Fostering a shelter pet can be an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience both for the animal and the foster volunteer. No experience is necessary to become a foster care volunteer. There are multiple types of foster situations ranging from orphaned animals who must be bottle fed to adult pets who are recovering from injuries or sickness and are in need for medical attention. Medical treatment for foster animals is provided free of cost in our own SPCA Clinic, so there is no expense to the foster volunteer. Our passionate clinic staff will train you if needed. Please provide your information below. We will send out an appeal by email when we have animals available who are in need of a foster home.
Thank you for your interest in fostering an animal in need.
Conditions for fostering SPCA Animals
- Foster will return the animal to the SPCA on the return date stated by the SPCA.
- Foster must be 18 years old or over to foster an animal.
- Foster will be responsible for the well-being of the animal.
- Foster will inform the SPCA immediately if the animal becomes sick or is injured and follow any advice given by the duty officer.
- Foster will give the SPCA the right to check on the animal and its living conditions without prior notice.
- Foster will give the SPCA the right to repossess the animals if, in the Society’s opinion, the animal is not properly cared for.
- Foster will inform SPCA of any future change of (email) address, or phone number.
- That in the event of foster finding a permanent home for the animals, they will arrange, prior to the animal being adopted or transferred, for the new owner to go to the SPCA to complete the necessary paperwork.
- That the SPCA or its employees will not be held responsible for any injury or damage to property which may be caused by the animal.
- The fosterer will be provided with in-depth background information of the animal as current and will have to accept all terms and conditions before agreeing to become ‘the fosterer’.
- The SPCA, while continuing to render assistance in any emergency scenario, will not be held liable for the animal’s condition, including any diseases or deformities during the time it is being fostered”. For fostered animals with zoonotic diseases (e.g. ringworm, scabies, etc.), the fosterer is expected to take the necessary precautions to ensure that the disease is not transmitted to humans who come into contact with the animal. The SPCA cannot be held liable for any costs related to the transmission of the disease to a human.
Issues that usually cause rejection of an application
- Applicant prefers to let the foster animal stray outside.
- Applicant is under 18 years old.
- Applicant is unable to keep their own pet separate from the fostered animal, especially for medical fosters with contagious ailments.
- Applicant or a member of the household is allergic to fur/uncomfortable with or objects to the animal being fostered.
- Applicant is away for long periods of time/and or travels frequently.
- Applicant does not want to mesh up their windows.
- Applicant would like to leave the cat/dog in a crate during the day.
- Applicant plans on declawing/debarking his foster animal after adopting him – definitely REJECT.
- Applicant does not agree to having the fostered animal sterilized or tattooed.