Be a Foster Care Hero


With the help of an amazing group of foster volunteers, the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) Foster Care Program gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and thrive in loving foster homes.  Through this exciting partnership between our staff and volunteers, Atlanta Humane Society is able to:

  • Accept more animals into our shelter which increases our capacity to save the lives of animals
  • Reduce the amount of time an animal stays in our shelter
  • Increase adoptions by better preparing animals to become beloved family members

Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes, perfect for those who want to volunteer but may not be able to make it to the shelter regularly. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.

Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles, and we will do our best to custom-match the animals to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter.  Atlanta Humane Society is ALWAYS looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.


  • Kittens and puppies who are too young to be spayed /neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. It is only when the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds that they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.
  • Cats or dogs who are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.
  • Cats or dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.
  • Cats or dogs who are overwhelmed by the shelter environment and need the one-on-one attention that only a foster home can provide.

Atlanta Humane Society provides ALL veterinary care, medicine, food and supplies needed for the foster animals, in addition to plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.

Foster parent volunteers provide a nurturing, warm, safe environment and lots of love.


  • When Atlanta Humane Society receives animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, we contact our volunteer foster parents.  Our foster parents then let us know if they are available to foster. There is no pressure to foster; they only foster who and when they are able to do so.
  • Foster parents come to AHS to pick up the foster animal to take home. At that time, volunteers receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.
  • Foster parents may need to bring the animal to AHS periodically to be examined by our veterinarian or to receive vaccinations or other treatment.
  • Once the foster period is over, the foster volunteer returns the animal to AHS.
  • The medical team completes the final steps necessary to prepare the animal for adoption.


The Adoption Ambassadors program is foster care taken to the next level: Not only are lives saved, but space, time and resources are freed up inside our shelter to care for more animals in need. Atlanta Humane Society supplies simple training and a few tools, and foster parents take it from there.


  • Feed, socialize, groom, train and provide medication if needed
  • Take to events and approved locations to find the dog’s new family
  • Interview prospective new families and facilitate the adoption
  • Provide positive human interaction – petting, brushing, love
  • Observe animal’s health and report behavior back to Adoption Ambassadors Coordinator

Why it works:

  • Return rates for dogs are reduced by 41%
  • Ambassadors reach a pool of adopters who might not have considered adopting a shelter dog
  • Adopters learn more about the animal’s personality through a foster family



Please contact our Foster Coordinator, Kelly Teasley, at