We have two alternate programs to supplement rescue efforts with our space restrictions: HSDC FOSTER PROGRAM and GUEST FOSTER PROGRAM.
In the HSDC FOSTER PROGRAM, the animals belong to the shelter. Volunteers offer their homes as a temporary spot for the neediest shelter animals. These may be kittens or puppies, a momma with babies, an animal recovering from illness or surgery, a timid animal that needs special socialization or the like.
To participate as a foster parent you need to file an Adoption Application with the shelter. We qualify participants as though we were adopting a pet to a new home, including a home visit for dog fosters. The animal remains the property of the shelter, and the shelter accepts all responsibility for food, supplies and care. Shelter will provide and pay for any necessary medical attention.
Once qualified, a foster parent simply signs the foster contract and picks up their little charge(s) at the shelter. Shelter support is just a phone call away.
The GUEST FOSTER PROGRAM involves the shelter in promoting adoption for animals that are not shelter animals, but belong to the person housing the pets. Participants must sign a contract confirming their compliance with the medical requirements (by law) as well as the conditions for their participation in the program.
We provide web site promotion of these guest fosters and offer them spots at our off site adoption events, both LuvAPet and AdoptAPet. We will feature these pets as long as necessary to rehome them.
The animals in this program do NOT belong to the shelter, but to the home in which they reside. Whenever possible, we will assist with low cost/no cost exams and vaccines,
but the animal remains the responsibility of the owner.
For 2011, to enhance our shelter FOSTER PROGRAM, we are introducing DIXON'S HOPE, named for our sweet boy Dixon who was the first beneficiary of this program.
Dixon was a front room favorite at the shelter. He often acted more like a dog than a cat, especially because he enjoyed licking people!! Dixon lapsed into a chronic decline - mostly age and stress related- and a kindhearted foster mom wanted to help "one of the neediest." She took Dixon and nursed him and gave him his own blog and the special love and attention that eluded him at the shelter -- because he was competing with so many others and he was not a pushy guy. Dixon did pass away recently, but not before he was adopted into a forever home and not before he knew just how special he was!
We often have adult and senior cats and dogs who develop health problems from stress and overcrowding and lack of personal attention. They just get lost in the shuffle. In an effort to make their lives happier and healthier we are launching Dixon's Hope.
This program invites volunteers and others to take these special needs cats into foster care. They will continue to be the shelter's responsibility with any required medical care covered through the shelter. All we ask is you take them into your home and give them the extra love and attention they deserve. As Dixon's foster mom says, "There is no greater gift than knowing you can make a difference for a sick cat and seeing the love they return to you when they start feeling better."
Staff and socializing volunteers will compile a list of the neediest cats and dogs. To sign up for the program, you need to file an adoption application, then you may select any animal on the list -- and in so doing, you will enrich two lives... of the pet you are fostering and your own!!
Email us at
to enroll in any of these foster opportunities.
2719 Manor Way * Dallas, TX 75235 * 214-350-7387 Open daily 11:45 - 4:45. Closed Tuesdays and holidays.