Thanks to the generous donations of people like you, the Humane Society of the Ozarks is able to place many of its adoptable animals into foster care. We cannot thank our fosters enough for their involvement.

Sad Looking Chocolate Lab

A Poem To My Foster Dog
By Diane Morgan

I am the bridge
Between what ws and what can bel
I am the pathway to a new life.

I am made of mush,
Because my heart melted when I saw you,
Matted and sore, limping, depressed
Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.

For on little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.

I am made of steel.
Because when the time comes.
When you are well, and sleek,
When your eyes shine,
And your tail wags with joy.

I will let you go – not without a tear,
But without a regret.
For you are safe forever –
A new dog needs me mow.


 HSO often acquires animals that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected and are in need of finding their forever homes. These animals require a special kind of love and understanding in order to be matched with their forever family. Because of this, our Foster Program is one of the most important programs that we have.

We currently have only a small percentage of the number of foster homes that we need. This forces us to board the remainder of the animals with veterinary clinics and similar facilities. Not only is this a huge expense for our organization (approximately four times the cost of sponsoring one foster family), but it does not address their most basic emotional needs – a chance to experience a real home where they are loved and treated as a member of the family.

In order for these animals to find their forever home they need to be properly socialized and provided with a safe, loving environment. Imagine for just a moment that an animal, just like your beloved pet, has never known the kindness of a human or the safety of having a loving home and family. Many of our animals have never been able to depend on humans for love and comfort. They have been abandoned or spent their lives as strays or were chained or penned away from their human families. These animals deserve to spend time with a patient family who can help them learn how to behave and what a special thing it is to have a family they can depend on. Could you be that family?

Many people think it’s hard to give up a dog, but it’s actually really easy! Once you get to really know the dog, then you get to know the people and you realize what a perfect match they are – and this special dog has found their forever home. Then you get to save another dog!  Fostering was a great experience for my girls when they were growing up! It helped them develop empathy, caring, sensitivity, and TLC. 

The Humane Society of the Ozarks gives the animals constant exposure and does a great job in educating the public about hoarders and irresponsible breeders. This is a problem we’ve dealt with a lot in the dogs we’ve fostered!
Linda Gershon

I have to share with you how AMAZING the HSO foster program is, in hope that you, too, will try it out!

During the time we had Marty, the HSO was there every step of the way. They took care of his medical needs, provided his food and ensured that everything was okay during the foster process. At the same time, while not looking to adopt at the time, the fostering experience gave us the opportunity to see that Marty was absolutely perfect for us.

In summary, whether you are looking for a permanent member of the family, or not, I highly recommend the foster program. It’s your chance to make a difference, help save a life, and possibly find your pet companion for life, all at no cost to you!”

Suzanne Owen

The Humane Society of the Ozarks considers their foster families to be a very special part of their organization. We strive to maintain good communication and assistance with each and every family in order to find that special forever home for our very deserving animals. Each of our fostered animals is provided with food and any necessary veterinary and living expenses. We also routinely take these animals to adoption events to help facilitate finding their forever families and to socialize them with people and other animals.

The Humane Society of the Ozarks is in constant need of foster families. A loving home is the best possible place for an animal and is important to their well being. It also gives us the opportunity to learn more about that animal when they are in a home environment. If you would consider opening your homes and hearts to one of our special animals, please fill out our Foster ApplicationFor further information see our Foster FAQs!

Not Ready to Foster, But Still Want to Help?

By sponsoring part or all of the cost of boarding for one of our pets you are helping us to save more animals.  To find out more information or to sponsor a pet, Donate Now

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