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Henrico Humane Society does not have a shelter where paid staff care for our animals. Instead, our animals live normal, happy lives in temporary homes called foster homes until permanent, loving homes can be found. Foster parents are truly the heart of our organization, making all of the work the organization does possible. Having a foster home structure allows us to know each of our animals just as if they were our own. That deep insight into the animal’s likes and dislikes is worth its weight in gold when it comes to making a match between an animal and a family.
Foster parents are asked to provide shelter, love and attention to their fosters. The rest: food, toys, supplies and medical care are paid for by Henrico Humane Society. Each Saturday, an adoption event or “adoption stand” as it is commonly called, is held between 11am and 3pm (cats) or 11am and 2pm (dogs) at the West Broad Petco in the Trader Joe’s Shopping Center. Foster parents are welcome to stay during the event if they like, but are free to run errands while our knowledgeable adoption coordinators work with potential adoptive homes.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please complete a foster application. One of the greatest joys of being a foster parent is knowing that you saved the life of an animal that will have a much different future because of you.
Fostering often receives most of the attention, but as an all-volunteer-run organization there are many, many more opportunities to help animals in need! HHS actually is extremely fortunate to have a roster of over 200 dedicated, animal-loving volunteers! Yet, we still need more people to help with everything from stuffing envelopes to walking dogs on sunny days!
To become a volunteer, first complete a volunteer application. You will be contacted to set up an orientation date and time depending on the position. Please be sure to provide a valid email address that you are able to check frequently, as this is the preferred method of communication within the group.
Please note that the minimum age to become an HHS volunteer is 18 years old. Note, however, that we occasionally have student volunteer opportunities (with parental supervision required) for those between the ages of 15 and 17. For more information on this program please contact Dena.
Inquire about the various volunteer opportunities we have available!
Love Me for Credit
Love Me for Credit is a program that involves high school students and their families in our foster network. When successfully engaged, high school students receive one community service credit a day when actively fostering an HHS animal. This is an exciting and rewarding way to fulfill community service requirements for special awards and diploma seals as well as those that many colleges look for in successful applicants.
Henrico Humane Society is excited to participate in this program sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. Not only does this program provide a quality way to earn community service credits, but it also expands our network of fosters, which in turn, allows us to rescue more animals.
If you are interested in becoming a foster in the Love Me for Credit program, please fill out an application and one of our foster coordinators will be in touch.