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Become a foster carer for RSPCA Victoria 

The RSPCA Victoria foster program gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and be loved in foster homes. This exciting program helps to reduce the amount of time animals stay in our Animal Care Centres and provides us with valuable information from foster families to help prepare animals for adoption. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and directly improves the lives of animals.  

Keep scrolling for information session times and to find out more about what becoming a foster carer entails.
Foster care information
Foster Care Network Team
P  03 9224 2565
E  Email Foster Care

Apply to be a foster carer
Volunteer foster carer application form 

> Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Is fostering right for you?

Whether you’re helping a dog learn to love and be loved, or looking after a cat and her kittens until they are ready for adoption, fostering gives you the opportunity to single-handedly change an animal’s life for the better.

Fostering can provide the unique, individualised attention that some animals require before they’re ready for adoption. Fostering has a direct, positive impact on the animal and is a hugely rewarding experience for those who choose to become foster carers.

What kinds of animals need fostering?

There is a large range of animals that require foster care at RSPCA Victoria – they include dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and horses. 

Some animals simply need an attentive foster carer to help socialise them so they'll become more confident and trusting. While our staff and volunteers work very hard to provide a comfortable and enriching environment, many of our more vulnerable animals are stressed by the experience of being in a shelter. These animals recover and develop much more successfully when they are fostered in a home environment until they are ready to be permanently rehomed.

Each year, RSPCA Victoria also welcomes thousands of baby kittens born during the cat breeding season, which extends during the warmer months from spring to autumn. Many of these kittens are too young to be made available for adoption, and we need the help of foster carers to provide them with a safe place to grow and play. Fostering kittens helps them develop and thrive in a home environment as they prepare for adoption. Kitten foster periods typically range from two to six weeks. Other types of fostering may include:
Junior fosters – animals who are too young for adoption   
Behavioural fosters - assisting in the training of an animal with a behavioural issue such as toilet training or walking on a lead  
Medical fosters - animals recovering from illness or surgery
Protective custody fosters - owners currently being prosecuted in court
Bequest fosters - owners have passed away or can no longer care for their pet

What requirements are necessary for fostering? Do I need any special training?

RSPCA Victoria provides all the training and resources you will need to care for a foster animal. Come along to one of our weekly information sessions (details below) to meet the foster care team and ask any questions you may have about becoming a foster carer. 

How long does fostering last and will it cost anything?

Foster care periods typically range anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending on the animal's needs. RSPCA Victoria provides all of the food, equipment and supplies you need to care for their animals, and we cover all of the animal's medical expenses, including medication. You need only provide your home, attention and love for your foster animals!

I have veterinary experience. Is there anything I can help with?

We are always seeking individuals with professional veterinary experience who can provide foster care to our animals who require special medical attention (such as medicated baths, physical therapy, daily medication or other medical care), or may need support in a home environment to adjust to becoming a lifelong family companion. This is a great opportunity for veterinarians, and other medical professionals to assist in providing treatment for our most needy pets while they wait to be adopted. 

This sounds great. How do I get started?

Register your interest to attend one of our weekly information sessions by completing the registration form and email it to fostercare@rspcavic.org.au. Please note the information session that you are interested to attend in the email.

Please note: We require foster carers to be at least 18 years old. If you are not 18, please have a guardian complete the foster care registration form and attend the information session with you. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

RSPCA Burwood East           

All animal sessions

Tue  10 Jul 185pm 
Wed 11 Jul 1810am 
Tue  17 Jul 185pm
Wed 25 Jul 185pm
Sat   04 Aug 1811am

RSPCA Peninsula                 

All animal sessions

Sat 25 Aug 1811am
Sat 24 Nov 1811am


Epping Animal Welfare Facility

All animal sessions

Mon 18 June 185pm 
Thu  21 Jun 1811am
Mon 25 Jun 18 5pm 
Thu  28 Jun 1811am 
Mon 09 Jul 185pm 
Thu  12 Jul 1811am 
Mon 16 Jul 185pm
Thu  19 Jul 18  11am
Mon 19 Jul 185pm
Thu  26 Jul 1811am
Sat   28 Jul 1811am  
Mon 30 Jul 18 5pm
Thu  02 Aug 1811am