Our New Hope program truly offers a second chance to so many wonderful animals. This unique program helps find temporary and long-term homes for shelter animals that might need extra time before finding a forever home.  Please note these programs are for shelter animals only.  If you are looking for placement for your own pet, please contact our Admissions Department at 505.983.4309 X1606.

Foster Families

Foster care plays a prominent role in our ability to save more animals’ lives. Fosters provide temporary homes for animals that aren’t quite ready; animals that need extra time and attention to help them thrive and become more adoptable. This frees up limited shelter space, allowing more animals a chance at finding their forever homes.

We need fosters for a variety of reasons: Nursing mothers and their litters, bottle feeders, underage animals, and animals with medical or behavioral issues. The time in foster care varies from animal to animal, but can be as short as one day or night!

For more information, call 505.983.4309 x1270 or email newhope@sfhumanesociety.org.

To become a foster parent, please complete the online VolunteerMatrix Registration application and check your inbox within a couple of days. You will be asked to electronically accept our volunteer waivers and watch a few short videos to be fully onboarded.  Please send any questions to our New Hope team at the email above.

View the latest list of animals needing foster care here.

Foster resources:
Foster Care Manual
General Feeding Info for Puppies
What is Failure to Thrive
Fostering Undersocialized Kittens (video)

Adoption Ambassadors

The Adoption Ambassador program allows fosters to take home any animal that is available for adoption and adopt them from their home. As an Adoption Ambassador, you will act as the animal’s foster as well as their adoption counselor and more. After you go through the foster and Adoption Ambassador training you will be all set to go. If you may be interested in this program, please contact the New Hope Department to get started.  newhope@sfhumanesociety.org or 505.983.4309 x1270.