Wisconsin Humane Society - Foster

Foster an Animal

Foster parents open their homes and hearts to animals who need them now more than ever. These compassionate people play a vital role in the life of that animal and are a critical component to the success of the Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission as a whole. Foster parents provide a home environment for healing and growth that a shelter cannot duplicate. Simply put: foster parents save lives.

Please click here for the foster application, or click on the application button above.

*Please note you will be asked to create an account in our volunteer software when you apply to become a foster. Make sure you remember or write down your username and password. You will be able to find some great resources for Fostering on your new My Impact page.  Please refer to it as often as you like!


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Foster Assistant

Interested in also helping out the foster department on-site?  Consider becoming a Foster Assistant.

These volunteers assist the foster department getting animals into foster homes.  Duties will include, checking voicemail, checking email, computer work, setting up vet appointments, prepping food and other items needed for fosters picking up animals, and helping get animals when fosters come in.  Requirements for this position include good phone skills, comfortable with computer data entry, good customer service, friendly attitude, and an understanding that euthanasia is possible if and animal does not respond to treatment.

            Training: Dog and Cat handling Training, one on one training with Foster team.

Click on the Campus you are interested in helping at to learn how to become a volunteer.

Milwaukee Campus

Ozaukee Campus

Racine Campus

Green Bay Campus

Volunteer On-Site

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society!


Please choose a location to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available near you:

Milwaukee Campus

Ozaukee Campus

Racine Campus

Green Bay Campus

Door County Campus

Wildlife Center - Milwaukee Campus

Spay and Neuter Clinic - Milwaukee


Safe Haven

The Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus and Sojourner Family Peace Center have partnered to provide the Safe Haven program, which offers up to 60 days of shelter for animals of domestic violence survivors. Many survivors are hesitant to leave a dangerous situation because they fear for their animal’s safety. This program makes it possible for survivors to leave a dangerous situation without losing their companion animal. Animals provide companionship, comfort, and unconditional love to survivors and their children, and preserving the bond between families and their animals is vitally important. 

Safe Haven foster families must commit to care for their foster animal for up to 60 days and may need to bring the foster animal to the shelter for occasional check-ups during that time. We are especially in need of Safe Haven foster families who are comfortable working with large breed dogs or who have no animals currently living in the home

Click here to learn more about Safe Haven Fostering

Mission Statement and Core Values

Mission Statement:  To make a difference for animals and the people who love them.  

People-Centered Philosophy Statement:  We believe that people want the best for animals. We partner with people to fulfill our mission using a welcoming, supportive, and non-judgmental approach. Together we’re able to identify barriers and help bridge gaps that may exist for animals in our community.

Core Values: Compassion, Respect, Kindness, Positive Approach, Innovation, Professionalism, and Equity