Become a foster family

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is able to save so many lives thanks, in part, to our foster program. The Foster Program is a vital, life-saving program that makes an enormous difference for the animals in our care. Volunteer families provide a loving environment for HSTT pets who need a little extra TLC while awaiting adoption. You can choose to foster dogs, cats, puppies and kittens...whatever best fits into your lifestyle. We’ll provide all the support and supplies that you'll need.

Fostering is an excellent way to help animals while enjoying the company of a pet on a short-term or long-term basis. If you are interested in joining our family of foster volunteers, you will first need to attend our general volunteer orientation. This orientation covers the goals and policies of the organization, as well as explaining volunteer opportunities. Please contact Erin Ellis, our Community Engagement Director for volunteer orientation details at 530-582-2472 or

Once you’ve completed the general volunteer orientation, please reach out to Samantha Laroche, our Volunteer and Foster Program Manager at 530-582-7719 or  to sign up for the foster training class. This training is mandatory before you can begin fostering. Please complete the online foster application. You can also download the foster application form, complete and return it to us.

Learn more about our foster program via our dog fostering guidelinescat fostering guidelines and foster agreement.