The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s foster program is designed to help increase our number of adoptions, while allowing animals to mature outside of the shelter environment. The foster program is used primarily for kittens and puppies that are too young to be placed up for adoption, as well as nursing mothers. The foster program helps lower the number of animals euthanized each year, while increasing the number adopted.

How It Works:

  • When puppies and kittens are surrendered to the shelter, they are assessed by the shelter director to determine whether or not the animal will need foster.
  • If it is determined that the animal needs foster, homes are contacted. The first to say yes is able to come down and pick up the animals along with any available supplies.
  • The animal is raised at your house until big enough to go up for adoption.
  • Animals are either returned to the shelter for adoption, or placed on the website to be adopted out of the foster home.
  • Once the animal is adopted fosters are given the option to be put back in the rotation or to take a break from fostering.

We are always looking to expand our foster program and encourage our community to get involved. We ask that you attend a foster orientation so that you gain a better knowledge of the shelter and our mission.

Things to Consider Before Fostering:

  • Time: You will need to socialize your foster animal for at least 1-2 hours a day per animal. Also puppies and kittens should not be left home alone for more then 8 hours without someone checking in on them.
  • Pets: If you have your own pets in the house you should consider the risks to them as well. Foster animals do occasionally get sick and if your pets are not fully vaccinated you do run the risk of your own pet getting sick.
  • Cleaning: You will need to have the time each day to clean up after your foster. Most foster animals are not housetrained and will need to be cleaned up after daily.
  • Attachment: Are you emotionally able to foster? You will get attached to your foster animals, and returning them for adoption can be difficult, but you should remind yourself that you can always foster another animal, and you’re providing them the best option for finding a forever home.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, fill out an online Foster Application Form

If you have further questions please contact foster coordinator Donna Sutton at or by phone at (509) 662-9577 ext. 422.