Want to adopt or foster a pet?
What is pet foster care?
Foster carers give shelter animals the opportunity to temporarily spend time in a safe and loving home environment. It is a chance for the animals to experience, enjoy and learn from the care and attention that is lavished on pets with permanent homes. This nurturing and loving support is provided until the shelter animal is ready to be adopted.
A foster animal brings challenges and commitments, but these are far outweighed by the benefits to both the animal and carer.
Why do pets need foster care?
Animals are fostered out for many reasons, including:
- Puppies and kittens who are too young and/or underweight to be desexed and made available for adoption
- Pregnant animals awaiting the birth of their babies and mothers with newborn litters
- Animals who aren’t coping in the shelter environment
- Animals in need of nurturing in order to recover from injury or illness
- Animals with non-aggressive behavioural problems and who need rehabilitation to be considered suitable for adoption
- Emergency care animals awaiting their owner’s return from a hospital stay or in need of a safe haven during domestic violence
- Legacy animals whose owners have passed away
- Animals who cannot be housed at a shelter because of limited facilities
- Animals evacuated during community emergencies such as bushfire, cyclone and floods
- Animals awaiting the outcome of a court case.
Benefits for the animal
Fostering provides consistency for animals in a quiet, low-stress setting, and offers more opportunities for socialisation. This enrichment of the animal is achieved through family and environmental contact, learning toys, training time, play time and diverse experiences. Together, they produce a well-socialised and healthy animal that is ready to be adopted.