fostering_pic_feeding_baby_croppedThe Brevard Humane Society depends on foster families to care for animals that would not
have very good odds otherwise. We consider our foster parents/families to be VERY special and important. Placing animals in foster care helps to ensure that they are family ready and will make wonderful new additions to loving “forever” homes.

Did you ever wish that you could have a pet that would stay a puppy or kitten forever? If your answer is YES, then you should consider applying to become a “foster parent” for the Humane Society. Foster parents are volunteers who are willing to open both their homes and hearts to provide temporary care for animals in need. This generally includes puppies and kittens that are orphaned or are too young to be placed up for adoption, injured animals throughout their recovery period, adult females with nursing offspring, or animals that are sick or in need of medical attention.

Generally speaking, kittens and puppies need to remain in a foster home until they are:
• (8) Weeks Old and Reach at Least (2) Pounds in Weight
• Sick or Injured Animals Would Be Returned After Recovery

Once the age, weight, and health requirements are met, the animals are returned to the Humane Society to be spayed or neutered, receive their vaccinations, and be placed up for adoption. It can be difficult to say “goodbye”, but foster care is a very rewarding and fulfilling program that helps to save the lives of animals that may not have had a chance otherwise.
* Frequently Asked Questions on Becoming a Foster Parent

How do I become a foster parent?
Simply download and complete our Foster Parent Application, along with our questionnaire on Becoming a Foster Parent. Once these forms have been completed, you can mail it to the Brevard Humane Society (1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, FL 32926) or email it to

Your application will be reviewed, and if selected, you will be contacted for an interview/home inspection. Prior to becoming a foster parent, you must complete the Shelter’s Volunteer Orientation and Animal Handling Program before you will be approved as a foster parent. Once approved, you will decide which types of animals (kittens, puppies, cats, dogs or animals with ‘special needs’) you will be able to care for. When the need for a foster home arises you will be contacted. It is always your choice to accept or decline each individual foster opportunity.

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For more information on how to become a foster parent, contact the Foster & Rescue Program Coordinator at (321) 636-3343 or

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