The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) receives approximately 3,500 pets each calendar year. Unfortunately, we have the dilemma of too many pets and not enough space. One very important program that helps to significantly increase pet adoptions and save lives is our foster care program.

Foster families provide a temporary home (usually 3-4 weeks) for pets who are sick, injured, not socialized, too young to be adopted; or if space becomes an issue here at the shelter. As a foster parent, you provide the tender, loving care and the Humane Society will provide for the pets’ medical needs. When the pet is healthy enough to be adopted, or space is available, you bring the pet back to the shelter to be placed up for adoption. This is one of our most rewarding programs. Foster homes for older dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are especially needed.

In addition, some of the expenses of fostering a pet for the Humane Society of Harford County can be deducted as services rendered, because we are an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization. Things like pet food and supplies, and even the paper towels you may need to clean up after your foster-furball may qualify as expenses for fostering a pet. You can even deduct cents per mile for trips made solely for the shelter; your tax professional can let you know the current mileage deduction rate. Just like any other deduction, you just need documents to support the expenses. So keep your receipts and canceled checks. Also, keep track of and notate any expense that is not obvious. Of course, it is best to talk to your tax professional to see exactly which of your foster expenses are tax deductible.

Individuals interested in becoming a foster parent must fill out an application. When our Foster Care Coordinator receives your application, she will review it and once she approves your application, she will contact you via email.

Click here to complete a Foster Care Application.