Temporary Care - Nashville Humane
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Temporary Care


For pet-parents in crisis, our Safety Net and Foster departments combine to create a safe haven for those in need. Temporary Care, otherwise known as crisis fostering, allows the pet-parent in need to receive life-saving services and work toward crisis resolution all while having peace of mind in knowing their pet – which over 80% of persons consider a family member – is safe and secure. The ultimate aim of this program being to reunite pets with their families following a crisis, with the pet’s maximum length-in-program being no longer than 90 days.

Are You In Need of Temporary Care?


Those working toward crisis resolution and experiencing foreclosure, eviction, hospitalization, rehabilitation, house fire or natural disaster, domestic violence and other crises may qualify for Temporary Care.


To Apply For Temporary Care, Click Here and email our Safety Net Resource Coordinator alexandra@nashvillehumane.org with photos of your pet, allowing up to 72 hours for repsonse with Temporary Care being available as resources allow.


Please Note: We are unable to provide Temporary Care for reasons relating to personal choice such as relocating for work, travel, pet restrictions in current rental, awaiting closing on a house, pregnancy of pet-parent, etc.


Please Note: We are currently unable to consider new requests now through end of year (12/31/21) due to those currently in program and foster/staff bandwidth available. 
How I Can Support Temporary Care?


  • Foster for Temporary Care. This is our largest need! Fosters should live within an hour of NHA and be 18+ with a shared goal of keeping pets with the families who love them.
  • Donate Tangible Goods or Monetarily. Please specify “Safety Net” when donating for maximum impact.
  • Partner with Safety Net. Human service partners are especially needed in meeting both ends of the leash. To partner, email alexandra@nashvillehumane.org
Additional Resources


Those seeking Temporary Care may also opt to post their pet to the rehoming networks listed on our Rehoming Resources page, stipulating the desire to reunite with their pet in the pet’s bio – made simple by using our Let’s Build a Bio tool and Animal Sheltering’s Sample Temporary Care Contract. Need more resources? Visit our comprehensive and topic-driven Directory of Resources which offers resources for humans and their pets alike!


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What Our Clients Are Saying About Temporary Care at NHA..
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In February, I found myself in a situation where I needed Mrs. Reagan, the love of my life, fostered for a few weeks. I was referred to the Temporary Care program at Nashville Humane Association where I was put in contact with their Safety Net Resource Coordinator Alexandra who couldn’t have been more friendly, caring and helpful! A very genuine individual, she made me feel comfortable with leaving Reagan rather than uneasy. NHA ensured Ms. Reagan was up to date on shots, spayed her and found a wonderful foster for my baby! NHA and Alexandra made what was a very difficult time for me as painless as possible. I can’t thank them enough and was just floored by the kindness. Once settled completely in Nashville I will definitely be volunteering my time to them for whatever needs they have. Thanks again, NHA!



Gail and Ms. Reagan the Dog

Joanelle and Jude

I can’t say enough about the Temporary Care provided by Nashville Humane Association. I adore my wonderful dog Jude so much. He keeps me moving with his love of long walks and playing catch. He’s just so loving! When I needed to receive treatment involving a hospital stay I absolutely felt panicked. Fortunately, Nashville Humane Association was OUR best friend. Jude stayed with a loving foster family for seven days and even came home with a new harness, leash and great new toys! Alexandra was so kind and caring. Jude got a health checkup and vaccinations. For an older person on a very fixed income, facing an unexpected hospital stay could mean putting a beloved four-legged family member in a precarious care situation. I’m so grateful Alexandra and the foster family were there to give my sweet Jude great care and lots of love. Just a beautiful service for older folks and their pets here in Nashville!


Joanelle and Jude the Dog


Nashville Humane Association’s Temporary Care program means a lot to me! When we were in a hard situation, we didn’t know who to turn to or who was going to help us take care of Ozzie. If it wasn’t for NHA’s Temporary Care program, I honestly wouldn’t have known what to do. It provided so much and Ozzie met some beautiful families and was spoiled throughout his journey – even gained a little weight! And I gained so much love for the program! It’s truly a blessing having programs like these helping families stay together – It helped me stay with my Ozzie! NHA Temporary Care program is an angel in disguise!


Brianna and Ozzie the Dog

Meagan and Jenny

The Temporary Care program at NHA was truly such a blessing. They took wonderful care of my cat Jenny this summer, when I did not have a consistent permanent home to live in.  I never had to worry about Jenny, I knew she was receiving all the love and care possible while in their hands. They went above and beyond with regular updates and pics of Jenny. When we were reunited,  they even gave Jenny plenty of cat toys and other necessities. I am beyond grateful for this program and their generosity and love for animals!


Meagan and Jenny the Cat