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Foster a Pet

Foster Friends volunteers prepare underage or injured pets for their permanent and loving homes. Foster Friends volunteers provide an invaluable service for the animals in their care, who, for a variety of reasons are not yet ready for adoption. The Foster Friends volunteer experience is rewarding for both animal and foster parent alike.  Sign up in the spring to join our team!

The SPCA provides all the food, supplies, and medical care – you supply the love!

Fostering can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the age and health of the pet. Examples of pets needing help from fosters include bottle-feeding kittens, kittens with their mother, orphaned puppies, an adult dog with a broken leg in a cast, etc.

Upon successful completion of the foster process, all fostered animals are placed through The SPCA’s regular adoption process. This requirement ensures that animals are placed appropriately as well as spayed or neutered, licensed, microchipped, etc.

The SPCA provides specific training to assist our Foster Friends volunteers, as needed.

How to Help:

  • Fill out the SPCA Foster Friends application ***Please Note: Due to our winter slow season, the SPCA is currently not accepting new foster volunteer applicants.  Please check back in the spring, when we plan to reopen the application process.  Thank you for understanding.***
  • When the application process reopens we will contact you to schedule an appointment to share everything you need to be a successful foster helping save lives!

If you would like to request more information about our foster program or have any questions for our foster coordinators, please email us.  For the fastest response time email is preferred, however you can also reach our lead foster coordinator at call 831-278-5876.  Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster volunteer!