The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s foster program is designed to increase the number of adoptions, while allowing animals to mature outside of the shelter environment.

This program expands our capacity to care for homeless and injured animals, which helps create higher success rates. It is a very important component to the shelter’s live release rate and would not be possible without dedicated volunteer fosters.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society volunteer foster families host shelter animals for a variety of reasons.


  • Medical Foster: Typically, these are animals with a treatable illness, but should be temporarily removed for recovery and to reduce the spread of disease with the shelter. This type of foster requires a foster room that is not accessible to any resident pets.  Administering medication may be required and fosters need to feel comfortable doing so. Medical fosters can also be recovering from serious injuries and need rehabilitation. This type of foster can be emotional, since sick animals are at greater risk of complications. 

  • Under-socialized dogs/cats:  At times, nervous or under-socialized animals can regress in the shelter environment. This type of foster is best suited for individuals who have plenty of free time to make progress with a scared animal. There is bite risk if not handled correctly, so it is best if there are no small children in the home. This type of foster requires a lot of patience, and dedication to the animal’s growth. Depending on the animal, they may be adopted from the foster home instead of returning to the shelter. 

  • Bottle Baby Kittens & Puppies: Neonatals displaced from mom too early are unable to survive on their own. They cannot regulate their temperature, eat solid foods, or potty. They must eat every 2-4 hrs and require constant monitoring to ensure they’re healthy. They are the most time consuming fosters, but also one of the most important. This type of foster is best suited for individuals who work from home, are retired, off for the summer, or can bring them to work.

  • Weaned Puppies/Kittens: The most commonly placed foster animals. They are able to eat and potty on their own, but are not quite ready for adoption. This is arguably the most “fun” type of foster, but are still a lot of work! They are great for individuals who are not home all day, but can provide care morning and night. Young puppies and kittens require daily socialization, cleaning, and training. These types of fosters remain in home until approx. eight (8) weeks of age or are big enough to undergo spay/neuter surgery. Following surgery, they are immediately returned to the shelter for adoption.  

  • Small Critters: Occasionally bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, (or whatever else we may get) may need a fostering. Sometimes they are medical fosters, but most commonly are needed due to pregnancy or for moms with babies who are not ready for adoption.

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

For more information on the foster program experience, please visit our FAQs.

If you have questions please contact Aysia Arrell (cat foster) or Donna Sutton (dog foster) or by phone at (509) 662-9577.

There is only one foster application for both cats and dogs.
After you fill out the application, it will be available to both Foster Coordinators and they will contact you accordingly.