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.

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  • Contact Us

    Address: 1703 7th Avenue South
    Estherville IA 51334

    We'd love to hear from you!
    Call 712.209.1288 or e-mail us at

    Send us HAPPY TAIL adoption stories, inquire about our adoptable pets or learn how you can lend a hand to paws!

    Please contact us to set up a meet-n-greet with one of our cuddly cats or dandy dogs!

    We will introduce the pet to you and your family and have you complete a brief questionnaire, to ensure the pet is a good match for you and your living arrangements.
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