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Fostering Saves Lives Too!

We are always in need of responsible and loving temporary foster homes for litters of kittens and animals recovering from surgeries. 

Do you have room in your home and your heart?


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Foster Program Guidelines

  1. The Foster Parent commits to care for the animals during the length of time needed, sometimes as long as three months.

  2. The Foster Parent will receive a supply kit with necessary equipment to provide general care, feeding and cleaning.

  3. The Foster Parent must sign an Agreement and agree to the length of care required and agree to return all the animals.

  4. Each animal’s behavior and health must be evaluated prior to placement. Decisions to foster or not will be made by the Kennel Manager.

  5. All animals must be kept in a separate room of your home and NOT socialized with other animals. As the foster animal heals and/or matures, isolation and socialization issues will be re-addressed.

  6. It is important that baby animals be socialized and the injured get exercise. The need for this is determined on a case by case basis. Normal everyday handling of all foster animals is a must to benefit their behavior and the healing or growing process.

  7. Litters may be fostered together with or without the mother. All other animals are fostered separately.

  8. If medical assistance is needed the Kennel Manager must be notified before making any appointment. The Foster Parent must call the HSSPCA first or the Kennel Manager first if the campus is closed.

  9. If the foster parent can no longer care for the animal(s) in their home, you must call the Kennel Manager in a timely manner to schedule and return the animals to the HS/SPCA.

  10. All injuries, including any bite wounds to people or to animals, must be reported to the Kennel Manager.

  11. The HS/SPCA pays for all medical and food needs of the animal(s) in foster care.

🐾Fostering Pets Can and Should Be the New Normal🐾
YOUR Humane Society SPCA looks at Gloria Litman as a marvel.

When people pledge to save animal lives, their acts of love come together to make a big difference, and that describes our volunteer Gloria.

She is a local foster hero who demonstrates the lifesaving impact of fostering pets. She inspires people to join the pet fostering movement to foster in homes instead of in animal shelters, with the goal to make fostering the new normal for many.

Gloria spent over 20 years volunteering for her New Hampshire shelter.

When she began volunteering for YOUR Humane Society SPCA after her move to Central Florida in 2014, she soon took on the role of heading up the adoption program for our cats temporarily residing and showcased at our local pet supply retailers including Petco in The Villages.

She personally meets and interviews potential volunteer foster homes and adopters to be sure they will provide a wonderful home, whether temporary or permanent, for each cat and kitten.

In addition, Gloria fosters felines in her own home, knowing that it helps prepare them for adoption and successfully adjust into a family environment.

Most cats seem to thrive better in home settings as a shelter environment may be too stressing for many. “Cats enjoy cozier naps, warmer welcomes by friends and family, and find more comfort in the love and compassion provided in a foster home setting,” Gloria states. “It makes the fostered cat happier and allows a pet’s true personality to emerge, while being a fun and educational experience for you and your family,” she added. The best part is that fostering a pet frees up another spot at the shelter or rescue to help save another animal.

During the response to COVID-19, nationwide, more animals have been fostered, and it is Gloria’s hope that more people will jump on the fostering bandwagon. If you are considering fostering a cat or dog, please contact YOUR Humane Society SPCA at 352-793-9117 or volunteering@hsspca.org. Become a foster parent and discover a rewarding experience that will change your life and that of a homeless animal forever. Petco Foundation #savepetlives #PFpartner❤️❤️❤️

Types of Animals Fostered

  • Young animals: Puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted.

  • Ill or Injured Animals: Animals with temporary health problems such as upper respiratory infection in cats and kittens.

  • Less attractive Animals: Healthy, socialized animals that have a temporary condition affecting their physical appearance (skin or fur conditions that require medication)

  • Under-Socialized Animals: Animals that do not adjust well to our shelter environment and may simply need the comforts of a home environment and socialization to improve their chance of adoption.

  • Pregnant Animals: Pregnant animals that are both healthy and social. (This is limited to experienced Foster Parents)