San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Foster Volunteering

Bottle BabyTemporarily opening your home to an animal is a special way to show your passion for helping animals. Many of the animals looking for foster homes face challenges that can best be overcome with the loving support of our fantastic foster volunteers. Foster homes also give us the ability to open up our kennels for even more animals in need.

As a foster volunteer you may host animals with special medical or behavioral needs, mother animals with nursing litters, or puppies, bunnies, or kittens under eight weeks of age who need special feeding and socialization. By fostering an animal you are providing rehabilitation in a nurturing home environment, directly preparing them for adoption into a forever home.

 

Foster FAQs

What are the requirements of becoming a foster pet-parent?

  • One member of the family must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be able to lift, push, or carry at least 25 pounds.
  • You must own a car for transporting animal(s) to vet appointments, or evacuating them in case of an emergency.
  • All parties responsible for care of foster animal(s) are encouraged to attend foster care training, to be scheduled after your application has been approved by the Volunteer team.
  • You must have a schedule that allows you to meet the needs of foster animals in your care.

Can I adopt my foster animals?

We hope that our foster volunteers choose to open their homes as a demonstration of their deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of animals in need, but we understand that you may indeed fall in love and find the perfect companion for your family.


Is it difficult to say good-bye?

Fosters definitely need the ability to say goodbye. Please remember that fostering is a temporary situation and letting go of one foster pet enables you to help another in need. Although each adoption saves a life, a great foster parent can save many lives by socializing and rehabilitating pets that need a little extra time and care to be ready for a forever home.


Is there a time commitment?

The length of foster assignments varies based on the needs of the animal. You will receive an approximate duration before you commit to an animal.


Where do I pick up my foster animals?

You'll be given options of animals from a variety of locations. You will pick up animals from the San Diego Humane Society campus where the animal is located. We have campuses in San Diego, Oceanside, and Escondido so you can select animals at the locations that are most conveninet for you.


Will I need to provide food or supplies?

The San Diego Humane Society is proud to provide all the necessary training, supplies, and support you will need to care for your foster animals. This includes things like bowls, bedding, toys, and crates as well as bigger expenses like food, litter, medication, and veterinary services.

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