Prepare For Your Foster Arrival

Make sure your personal pets are in the best possible health.

Although we recommend keeping your own companion animals separated from your foster babies, some illnesses are airborne so it is important to make sure your own animals’ immune systems are as strong as possible. If your pets have not had a check-up in the last year or are overdue on vaccines, please have them checked before bringing foster animals into your home.  If your pet is on medication or has any special needs, please speak to your veterinarian about whether fostering is right for your pets.

Proof of current vaccinations are required prior to being accepted as an OPHS Foster Volunteer.


Reliable transportation is important for fostering pets with OPHS. You will need to be able to safely transport your pets back and forth from OPHS Kitty City McKay campus (91 S. Boyce Road, Sequim) or OPHS Bark House campus (1743 Old Olympic Highway, Port Angeles) for medical and adoption purposes. Pets should be secured inside crates or kennels in the main INTERIOR passenger section of the vehicle. You may not transport OPHS pets in the exterior bed of your truck or the trunk of your car. 

HOME PREPARATION NOTE REGARDING CATS: If your foster pet/s test positive for Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV), you will need to follow the cleaning protocols set by Kitty City/Foster Program staff and OPHS Vet Staff before you are allowed to bring home a new foster pet. This may involve a “waiting period” from several weeks to several months.