Interested in Fostering?


Interested in Fostering?

Our foster care volunteers are a special breed: animal lovers who do not shy away from a challenge. They are the people who willingly take in the animals that need the most amount of work. Thanks to them we are able to give animals a place to thrive, learn, heal and enter into a loving and permanent home.

We salute our foster care volunteers who help by:

  • Caring for a pregnant cat or dog while waiting for the babies to be born.
  • Caring for and socializing a litter of kittens until they are ready for adoption. This could include feedings every few hours.
  • House training and socializing a dog. This involves a great deal of love, attention and patience. Boisterous, untrained dogs need to learn basic commands and manners in order to become adoptable. The shelter can arrange for a professional dog trainer to help.

Foster parents perform another great service too: By introducing foster pets to friends, neighbours and relatives, our pets meet a larger supply of potential adopters. (Foster parents must be clear to potential adopters that they must fill out a Pet Adoption Application; and go through the approvals process.)

What do we look for in foster parents?

We are looking for caring, committed individuals with the time, patience and knowledge to look after a special needs animal.

Foster parents taking in animals with house training issues must have a spare room where floors  and surfaces can be easily cleaned.

Our foster parents must have a vehicle to bring the animals to and from the shelter and to a veterinarian.

These foster animals require someone who is dependable and able to commit to regular and ongoing care.

How long is the commitment?

This will be discussed at the time of fostering, but it could involve a commitment of anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

Please take a foster care commitment seriously.

How does the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue support foster parents?

The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue is pleased to provide equipment and supplies such as:

  • Food, leashes, towels, bedding, etc.
  • Crate for transportation and for training purposes
  • Medication and all veterinary care, but you must contact the Shelter Manager to have it arranged

How do I become a foster parent?

If interested in becoming a foster care volunteer, please fill out a Pet Foster Application. We will try to match the foster environment with the animal’s needs. Please be aware that sometimes it takes us several months to contact you regarding your application and not all applications are approved.