Become a foster carer and look after some of RSPCA NSW’s most in-need animals.

Become a Foster Carer

RSPCA NSW’s Foster Care program provides temporary homes to animals who are not well-suited to the shelter environment. This might be because these animals are too small or young to be adopted, recovering from illness or surgery, or are timid and finding the shelter environment stressful. Placing them into foster homes provides them with the care and support they need until they are ready to be adopted into loving forever homes.

Becoming an RSPCA NSW foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable animals.

Foster Care FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the Foster Care program. Fostering makes a real difference to some of our most in-need animals. To become an RSPCA NSW foster carer, we ask that you:

  • are aged 18 years or older
  • can provide a safe and secure environment for fostered animals
  • have lots of love to give
  • have reliable transport
  • attend foster care training sessions
  • follow all RSPCA NSW policies and guidelines

There are many different animals who require foster care. They include:

  • adult cats
  • adult dogs
  • chicks
  • ducklings
  • goats
  • lambs
  • litters of kittens
  • litters of puppies
  • mothers feeding their litters
  • pocket pets

There are many different reasons why animals require foster care. This includes animals who:

  • are dealing with treatable medical conditions
  • are not old enough to be desexed or rehomed
  • are recovering from surgery
  • are too young to be rehomed
  • have young litters
  • need rehabilitation, rest or socialisation away from the shelter environment
  • simply need a home to temporarily call their own

Absolutely! These circumstances should not prevent you from becoming an RSPCA NSW foster carer. However, please note that as we always do our best to match animals with the best possible foster carer, not all animals can be fostered in all homes.

If you do have existing pets, you’ll need to ensure your animals are fully vaccinated have been treated for fleas and worms, and are preferably desexed. You will also need to have an area to keep your fostered animals separate from your own.

If you wish to foster dogs, you may also need to bring your existing pets into the shelter to ensure they will get on well.

RSPCA NSW will discuss this with you further during your application process.

There are four simple steps to becoming a foster carer for RSPCA NSW and making a lifesaving difference to animals in need:

  1. Register your interest in the Foster Care program online.
  2. Attend an information session and complete your application form.
  3. Have your property inspected for suitability.
  4. Become a foster carer and make a lifesaving difference to animals in need.

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