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Foster a pet!

Every year the CARE Humane Society   takes in over 3,000 cats and dogs. We believe in taking a community approach in rehoming animals. CARE manages a growing foster care program great for animal lovers who aren’t looking to adopt but want to make a difference in the lives the animals at the shelter. For more information and to get some quick facts about the fostering program, scroll down to check out our new Foster Manual and our Fostering FAQs!


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Foster Coordinator office hours are primarily 9-5 daily with exception of holidays.  If you would like to send communications, updates of foster pets, general questions or to set up appts with a pet in foster care, please email and the coordinator will respond on the next business day.  If you are a current foster and have the Foster Coordinator’s work cell, please do not contact it after 5 pm unless it is an emergency and cannot wait until the following morning.  We hope that you can understand that continuous communication does not allow staff to rest and focus on their families and personal time. 

  • How do I prepare?
    We recommend that you investigate which type of pet best suits your lifestyle. Then, make sure you have food, bowls, bedding and litter ready for your new pet.
  • What do I bring with me?
    Your pet should leave with a collar and leash for dogs or a cat carrier. You must also provide your photo i.d. along with your adoption request.
  • What to do if I rent?
    If you are wanting to adopt a new pet and you rent from either a private party or a rental agency, we require documents stating you are allowed to have the pet on the property. You can either bring a signed copy of a Pet Addendum or a reciept stating that you have paid all necessary fees and deposits they require of you. We will call landlords to verify approval.
  • What do I do if I have problems when I take my pet home?
    Contact the CARE Humane Society if you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health and behavior. We will work hard to put you in touch with a veterinarian or an obedience coach to facilitate the transition.
  • How much does an initial veterinary exam cost?
    Several Lee County veterinary clinics offer a free first visit to the adopted animal if you take your new pet to the clinic within 7 days of adoption.
  • How are adoption rates based?
    Our rates range between $ 50 and $ 150. We base our adoption rates on species, length of stay, medical problems, age and sponsorship programs.
  • What do I do if I have other pets at home?
    We always welcome you to do a meet and greet with your current pet here at the shelter. If you wish to schedule a meeting and meet one of our shelter animals, email us at
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