Become a Foster Carer

The fostering of animals large and small  is an important and rewarding part of the work that RSPCA TAS volunteers and staff undertake. Foster care gives animals that are not normally able to be re-homed a wonderful start in life before moving on to suitable, lifelong homes.

The purpose of foster care is to place into temporary care, animals that are not suitable to be housed in an animal care centre environment, perhaps because they are too young or too small to be eligible for adoption, or are recovering from illness or surgery, or have behavioural issues such as being timid or simply not coping at the centre.


We are happy to talk to anyone with a passion for animals about fostering. Considerations will include your environment, such as what sort of fencing you have and the amount of time you can dedicate to the animal.

RSPCA TAS will cover all direct costs relating to the animal including food, veterinary care and medications, bedding and grooming. You are not expected to be out of pocket; only your love and time is required, along with presenting the animal at its best for re-homing.

All dogs and cats are behaviour-tested and vet-checked prior to being placed into foster care.


Our Foster Carers are well looked after in the requirements of animal welfare. We offer training in a variety of areas and recognise the efforts made by our Foster volunteers.

Most carers undertake fostering because of the emotional rewards they get when their fostered animals find loving new homes (and sometimes the continuing friendship this brings). Imagine your own RSPCA photo album of re-homed pets?

If you currently cannot own an animal permanently for some reason but would love to have the company of a grateful animal, fostering may be perfect for you!


What types of animals need foster care?

Baby animals who are too young to be re-homed, mothers with litters, animals who require rest or rehabilitation after surgery or those with treatable medical conditions, animals who require socialisation or behavioural rehabilitation, and some animals who just need a place to temporarily call their own.

Foster carers don't look after dogs and cats. We sometimes need carers for a range of animals inlcluding poultry.

How long will you have a foster animal for?
This can range from one week to a few months depending on the requirements of the animal and the availability of the foster carer.

What does the RSPCA provide?
Food, kitty litter, all veterinary treatments and advice, behavioural support, and items such as leads, crates, cages etc.

What do the animals need from their foster parent?
A safe and secure environment, exercise, reliable transport to and from the care centre and lots of TLC! No qualifications, formal training or experience are needed - we will help you along the way.

What if you work fulltime?
Most foster animals are ok to be left alone in a secure place at home during working hours. High care animals are sent to experienced foster carers who are able to give them extra attention.