Foster carers provide temporary homes for animals in the care of RSPCA who may need respite from the shelter environment, support to recover from an illness or just extra TLC as they await their furever home.
How do you become a foster carer?
- Fill in an Application Form so we can get to know you.
- Complete our NEW 1 Hour online training.
- Take part in a quick 20 minute virtual property check.
What type of animals are available to foster?
Please review foster regions below for specific priority needs across the state
- Dogs and cats that aren’t coping in the shelter environment and need to be in a home. They may just need a break away from the kennels or they may need to stay in foster until an adoption can be arranged.
- Convalescing animals that need some time to recover from illness or injury before being available for adoption.
- Animals with behavioural problems who need some form of rehabilitation before being considered suitable for adoption.
- Home Ever After animals that are waiting for their owner to return from hospital or whose owner has passed away and are waiting to be rehomed.
- Animals that need a safe haven due to a Domestic Violence situation
- Puppies and kittens that need a bit more growing time before they can be desexed and made available for adoption.
- Animals that can’t be accommodated at the shelter or adoption centre because of limited space or facilities.
- Animals that are available for adoption in one of our RSPCA adoption centres and need care outside of business hours.
- Animals that have to be evacuated immediately from an emergency situation e.g. floods, bushfires, cyclone, earthquake.
Important things to think about when considering Fostering:
- Placing the right animal, with the right carer, in the right situation is our priority. This may mean to takes longer to get an animal into your care depending on what home life you can provide and who you are comfortable caring for.
- The majority of animals in need foster care usually have specific requirements regarding their home spaces and family situation; needing 5-6ft fences, no other animals in the home, no young children or someone home with them is not an uncommon situation.
- On a day to day basis there are currently only a relatively small number of puppies and toy / small sized adult dogs. Especially when compared to the large number of existing carers who have signed up exclusively to foster these animals. As such, if you only have 4ft fences or only want to foster puppies and toy/small adult dogs, your wait might be considerable.
- Outside of cat breeding season (the cooler months), there are relatively few kittens who require foster care.
- Our greatest need at the moment is for carers who want to foster medium to large sized adult dogs, who have 5-6ft fences, no young children and no dogs in the home (or maybe one well-socialised medium to large sized dog of your own). We are also always in need of carers who will take adult cats (especially our cat flu kitties) and our canine and feline ringworm cases.
- Being flexible with who you can open your home to opens you to the most potential for placement, consider if you could take an adult cat, kittens, puppies or even a bird in addition to just small dogs may mean you are placed with an animal faster. Complete training is provided for all animal types.
To begin your application process, review the foster regions below.