Foster Families Needed

Since our all-volunteer organization does not have the luxury of a physical building just yet, we rely on foster homes for all of the pets turning to us for a second lease on life.

Large labs, small lap dogs, playful kittens, terrific tabbies...a pet in need NEEDS YOU as a foster home!

Fostering is fun and allows you to make a short term commitment to an animal to accommodate your lifestyle and living arrangements.

For more information on fostering, please contact Kristy Henning at 712-209-1288.

"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another."
- Erma Bombeck


The generous donation of time and talent by our volunteers make the Emmet County Animal Shelter possible. From opening your heart and home as a foster parent to helping raise funds and friends, there is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of our animal friends.

Why Volunteer with the Emmet County Animal Shelter?

  • Meet people with similar interests
  • Acquire work experience for future endeavors
  • Have fun while enhancing the quality of life for the pets in our care and making our community better for both people and animals alike


  • All volunteers must have an interest in helping the animals
  • Teens as young as 16 are able to volunteer on their own
  • A mature, respectful attitude is required at the shelter
  • All volunteers should be comfortable and competent to make fast decisions
  • Criminal records cannot include felonies

Foster- Open your heart & home to a pet-in-need until a forever family is made available for adoption. This allows you to care for a cuddy cat or dynamite dog temporarily for those of you with busy lives or perhaps commitment phobes!

Special Events- Help raise awareness and funds for our furry friends!

Graphic Artist? Grant Writer? If you have a talent that would benefit those relying on us for the very basic of care and a second lease on life.