As an Open Door facility, Humane Animal Rescue turns away no animal in need. This results in an overabundance of cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and small animals, especially during the warmer months. Thousands of homeless animals enter our shelters each year. Many are not quite ready for adoption and require the love and care of a foster family to prepare them for their forever home.

We depend on a unique and dedicated group of foster volunteers to help us save more lives! By fostering a homeless animal, you can experience the joys of being a pet parent without the lifetime of responsibility.

Humane Animal Rescue Provides:fosterinternal

  • All necessary medication and medical care
  • Food and litter (when donations are available)
  • Education on how to care for your foster animal

You Provide:

  • A safe and nurturing environment for your foster animal
  • Socialization for shy animals
  • A chance for sick animals to recover

Think you are fit to foster? Click here to see if you have what it takes!

If you’re ready to get started, fill out a foster application by selecting one of the following locations.

Northside Shelter

East End Shelter


You must also register for an information session by contacting our Foster Coordinators.

Sessions are held on the following days:

Third Sunday of every month at our North Shore facility
1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Contact: Alexis Simonow – 412-345-7300 x225

Third Saturday of every month at our East End facility
6926 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Contact: Julia Blake – 412-345-7300 x231

Foster A Pet Pages

Browse the pages below to find information on our Foster A Pet.