Foster an animal

We rely on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in our care.  Fostering an animal can help them recover from neglect, abuse, illness or injury  - taking the first steps towards finding a new, loving forever home.

When you foster an animal you'll also be freeing up space in our centres so that we can rescue more animals in desperate need.

Could you become an animal foster carer?

We need more people willing to open up their homes, and their hearts, to help give dogs, cats or horses looking for a fresh start in life. 

Learn more about what it means to be a foster carer

How fostering helps animals

Animal fostering is an important role. It helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home.

Many animals that we take in have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserved. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care,  allowing them to build up their confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.

Other animals don't cope well in an animal centre environment, or need to remain in our care for a long period of time whilst legal proceedings take place. This is where we need fosters to take them in to provide them with a real home, even if it is only on a temporary basis.

How fostering helps you

It's rewarding to know that you played a key part in helping a rescued animal recover from a life of suffering and start a new life. You'll get to meet and care for animals with unique personalities and see them rehomed to a new family. 

Fostering also gives people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long term, due to other commitments, with an alternative.

Ready to become a fosterer?

Our local centres are branches are always looking for fosterers to help them care for the thousands of cats and dog our inspectors rescue each year. We're also in need of foster carers for the horses and ponies in our care.

Search for animal fostering opportunity near you

Want to help animals in another way?

If you're not quite ready, or able, to help provide temporary foster care to animals in our care, but would still like to help why not sponsor a dog kennel or cat pod?

You'll receive regular updates about how you're generous gift is helping rescued animals start a new life.

Become a sponsor today

Find a fostering opportunity near you