BC SPCA - West Vancouver



Join our Foster Roster:

New foster families are needed to provide safe and loving temporary homes to dogs, cats, rabbits, and other vulnerable animals before they can find, or return to, their forever homes.

The minimum commitment is a six-month period, but foster placements happen on an as-needed basis and range in durations from a few days to a few months. Any help makes a world of difference to the health and wellness of these animals!

Next steps to join the team:

  1. Read the role description below and check that you meet all the key requirements below.
  2. Take photos of the spaces your foster animal would have access to in your home and outdoors.
  3. Fill in an application for the foster care role and upload your photos. (You will receive a response to your application within 5 business days)
  4. Complete 1-3 hours of orientation and training online
  5. Meet the BC SPCA foster coordinator by phone, video call, or in person
  6. Continue virtual training in animal care and behaviour while waiting for a placement


Key Requirements:

  • 19+ years of age, or a family with an adult to act as the lead foster
  • Pet-friendly housing including a separate room with a closing door and window
  • Ability to drive animals to vet care appointments
  • Time to spend with your foster animal(s)
  • Interest in learning more about animal behaviour and care
  • Available to foster animals within the next six months
  • Desire to help increase the adoptability of animals



Learn more about our Animal Centre (onsite) Volunteer Program:

  • Volunteers support our centre in many ways: maintenance, cleaning, animal care, driving, and administrative roles.
  • Please note animals that come to our centre can be shy, fearful, reactive, and may need medical attention. 
  • Positions that provide care for cats and dogs require experience working with these animals.
  • For applicants that do not have prior animal experience, they will start with small animal care to build more experience. 
  • For safety reasons, opportunities to work with dogs are for individuals 19+
  • ALL volunteer positions require minimum 6-month of commitment.
  • ALL successful candidates must complete mandatory online and onsite training – these will help our volunteers stay safe and be prepared for their roles.
  • If you are in the age group of 12-18, please refer to Youth Volunteering - opportunities for this age group depend on availability.


Animal Centre (onsite) Applications are closed.

Please see below for our current opportunities.  Please read the volunteer job description and only apply to suitable opportunities.  Incorrect applications may take longer to be processed.


If you don’t see a suitable opportunity now, simply check again in the future!  Stay connected with us: BC SPCA - West Vancouver Facebook Page

General Interests

Animal Fostering - Foster Care Volunteer

Foster Care volunteers are guardian angels to thousands of BC SPCA animals in need. Whether an animal is injured, abandoned, or underage, foster care saves lives. Many animals needing remediation or a space to stay if the shelter is full benefit from a foster home.