love to a shelter animal, fostering might be for you!

How do I sign up?


We are so excited you’re joining our Nashville Humane Association Foster Family!


Click here to fill out a foster application!


Questions? Contact our foster coordinator!
615-352-1010 x 337

What kind of animals need foster homes?


Many people wonder what kinds of animals need foster homes– the answer is ALL kinds of animals. Here is short list of some our more typical needs:


  • Puppies or kittens too young to be adopted.
  • An under-socialized cat or dog that needs socialization and tender loving care.
  • An injured dog or cat recovering from surgery.
  • A dog or cat with a cold or cough.
  • A dog or cat recovering from a treatable medical condition.
  • An abandoned mother with a litter of kittens or puppies.
  • Any animal when the shelter becomes overcrowded.


Time commitment and responsibility


We will be with you every step of the way– to answer your questions and offer support. We also provide veterinary care, food and other equipment you will need. Your commitment and responsibilities depend on the situation and animal. Animals going into foster care will at first be a little nervous and stressed. The animals will depend on foster parents for guidance through this adjustment period. We are always here to take your phone calls, or see you in person for support. Here is a list of some of the typical time commitments for different animals:


  • Weaned Kittens: 1-3 weeks
  • Kittens with Mom: 2-8 weeks,
  • Injured Cats: 1 week – 2 months
  • Dogs with cold: 2 weeks
  • Injured Dogs: 1 week – 2 months
  • Orphaned Puppies or Kittens: 2-8 weeks


How hard is it to say goodbye?


Many people are hesitant to become foster parents, because they worry they won’t be able to let the dog or cat go, once it is healthy enough for adoption. While saying goodbye is never easy, veteran foster families tell us that when you think of how many lives you are saving by offering your home and support to animals that would have had to stay in the shelter– it makes saying goodbye a happier experience. You are helping by being temporary placement while the animal waits for his/her permanent home!


Are there any risks to my pets at home?


Anytime an animal is exposed to another animal, whether at a dog park, a vet’s office or a friend’s home, there is always a health risk. But if a foster family’s animals are current on their vaccinations, maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and are not elderly or very young– then any health risk is minimal. Proper hygiene and preventative measures will reduce the risk of disease. Before you foster, be sure to ask any questions you have on your mind. We will also have a booklet for you to take home as a reference guide.


Click here to fill out a foster application!

Interested in fostering owned pets as well?

Foster for Temporary Care, otherwise known as crisis fostering for owned pets! Email and apply to Foster for Temporary Care today and thank you for helping us to keep pets with the families who love them!