2. 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
Bequest fosters - owners have passed away or can no longer care for their pet