Become a foster volunteer for animals in need.
Do you want to help animals but don’t have time to volunteer in a shelter? Foster volunteering might be right for you.
Through foster care, thousands of animals have received special care before getting a second chance at a forever home. So many of our animals need foster care before they are ready to find new homes, and this need continues to increase. Foster volunteers take responsibility for spending individualized time with these animals and providing a safe environment and loving home for them until they are able to go up for adoption.
Foster care volunteers care for:
- Pregnant or nursing mothers
- Animals that are too young for adoption
- Animals who require supportive health care or post-surgery recovery
- Animals who need work with behavioral issues.
While you are fostering the SFAHS provides basic necessities for their care including:
- Litter (if necessary)
- Food/Water Bowls
- Medications (if necessary)
If needed, training and care instructions will be provided. Vet techs and kennel staff can also offer their help if needed.
Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, and it changes animals' lives in a very direct way. Your act of kindness is repaid in rewards that are beyond words.
If you are interested in becoming a foster, please download the application and submit it to the shelter at the mailing address below, email it, or stop by to drop it off. After you application has been received and approved, you'll be contacted by email or phone by our foster coordinator when we have animals that we need to place in foster care!
Mail applications to...
Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
Attn: Foster Volunteering
3720 E. Benson Rd.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
*Most applications are approved within just a few days, depending on the coordinators availability and the application in question.
Foster Care Application
Please refer to our Foster Manual for more information on what fostering all entails and requirements of our foster caregivers. All fostering policies and procedures are set forth to look out for the best interest of the animals in the care of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
Cat/Kitten Foster Manual
Dog/Puppy Foster Manual
Monday: 11AM-6PM Tuesday: 11AM-6PM Wednesday: 11AM-6pm Thursday: 11AM-7PM Friday: 11AM-7PM
Saturday: 11AM-6PM Sunday: 11AM-6PM
Shelter open hours medical contacts.
Vetrinarian - Anna Braunschmidt, DVM: (605) 338-4441 Ext 116
Vet Tech - Lisa Micko: (605) 338-4441 Ext 117
After hours emergency contacts.
Humane Officer - Andy Oestreich: (605) 254-4057
General questions or concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do animals need to stay in foster care?
The typical foster stay is two weeks to six weeks, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The time frame of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.
What kind of animals need foster care?
Puppies and kittens under two months, mothers with nursing litters, dogs or cats with medical conditions or injuries, and behavioral or medical special needs animals.
Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own?
Yes, we welcome pet owners as foster volunteers. Please keep in mind that there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals in any setting. However, the risk is minimal if your pets are vaccinated and in good health.
What expenses are involved in foster care?
SFAHS provides the basic necessities to care for animals Foster families provide housing, exercise, socialization, and lots of love! SFAHS provides all medical care for the animals in foster homes, including vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and medications.