Good Shepherd Humane Society in Eureka Springs has many foster opportunities for those in the community willing to host one of our dogs or cats under a variety of foster programs. Fostering not only allows us to provide life-saving benefits to more animals in our community, it also provides a safer, cleaner, and less stressful environment for our cats and dogs to thrive in before finding their forever home and getting adopted. They learn how to behave in the home, and go into an adoption situation better suited for success, thus lowering returns and rehoming due to behavioral problems. 

We offer many ways to get started fostering for good Shepherd! 

Long Term Fostering – A dog or cat is placed into long term foster care where they will remain until an adoptive family has been found. Foster families agree to allow potential adopters to meet with the animal in their care and to help facilitate the adoption with the Good Shepherd Humane Society Staff.

Pawjama Program/Weekend Fostering – A program for dogs (cats don’t like change enough to particapte in this program) in which someone who would like to spend some time with a dog, but isn’t ready for the longer term commitment of adopting or long term fostering, can invite one of our pups to spend the night or a few nights in their home. This gives the dogs a welcome break from the shelter environment, helps us gather information on our dogs’ behaviors to help us place them with adopters easier, and helps the dogs learn proper manners. The Pawjama Program can happen at any time, not just on the weekends! 

Doggie Field Trip Foster Program Our field trip program for dogs (again, cats don’t like change enough to benefit from this program) is a great way to get your canine fix one adventure at a time! Just like the overnight program above, the field trip allows our dogs a break from the shelter environment, get some exercise, practice (or learn!) good leash skills, learn how to behave out and about in the real world, exposes them to attention and possible interested adopters, and gives us more information on their behaviors so that we can place them in a home easier. Field trips ideas include, but are not limited to, walks around town, hiking in the surrounding areas and parks, or even just a day at home watching a movie and playing in the house or in the yard with you and/or your family! 

Fostering nursing mothers and litters – Every year we get a number of mother cats who are either already super pregnant, or have just had kittens. Finding fosters for these nursing families is crucial to their comfort and survival as kittens are so prone to diseases and germs in general. We have found that no matter how clean we keep the building, with so many animals and people around it’s just impossible to keep out diseases that threaten the lives of our kitten population. Litters that enjoy foster life tend to do better both in terms of their socialization and long term health, so we do everything possible to place them in a home as fast as we can. 

Emergency/Medical Fostering – Once in a great while we get in a dog or cat with medical issues or other traumas that make it difficult or impossible to keep in the shelter. Those animals need more focused care than they can receive here at the shelter and a call will go out asking for willing volunteers to take them into their homes while they heal, or maybe even provide end of life hospice care. These rare cases will vary and more information will be provided as the need arises. Other emergency foster needs arise during natural disasters, animal rescue ventures (as in removing animals from hoarding cases), or in the event of the death of a caretaker with a larger than usual number of dogs or cats. These situations are always well broadcasted, via our social media pages, and in local news outlets, and details on how you can help or if fosters are needed will be provided. 

To participate in any of these programs or to sign up as a willing potential foster for long term & emergency care:

    1) Call us at 479-253-9188

     2) Visit us at 6486 Hwy 62 W in Eureka Springs, AR

     3) Message us on our Facebook page

     4) Send us an email to adoptioncenter@goodshepherd-hs.org

      5) Online Foster Application