Foster Program


Help us save lives by providing a temporary, loving and restful retreat for animals in need. We provide all the supplies, food and medical attention, so there is no cost to you as a foster parent… all you provide is love!  Call our Foster Care Coordinator to learn about our pets in need of temporary homes at (912) 661-6379.

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Fostering is a job for everyone, including you! But that doesn’t mean you have to be an expert - you just have to be willing to learn. To help you do that, Maddie's Fund developed Flash Classes.

Just like the name implies, these short, instructional classes cover individual topics that foster care givers encounter while caring for our beloved furry friends. Flash Classes give you all the information you need to provide the best care for your foster pet in a condensed, to-the-point format.

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Foster FAQs


What are the requirements of becoming a foster pet-parent?

  1. One member of the family must be at least 18 years old.
  2. You must be able to lift, push, or carry at least 25 pounds.
  3. You must be able to transport them to vet appointments, rechecks in our medical department, or evacuating them in case of an emergency.
  4. You must have a schedule that allows you to meet the needs of foster animals in your care.


Can I adopt my foster animals?

YES! While we hope our foster volunteers choose to open their homes as a demonstration of their commitment to making a difference in the lives of animals in need, we understand that you may fall in love and find the perfect companion for your family.


Is there a time commitment?

The length of foster assignments varies based on the needs of the animal. You will receive an approximate duration before you commit to an animal.


Volunteer foster parents needed during hurricane season.

When HSGS is preparing for Hurricane Season and we are in need of foster parents for our pets IN THE EVENT the shelter needs to evacuate.

Please contact the foster care specialists at (912) 661-6379 or at for more details on how you can be an incredible asset to our Volunteer Program and Evacuation Plan.