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. Foster 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.

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. You are required to go through the volunteer orientation before being able to become foster trained. Please contact Erin Ellis, our Community Engagement Director for volunteer orientation information at

Once you’ve completed the general volunteer orientation, please reach out to Samantha Laroche, our Volunteer and Foster Program Manager at to be provided the information for foster training. This training is mandatory before you can begin fostering. Please complete the online foster application prior to the training

Learn more about our foster program via our Foster Pet Guidelines and Foster Care Agreement