Foster Care Program
What is a Foster Home?
A foster home is a temporary home where a homeless pet can stay until they are old enough, and/or healthy enough for spay/neuter surgery, or there is room for them at the SPCA Adoption Center. Often the stress of the animal shelter can be hard on pets recovering from injuries or those that have special needs, these are special cases that may also benefit from a foster home. The SPCA has a network of several foster homes that regularly work with us, but we are always in need of more. The bottom line is, the more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save.
How does Fostering a Pet Work?
Foster families provide the extra shelter, food, care and love. The SPCA provides all the medical care, pet supplies (i.e. litter box, food, kitty litter, puppy pads, paper towels, blankets, toys, beds). The homeless pets need a temporary living space in your home. Do you have a spare room, empty basement, spare bathroom, or even an area where you could set up a large dog crate (which the SPCA can provide)? These all work great *We do ask that personal pets are kept separate from fosters, for the safety of both.*
Most often fosters are needed for young puppies and kittens. These are pets whose immune systems are not yet fully developed and are susceptible to infections and the overwhelming stress of the animal shelter.
How Long Should I Expect to Keep a Foster Pet?
Fosters will keep animals an average of 4-6 weeks unless it is medically or behaviorally indicated otherwise. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be.
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Transport to/from any appointments at the SPCA
- *We do ask that personal pets are kept separate from fosters, for the safety of both.*