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Foster Care

*We are currently putting a hold on Feline Foster applications until early Spring, since we have less of a need during the winter months. We will resume with home visits in late February/early March*


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, crate
  • 24 hour support for questions or concerns

The foster parent will provide:

  • A home
  • Your time
  • Lots of love

Steps to Becoming a Foster Volunteer

1. Complete and submit a canine or feline foster care application. Applications can be downloaded at the links below and submitted by email, mail, or by dropping them off at the Pet Adoption Center or SPCA Annex location.

2. Receive email confirmation that your application has been received. Once your application has been reviewed by the foster coordinator, you will receive an email with any questions we may have about your situation to determine your fit for the program, or simply letting you know that your application has been approved and your information will now be passed along to one of our volunteers to perform the home visit.

3. Home Visit: An experienced volunteer will visit your home to review the foster care manual, give you an idea of what to expect, answer your questions, and offer suggestions on prepping your home for future fosters.

4. Added to the foster email list! Once the home visit is complete and we have approval by the volunteer who performed the visit, we will add you to our foster email list, which is used to send out requests for foster when there is a need. Email is the primary form of communication used to send out any requests. We ask that you check your email on a daily basis so that we can get a reply as soon as possible - in some cases (bottle feeding kittens especially), foster is a true necessity because they cannot stay in the shelter alone at night.

Get started today!

Canine foster care application.

Feline foster care application

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:17



Argus,Joker, Gilbert, and Riddly

"Argus, the dog, was adopted in October of 2004. The two black and white cats, Joker and Riddly (originally "Cuddles"), were adopted in August of 2011, and Gilbert, the gray and white cat, was adopted a week and a half ago, on March 1st. All from the SPCA."

Did You Know?

All cats and dogs adopted from the SPCA of Tompkins County are examined, evaluated, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped before adoption.

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.