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Foster Care

SPCA Foster Care Opportunities

Foster families help the SPCA save thousands of animals every year. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in need of temporary loving homes need you. Fostering a pet in need is great for individuals or families.

The animals at the SPCA need families and individuals who are willing to offer their home on a temporary basis to shelter residents in need. Foster care ranges from a few days to a few weeks, and has an enormous impact on the health and well-being of animals prior to adoption.

The most common reasons that an animal is put into foster care include:

  • Kittens and puppies that are too young to be spayed or neutered. When the animals are about eight weeks old, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption
  • Mom cats or Mom dogs who are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.
  • Cats or dogs that are being treated for injuries or illnesses, or that need help working on behavioral issues.

The SPCA will provide:

  • Vet care and medicine
  • All supplies: Food, litter, litter pan, bowls, leash, harness, toys
  • 24 hour support for questions or concerns

The foster parent will provide:

  • A home
  • Your time
  • Lots of love

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

  • Complete and submit a canine or feline foster care application.
  • Receive an email confirming your application has been received - at this point your information will be passed along to a volunteer who performs the home visit
  • Home Visit: A long time volunteer will visit your home to discuss any concerns or questions that you have specifically regarding preparing your home for foster care. After this step is complete, you will be able to start fostering animals!
  • Email is the primary form of communication when it comes to putting pleas out for foster care. We ask that you check your email daily so that we can get replies as soon as possible - in some cases (bottle feeding kittens) foster is an absolute must because they cannot stay in the shelter alone at night.

Fostering is a rewarding and fun way to help the SPCA! Get started today!

Canine foster care application.  Download it, print it, complete it and return it to the Pet Adoption Center or the SPCA Annex.

Feline foster care application Download it, print it, complete it and return it to the Pet Adoption Center or the SPCA Annex.

For addtional information or if you have questions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (607) 257-1822 ext 247.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:34



"We adopted Sam (now Jeter) back on August 25, 2009 and he’s brought great joy to our lives. Thank you for all you did to help us and for all you do to help others connect with wonderful animals."

-Dana & Karen

Did You Know?

An unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce up to 12 MILLION cats in 10 years.

SPCA of Tompkins County

Adoption Center &
Rescue Building

1640 Hanshaw Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850



Adoption Center Hours

Monday 12-5
Tuesday 12-7 Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 12-7
Friday 12-5
Saturday 12-5
Sunday 12-5



SPCA Annex Hours

Monday through Saturday


Rescue Center Hours




Our Mission

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation. We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

The SPCA of Tompkins County is a registered 501(c)(3). Our tax id number is 15-0624378.