Foster Application

Please print and fill out the PDF version of the application form, which can be sent by mail or by fax at 613-725-5674.

Foster Manual

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Foster History Form

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FosterAnimal Foster Program: Helping animals get ready for adoption

The OHS relies on the dedication of foster volunteers to aid in the recovery of animals who may not be ready for adoption due to medical or behavioural reasons. Foster volunteers temporarily care for animals in their home until the animals are ready to be adopted. The goal of the Foster Program is to provide the animals in our care with an opportunity for a happy and healthy future.

The Ottawa Humane Society provides food and litter to foster volunteers. In addition, the OHS also supplies medications, examinations, and prescription diets.

Alert! We are currently in desperate need of foster homes for cats suffering from upper respiratory infections! If you can provide temporary care for a sick cat, please complete our foster application today!

Foster Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay or neuter and current vaccinations.
  • Volunteers must have a separate room to isolate a foster animal.
  • Volunteer must have time to care for foster animals.
  • Volunteers must have access to a vehicle.
  • Volunteers must abide by the foster agreement signed upon joining the program.
  • All Foster Volunteers must attend a general and foster orientation.
  • Foster Volunteers cannot adopt their foster animals.

Steps to Becoming an Ottawa Humane Society Foster Volunteer:

  • Complete the Foster Volunteer Application located on top right box on this page.
  • Send the application via email to the OHS Foster Department at
  • Volunteers suitable for the program will be contacted for an interview.
  • Following the interview, all foster volunteers will be asked to complete a criminal record check and scheduled for an orientation.

For more information please contact our Foster Customer Service Representative via email at or by telephone 613-725-3166 ext. 255.