Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster caregiver for Dakin Humane Society! Our foster program is made up of a large network of dedicated volunteers who open their hearts and homes to animals when they need help most. As a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization, your support changes lives and helps keep people and pets together.

Dakin is currently seeking foster caregivers for the following roles:

    Small Animals

    • Skill level: Beginner

    First-time foster caregivers are welcome! The primary foster caregiver must be over 18 years of age, but we encourage fostering to be a fun activity that involves the whole family. Small animals include rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, degus, chinchillas, hamsters, rats, gerbils, and birds. Every animal that needs foster care is unique. Some small animals may require medication, regular weight tracking, and other record-keeping. Our staff will train you on these skills and staff along with Dakin foster mentors are always available to answer any questions you may have.

    Adult Cats with Behavioral Needs

    • Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced

    Adult cats who struggle with a variety of behavioral challenges need the help of a foster home as the shelter environment may be too much for them. Behavior issues could include but are not limited to fear and severe shyness, not eating due to stress, and having a strict limit on how much they like to be touched before possibly lashing out. Foster caregivers for these cats should be experienced in the safe handling and behavior of difficult cats and understand their body language and boundaries. Experience in positive reinforcement training is ideal!


    • Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced

    Dogs need foster homes before moving on to adoption for a variety of reasons from medical to behavioral. Dog foster caregivers should be experienced and comfortable with dogs, especially those who struggle with change, fear, and require behavior observation and modification. Some dogs may require oral medication, weight tracking, and record-keeping for our veterinary team to manage their care. Due to the complex needs of each dog, there are more opportunities for foster homes that do not have resident dogs or young children.

    Required: Dog foster caregivers must complete a brief webinar.

    • Click here and register for a free account
    • Using the search bar, enter, “Canine Body Language in the Shelter”
    • Click the first result and complete the webinar
    • Complete the quiz at the end of the video and email your results/certificate to Megan Nowak, Dakin’s Volunteer and Foster Care Coordinator at

    STEP 1: Watch our orientation video

    STEP 2: Complete a foster enrollment application

    After you’ve watched the orientation, complete this form in its entirety. The application processing time can range from 1-7 days. Once approved, you’ll begin receiving emails from us with a list of animals who are looking for foster homes!


    We’re here for you. Visit our website for resources specifically for our fosters. When you become a Dakin foster caregiver, you receive access to our team of foster mentors, experienced volunteers who are ready to answer your questions and concerns. You may also reach out to us directly, any time by emailing