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.
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.
Temporary changes to our fostering process due to Covid19
Please be aware that this new process will only be possible for certain animals in our care. As this is a new process and some of our centres and branches are short staffed at this time. Please bear with us if there is a delay in responding to your enquiry. We will be in touch as soon as possible.
Step 1 - Contact your local RSPCA centre or branch preferably by email.
Please note that potential fosterers must live within one hour's drive of the location of the animal being fostered.
Step 2 - The centre will provide more information about their fostering process and if you wish to proceed they will ask you to complete a foster application form.
Step 3 - you will receive a phone call from the rehoming centre and the foster application process will be completed via phone and email. You will be asked to provide photos or video of your home and you will need to have a secure, private garden/ yard (if you are interested in fostering a dog).
Step 4 - the animal will be delivered safely to your home by experienced RSPCA staff or volunteers.
Step 5 - you will receive ongoing support from the rehoming centre and a visit will be carried out when current movement and other restrictions have been lifted.
The health and safety of potential adopters, fosterers, our staff and volunteers is of utmost importance to us. Unfortunately we can't foster animals to homes where a member of the household is showing symptoms of or has a confirmed case of Covid-19. Or has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable or is shielding.
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.