The Humane Society of New Orleans puts our adoptable dogs into foster homes after they have been deemed semi-rehabiltiated from their abuse and adoptable. This gives these dogs and cats the ability to recover from the horrific abuse many have recieved and makes them more social and "normal" to the public for adoption. In many cases our foster volunteers, based on their training and experience, have the opportunity to work with these animals to correct some of the behavior problems that may have led to the animals surrender.

Aside from regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming, exercise), the responsibilities of a foster home may include basic training (housetraining, walking on leash, sit, down); behavior modification (to correct problems such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing, dashing through doors); socialization and temperament evaluation (to determine whether the dog is good with different types of people and other animals); medical care (dispensing medication, taking the dog to vet appointments), and of course plenty of playtime and snuggling.

After the dog has been nursed back to health, evaluated, and trained, the search begins for a permanent home. Possible methods for finding an adoptive home include hanging posters at your workplace, and pet supply stores; attending adoption events; putting an ad in the newspaper; posting the dog's picture on websites; and simply spreading the word about the dog to anyone who will listen. Prospective adopters will have the opportunity to come and meet the dog in a home setting. All adoptions take place at the shelter.

Fostering a dog may seem like a formidable task, but it's a very tangible way to make a difference. Everyone benefits: The foster volunteer gets to spend time with a special dog, and the kennel gains space for a new dog. The foster dog gets a break from kennel life and a second chance at becoming a cherished pet. The new owners get a dog that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently.

All Humane Society of New Orleans Foster Caretakers are required to complete the following:

  1. Complete a background check | If you have been convicted of any animal crime you are not eligible for our foster program. Non-animal related offenses are taken into consideration when making a determination on your suitability as a foster home. 
  2. Complete a training session | You will be required to demonstrate a good grasp of animal behavior and care knowledge through the form of a written test after the training session. 

If you would like to start the process for becoming a Humane Society of New Orleans foster home, please click here!