SPCA animals love their foster families!
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.
Typically, when fostering for us, we ask that a home visit be conducted. 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 preparing your home for fosters.
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 families when they are in need. Email is the primary form of communication used to send out most requests. We ask that you check your email on a regular 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.
The SPCA will provide, Veterinary care and medicines if needed, All supplies (Food, litter, litter pan, bowls, leash, harness, toys, crate, or anything else your foster pet may need for a comfortable and successful stay, and 24 hour support for questions or concerns
We ask that the foster parent provide a clean, safe space in your home possibly separated from any other pets you may have depending on the specific case, ample time to provide socialization, medication if needed, enrichment, basic training and lots of love!
Feline Foster Resources:
- Feline Foster Care Manual (PDF)
- Foster Kitten Daily Diary (PDF)
- Caring for Kittens - Helpful Resources (PDF)
- Wellness Exam Telehealth Form (for current fosters only)
Canine Foster Resources:
- Weaned Puppy Foster Care Manual (PDF)
- Weaned Puppy Policy Reference Sheet (PDF)
- Unweaned Puppies & Mama Foster Care Manual (PDF)
- Adult Dog Foster Care Manual (PDF)
- Adult Dog Policy Reference Sheet (PDF)