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Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and it's heart and soul. We would not exist without the countless hours given by many, at the shelter, at the Thrift Shop, working and organizing our fundraisers, providing foster homes for special needs, and so much more. Please join us. It will enrich your world as much as it does theirs.
New Adoption Ambassador Program
We are just unleashing a very cool new expanded foster program here at Northwoods Humane Society due to a special grant from the ASPCA called the Adoption Ambassador Program that is even better than fostering because you get to take on finding and approving your foster furball’s forever home! As an Adoption Ambassador, you get the satisfaction of making an incredible impact on your foster pet’s life by getting them adopted!
How does it work? There are two options available depending on your life situation and schedule. The first option is to be a traditional foster home where you take a pet in to live with you until you find an adoption family.
Not enough time to do this on a full time basis? No problem! We welcome 'drop in' Ambassadors via our 'Dog for a Day' program. For a minimum of a day a week you will be matched with the same dog who you can take to work or out for a hike on a regular basis until the dog is adopted. The exposure and getting out into the world can make a huge difference toward finding a forever home for a pet.
Both options offer minimal risk if it does not work out – sometimes it just isn’t a good fit between person and foster pet– as there is a two week trial period (after which a 90 day commitment is requested to allow kennel space at the shelter to be opened for another dog or cat) where you can decide to try a different pet.
So the other fun part is that you can develop a “marketing program” for your foster pet. For example you take them to “places to be seen” such as parks, road trips, walks in town, the office, hiking trails, festivals, etc. to let them be noticed by potential adopters. Dogs can wear their “Adopt Me” vests wherever you go. You can get creative and post your foster on your favorite social media websites or throw “meet my foster” cocktail parties…whatever works for you to help us get homeless pets better exposure so others can realize what a great pet is up for adoption!
This program is available to you whether you currently have pets or not and designed for some of our shelter cats as well. It is also available to you if you don’t live in the Hayward area.
Northwoods Humane Society asks for a minimum of a two week commitment from its Ambassadors and is prepared to offer extensive support such as pet training, ideas for marketing your foster pet, resources such as food, treats and medical, and other support Ambassadors request.
Until further notice, Shelter Hours are by Appointment Only