Become an Animal Foster Caregiver!


Thank you for your interest in becoming an HSCC foster parent volunteer. HSCC saves more than 1,600 animals each year through our Animal Foster Care Program.  Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some animals need as little as one night or two nights of care, some two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.

Our greatest foster needs are:

  • Adult Dogs
  • Dogs with litters
  • Cats with litters
  • Orphaned kitten and puppies that are simply too young and should never be in a shelter

By offering TLC, and open up your home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter. HSCC is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons when kitten season is starting.

To foster a dog or cat

  1. An online Dog and/or Cat Foster application is required.  
  2. Be of age. The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. However, young people can help at home and potentially receive school credit.
  3. Be in the area. Foster volunteers must be able to get to our shelter in Waldorf, Maryland on a regular basis. Please consider the potential commute before applying to volunteer.
  4. Speak to the Foster Care Coordinator.  After you have submitted your foster application, we will be in touch with you about the next steps of fostering and go over foster information.
  5. Start saving lives.  HSCC will assist you with the foster animals that suit your lifestyle.

Most common reasons animals require foster care:

  • Kittens and puppies who are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.
  • Cats or dogs who are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. The shelter is not the place for mothers with nursing litters.
  • Cats or dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.
  • Animals just needing a break from the loud environment.

HSCC PROVIDES: all veterinary care and medicine, food (if needed, however, we cannot always guarantee you will receive the same food your foster animal is use to), formula for all kittens and/or puppies, plus plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.


Foster parent volunteers provide: your time, a place in their home, and lots of love.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering — CLICK HERE 

If you are interested in being an animal foster volunteer with HSCC start with the foster application



Here’s how the Humane Society of Charles County foster care works:

  • After your application has been vetted, and when you are an approved foster, when HSCC receives animals who are not ready to be placed up for adoption, we post help needed in our “Animal Foster Caregiver” Closed Facebook group page.  If you cannot foster at the time we need help, no worries, there will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take an animal.
  • Foster parents come to our shelter located in Waldorf, Maryland to pick up the foster animal to take home. At that time, volunteers receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.
  • Foster parents may need to bring the animal to HSCC periodically to be examined by our veterinarian, receive vaccinations or other treatment.
  • Once the foster period is over, the foster volunteer returns the animal to HSCC.
  • HSCCs’ medical team will complete final steps necessary to prepare the animal for adoption.

If you have any questions, please email

Click to Read Fostering FAQ’s