The Mercer Humane Society started a foster program to help improve an animal's chance of adoption, as well as help ease the overcrowding at the shelter. A crowded shelter housing a wide variety of animals is not the best environment for the health and well-being of every animal. By fostering a dog or cat, we can get a better sense of their temperament and also work on basic behaviors and training. Our dedicated volunteers who foster animals are a huge part of our mission to find forever homes for these animals!

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please contact us with any questions not answered here. If you think fostering is right for you please complete our foster agreement application.


Q: Who can foster an animal for the Mercer Humane Society?
A: You must be over 18 yrs of age and submit an application for approval.

Q: How long is the average time in a foster home?
A: This time may vary. Typically animals spend 3-4 weeks in foster care. Need to explain circumstances (ie, after surgery, prior to transport, etc).

Q: What costs are involved?
A: The Mercer Humane Society will provide veterinary care PRIOR to animal entering a foster home. Any maintenance, emergency care will also be provided by the Mercer Humane Society, which will require prior approval. We ask our foster homes to provide food, toys and safe and loving environment. Kennels may be available for loan. Please note – these costs are tax deductible.

Q: Can I adopt my foster pet?
A: Since our goal is to find appropriate homes for homeless animals, this is DEFINITELY an option. You would be required to sign an adoption contract and pay the designated adoption fee.




Mercer Humane Society welcomes new rescue participation with our facility and program. Since 2003, MCHS has been actively involved in working with rescues across the US and Canada to move adoptable pets that would otherwise be euthanized. We have an active transport network, with regular transports into NY, PA, CT, NJ and as needed, Canada. With the wonderful help of transport coordinators and the Rogers Rescue's transport system, many lives have been saved.

In order to pull dogs/cats from our facility, please submit the online application. We look forward to working with your organization in the future to help the animals of Mercer Co, KY. Thank you.

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