- Foster Care


Animals enter our foster care system for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Being too young for adoption
  • Requiring medical treatment
  • Undergoing rehabilitation
  • Finding the shelter environment too stressful

By placing animals into foster homes, it provides them with the care and attention they need until they are ready to be adopted into loving forever homes.

What are the requirements to become an RSPCA NSW foster carer?

We ask that you:

  • Are aged 18 or older, with all residents of your household agreeing to foster animals
  • Can provide a safe, secure environment for fostered animals (for dogs, 6ft high secured fencing with no gaps is required. For cats, they must remain indoors at all times)
  • Have reliable transport (i.e., car), especially in the case of an emergency
  • Live within one and a half (1.5) hours of your chosen fostering location
  • Can provide daily care for the animals you are fostering
  • Attend or complete foster care training sessions, when required
  • Communicate openly and in a timely fashion with your fostering location
  • Follow all RSPCA NSW policies, procedures and instructions

What is the application process?

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select your preferred RSPCA NSW fostering location
  2. Create an account and fill in the application form, providing as much detail as possible
  3. Your application will be reviewed within five (5) business days by our team. If we have questions, you will be called and asked to clarify any details
  4. If conditionally approved, you will be emailed an induction link and questionnaire to be completed within 14 days
  5. When completed, your application will be accepted, and you will be provided with our Foster Care Manual
  6. A team member from your fostering location will contact you when an animal meeting your preferences is available for fostering

To view our Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

All questions can be directed to

RSPCA NSW locations currently accepting foster care applications

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