Fostering a dog

/ 6 September 2016

The RSPCA rely on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in their care. When you foster a dog or cat, you’ll be freeing up space in animal centres so that it is possible to rescue more animals in desperate need.

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 have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserve. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care. Allowing them to build up confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle.

Other animals don’t cope well in an animal centre environment. This is where the RSPCA need people to take them in to provide them with a real home, even if it is only on a temporary basis. It’s rewarding to know that you played a key part in the rehoming process and it gives an alternative to people who would normally be unable to take in an animal long term due to other commitments.

There are three types of animal fostering role:

  • Fosterers for animals ready to be rehomed
  • Fosterers for case animals whilst the legal proceedings take place
  • Fosterers for the PetRetreat scheme that helps families who are suffering from domestic abuse

To find out more about fostering, please visit