Foster Program

Click Here to See Animals Currently in need of fostering

Volunteer Foster Parents provide temporary in home care for animals that are not quite ready to find their forever homes, as well as providing palliative care for animals requiring a quiet, comfortable home for the remainder of their life.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer Foster Parent

As a volunteer foster parent you will provide a temporary home to an animal in need. The Toronto Humane Society provides Foster Parents with food, supplies, medications and veterinary care.

Foster Volunteer Requirements:

Step 1 – Attend a Foster Orientation Session

The first step to becoming a Toronto Humane Society Foster Parent is to attend an orientation session. During the session you will learn more about the Toronto Humane Society and the role of volunteer foster parents.

Information about upcoming mandatory Foster Orientation Sessions will be posted below, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Sessions occur approximately every 6 weeks, so please check back regularly.

Next Foster Orientation Sessions:

  • Saturday, December 16th
  • Wednesday, December 20th

All orientation sessions are held at the Toronto Humane Society and are about an hour in length. Please email the foster department at to register and get the start time of the session.

Step 2 – Submit an application

Once you have attended a foster orientation session you may submit an application to become a Toronto Humane Society Foster Parent. The application helps us learn about your family, household and your experience.

Step 3 – Attend an interview

A member of our foster staff will contact you directly for an interview date and time. During the interview we will discuss your application and answer questions or concerns you may have.

Step 4 – Attend training sessions as required

Foster parents are provided with informational manuals and hands-on training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to our most frequently asked question by potential Volunteer Foster Parents here.

Contact Us

Still have questions? E-mail us at or call 416-392-2273 ext. 2104

Click here for our Foster Care Agreement.

Click here for our Foster Application Form.