Our Mission:

To champion the welfare of animals and improve the lives of people through programs that create mutually beneficial human-animal connections, inspiring kindness and respect throughout our community.

Email: fosters@ahconnects.org

Please complete this application if you are interested in becoming an Anderson Humane foster. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.


  • Applications will remain on file for 60 days.

Create a Foster Account

Emergency Contact Information

All information will be kept confidential and given to medical personnel if necessary. Please provide the name of an emergency contact.

Demographic Information

The following information is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers and fosters.

Additional Information

Foster Animal Preference

Please select which kind(s) of animals you would like to foster.

Anderson Humane Foster Volunteer Agreement

I agree to serve without compensation as a volunteer/foster worker to provide service to Anderson Humane. As a volunteer/foster worker, I acknowledge that I will be acting entirely at my own risk. I am aware of the dangers inherent in handling animals and the hazards inherent in the normal course of volunteer/foster work at Anderson Humane.

  1. Anderson will determine the criteria for fostering, decide which animals will be fostered, and appoint foster caregivers from a pre-approved list.
  2. Anderson staff will inform you of any medical treatments to be given, the expected length of the foster care period, the objectives of the care (restoring to health, raising to adoptable age, socializing, etc.) and any other expectations we have.
  3. Anderson must euthanize some animals. It is possible that an animal you have cared for may be euthanized if it becomes extremely sick or exhibits behavior problems making the animal unsuitable for adoptive placement. It is important that you feel able to cope with this possibility.
  4. Anderson retains ownership of all animals in foster care and will make all decisions regarding the adoption or euthanasia of the animals fostered.
  5. Anderson staff or approved volunteers will handle all adoptions.
  6. Anderson will provide all medical services and medications for animals within our foster program; expenses incurred by you in connection with medical care provided to the foster animal by any other veterinarian will be paid by Anderson only if you sought and received prior authorization for such care.
  7. Anderson will, to the best of our ability, provide you with donated or purchased supplies such as food, bedding, litter and toys. Because Anderson cannot predict the amount, nature or timing of donations, you agree that it is likely that there will be some cost incurred by you, and you agree to pay such costs.
  8. Anderson will accommodate any request from you to remove a fostered animal from your home within 24 hours of your contacting Anderson and requesting the removal.
  9. You may refuse any specific request to foster for timing or other reasons, without losing your status as an approved foster home solely for making such refusal.
  10. You agree to keep any animal you foster secure, to always use a leash or pet carrier when the animal is outside your home (unless secured in a fenced enclosure which has been approved by Anderson for use with the specific animal being fostered), to promptly administer any medications prescribed by the Anderson medical staff for the animal, to provide humane care and treatment appropriate for the health, age and species of the animal being fostered and to follow all instructions given by Anderson staff for the specific care needs of the animal(s) for whom you provide foster care.
  11. You agree to return any fostered animal to Anderson when requested to do so.
  12. You agree not to promise the animal to anyone, nor to assume that you have the authority to approve a potential adoption.
  13. You understand and agree that although Anderson takes reasonable care to screen animals for foster care placement, it makes no guarantees relating to the animals’ health, behavior or actions.
  14. You understand and agree that you receive foster care animals at your own risk and can reject or return any animals for which Anderson has asked you to provide care.
  15. You agree that you assume the risks of being bitten, scratched, injured or frightened by the animals in connection with your fostering activities for Anderson.
  16. You acknowledge that Anderson is not responsible for any property damage or personal injury suffered by you, members of your household, or any third parties during a foster placement and you assume liability to provide adequate controls to prevent such damage or injury.
  17. You agree that Anderson is not liable to you for any injuries, damages, liabilities, losses, judgments, costs or expenses whatsoever, which you might suffer or sustain in connection with the performance of your fostering activities for Anderson, unless they are the result of Anderson gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
  18. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Anderson harmless from and against any claims, lawsuits, injuries, damages, losses, costs or expenses whatsoever, sustained by any companion animal or any person in connection with your intentional misconduct or grossly negligent performance of your fostering activities for Anderson.
  19. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Anderson harmless from and against any claims, lawsuits, injuries, damages, losses, costs or expenses whatsoever, sustained by any companion animal or any person in connection with your breach of Anderson rules, regulations, policies and programs.
  20. You understand that Anderson requires that your own animals be current on routine vaccinations, and you agree to provide proof of such vaccinations and to have such vaccinations brought current if not presently so.
  21. You understand that Anderson requires that your own animals, if over 6 months of age, must be spayed or neutered in order for you to be a foster home, and you agree to have such surgery performed prior to placement of a foster animal in your home if not already accomplished.
  22. You understand that Anderson requires that your own animals have no known history of aggression toward other animals of the species that will be fostered, and you agree that if such act(s) of aggression should occur after the signing of this agreement, that you will promptly notify Anderson.
  23. You understand that Anderson may require a period of time during which an animal placed with you for foster care must be kept separate from your own animals, and you agree to abide by such requirements as conveyed to you at the time of placement or during the placement.
  24. You consent to Anderson visiting your home or business from time to time to observe the animals you foster and their living quarters and conditions.
  25. You agree that only you, a spouse or roommate may care for the fostered animal in your absence from home and that you may not leave the fostered animal with a friend, relative or hired individual to provide care in your absence without advance approval from Anderson.
  26. You understand that no fostered animals are to be used in conjunction with any event, whether planned or spontaneous, wherein the fostered animal(s) in your care is/are exposed to groups of individuals whether in public places, commercial establishments, or other residential dwellings for the purpose of socialization, education, performance, display, or any other activity that may expose the animal or other persons to potential injury, illness, distress, or general harm of any kind.
  27. You agree that this Contract represents the entire agreement between Anderson and you, and supersedes any prior understandings between you and Anderson with respect to your fostering activities. No modification of this agreement will be valid unless in writing and signed by both you and Anderson.
  28. You agree that this Contract is binding on you and your successors, heirs, assigns, executors and personal representatives.
  29. You agree that this Contract and any disputes arising therefrom will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, and that in the event of a legal dispute in regard to this Contract, the venue for the filing and pursuit of any lawsuit by either party to this Contract against the other is Kane County, Illinois.

In consideration of Anderson Humane allowing me to provide volunteer/foster work on a volunteer basis for the charitable and not-for-profit purposes of Anderson Humane, I hereby release, discharge and indemnify Anderson Humane and its agents, directors, officers, servants, employees and other volunteer/foster workers from any and all claims, present or future, whether known or unknown, on account of any personal or bodily injury, including death and/or on account of any damage to any of my property suffered and sustained by me from any cause incident to or arising out of, during or in connection with, any volunteer/foster work for or on behalf of Anderson Humane. Anderson Humane has the right to terminate this Agreement upon its discretion. I understand and agree that the terms of this Agreement shall be binding upon heirs, my assigns, personal representatives and myself. In the case of an emergency requiring medical care, I authorize Anderson Humane to act on my behalf.