Foster carers provide homes for pets who aren’t ready for adoption. Fostering is a rewarding volunteer experience that improves the wellbeing of pets by reducing the amount of time they spend in a shelter. Below are the basics of foster care, to help you decide if it’s right for you.
Become a foster carer
What is foster care?
Foster care is a temporary placement for animals who aren’t ready for adoption.
Why do animals need foster care?
The four most common reasons pets need a foster carer are:
Junior: Pets who are too young for adoption. This may be a litter or with a nursing mother.
Behavioural: Providing support to a pet exhibiting unwanted behaviours.
Medical: Monitoring and treating pets that are recovering from an illness or surgery.
Protective Custody: Pets awaiting the outcome of a cruelty court case.
What are the benefits of foster care for pets?
- Reduced stress and anxiety (which can occur in the shelter environment)
- Confidence building and socialisation during critical periods
- Opportunity for training and living in a home prior to adoption
- Reduces the risk of becoming unwell or being susceptible to contagious diseases
- Able to let their true personalities shine in a home environment!
How long are pets fostered?
Every pet is different, but generally two weeks to six months.
What animals are in the foster care program?
- Kittens and cats
- Puppies and dogs
- Guinea pigs and rabbits
- Rats and ferrets
- Livestock such as chickens.
How are Foster carers supported?
- Training, ongoing support and communication
- 24-hour vet assistance
- All the food and supplies you will need.
Make a life-saving difference to pets in need. Become an RSPCA Victoria foster carer today.