JHS Foster Parent Information

Welcome JHS Foster Parents!

Thank you for being a part of our life-saving team at

The Jacksonville Humane Society.


Please select one of the following and click to find the information you need:

My Foster Pet:

General Information:

Foster Office Contact

Office Phone Number
“Be Humane” Profile (Add as a Friend)
Facebook Group
Click To Join
Online Appointments
Click To Book Appointment

For the safety of your own pets and JHS pets, please keep your fosters separated from any pets in your household unless otherwise instructed by staff.
The Foster Office is currently located in our Community Resource Center at 8464 Beach Blvd.

Foster Pet Wellness

When you pick up your foster pet(s) the staff will give you a date of the next follow-up so you can schedule the appointment or plan to attend a clinic. These visits are for the safety and health of our fosters. Vaccines and treatments (such as de-wormers or flea prevention) have a very specific time line in order for our animals to remain happy and healthy, making it important to stick to these time lines.

Click to book an appointment.

Wellness Clinics
Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wellness Clinics are walk-in only. Services that we will offer during the clinics are: obtaining an updated weight, vaccines/boosters, dewormers, microchips and flea and heartworm preventative.

Wellness Clinics are located in the Veterinary Services entrance to our main facility. Please use the side entrance by the dog yards.

If these hours do not work for you, please contact the foster office through Facebook (sending a private message to Be Humane or through email at foster@jaxhumane.org.)

Remember: Schedule your appointment in advance and please arrive on time. If you are unable to keep your appointment, contact the foster coordinator immediately so the appointment can be given to another foster parent and you can reschedule.


Foster Pet Spay/Neuter

Generally adult foster pets are spayed/neutered prior to being placed in foster care, while underage kittens and puppies are not. Our staff will let you know when it is time to have your foster pets scheduled for surgery and book the appointment for you. Most likely, this will occur during a wellness visit when kittens are nearing 2 lbs. and puppies are nearing 8 weeks. You have two options: drop off the morning of surgery at 7 a.m. at our animal hospital or drop off the day before. You must communicate your preference with the staff.

Morning drop-offs should go to the JHS Animal Hospital side entrance. Look for the pink sign and smiling staff member!

Day-before drop-offs should go to the foster office.


Foster Pet Medical Symptoms

Please use the Yellow Flag and Red Flag list below to determine your next steps.


If any of these symptoms occur, please contact the foster office to schedule an appointment to be seen. These do not typically require urgent care.

Yellow Flags –If any of the following signs are seen please contact the foster office to schedule an appointment, and monitor. Care may not have an urgent need.



If any of these symptoms occur, contact the foster office immediately to bring your animal in ASAP. If an emergency happens after hours, use the Emergencies sheet to determine which hospital/clinic is closest to you.


Foster Pet Behavior Concerns

If your foster pet is exhibiting concerning behavior such as resource guarding, food guarding, growling, hissing or other behavior concerns, please contact our foster office directly. JHS pets are considered the property of JHS and we must be notified of all behavior concerns. Our staff will then work with you to create a modification plan to get your foster on the road to success.

Click here to visit the JHS Pet Behavior Library.


Foster Pet Adoptions

If you would like to adopt your foster pet, or if you have found adopters for your foster pet, please let the staff know in advance. Adopters will be put in touch with our adoption team who will help finalize the adoption.

Remember – fostering is a journey! It may be sad to see a foster go to a new home but that just means you can pick up more and start the journey all over again. Goodbye is the goal.


Foster Pet Promotion

Promoting a foster pet for adoption is a great way for you to serve as an ambassador not only for your pet, but for JHS! Foster pets in our “Promote-A-Pet” program need that extra boost to find them a home. Promote-A-Pet dogs and cats are listed on the JHS website and can be featured on JHS social media. If you are currently fostering a Promote-A-Pet dog or cat and would like to know more about the website listing and social media, please contact our adoption manager at 904-493-4562 or LJackowiec@jaxhumane.org.

Due to the abundance of kittens, we are unable to regularly share kittens on our JHS Facebook page.

Click here to visit our Pinterest board full of ideas.

Click here for tips to find families for kittens.


Foster Parent Library–Resources for Foster Parents

Cats & Kittens

Dogs & Puppies