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Foster an Animal

Foster an Animal

Throughout the year, cats at SPCA centres across the country need temporary homes to recover from illness or injury before they can be adopted. You can help save the life of an animal by becoming an SPCA Foster parent.

Many of the cats that come into the SPCA need additional care and treatment before finding their new forever home. Our volunteer ‘foster parents’ provide a temporary home for these cats and help them recover from surgery, give them medicine for an illness, or work with them to improve their behaviour.

We need foster parents to provide temporary homes for cats year-round, but our greatest need is during the busy summer months.


Why foster a cat?

  • If you can only open your home on a temporary basis, fostering an animal is a great way to rescue an animal in need
  • Every animal that you foster is given a second chance at life – and the more you foster, the more lives you can help save

What you need to help

  • Time – on average an animal will be staying with you between 3–6 weeks
  • Spare room – a safe and secure space for the cat. This could be a spare room, bathroom or laundry.
  • Care – most cats will require medication throughout their stay (training on how to medicate a cat is provided)
  • Transport – you will need your own transport to bring foster animals to and from the SPCA. Some cats might need more than one visit.
  • Availability for vet appointments – you will need to be able to take the foster animal to vet appointments when necessary
  • Your love and patience


Please help by applying today

If you can help give an animal a second chance at life, please contact our friendly staff at your local SPCA centre.