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Short-term foster care

Some of the animals entering shelters need a little extra help before they are ready for adoption and their new forever homes. They may be too young, unwell, recovering from surgery, or may need training to improve their behaviour. Our foster care program helps these animals recover in a home environment until they’re ready to enter adoption.

In the past year, more than 1,800 animals were given a second chance, thanks to the support of our dedicated foster carers. This included a large number of puppies, kittens and juvenile rabbits and guinea pigs who were too young for adoption.

If you’re aged over 18 years and have a passion for animal care – you could be the next addition to our foster family! We will provide everything you need including lots of support from our Foster Care Officers.

Information sessions

Burwood East

Saturday 25 February, 10am - 12om
Sunday 28 May, 12pm - 2pm
Saturday 26 August, 10am - 12pm
Sunday 19 November,12pm - 2pm


Sunday 29 January, 12pm - 2pm
Saturday 29 April, 10am - 12pm
Sunday 23 July, 12pm - 2pm
Saturday 14 October, 10am - 12pm


Sunday 19 March, 10am - 12pm
Saturday 17 June, 12pm - 2pm
Sunday 24 September, 10am - 12pm
Saturday 16 December, 12pm - 2pm

Call us on 9224 2565 for more information including details on the venue. 

Register your interest to attend our information sessions by completing this form and email it to fostercare@rspcavic.org.au, noting the info session that you are interested to attend in the email. 

Foster care information
Short-term and permanent foster care
Download our information sheet
P  03 9224 2565
E  Email Foster Care Officer

Apply to be a foster carer
Volunteer foster carer registration 

> Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

> Click here for the latest Guide for Victorian dog and cat community foster care networks and rescue groups.

Other ways to assist
Help us continue our foster care program by becoming a volunteer or donate below.