More than 500 animals are placed in foster care in Western Australia each year. At the same time, demand for animal hospital and shelter services continues to grow.

RSPCA must continue to expand its foster family network, and ensure more animals like Jet can continue to access the intensive rehabilitation, love and support they need to get them through their darkest days.

RSPCA WA’s Foster Care program is a life-saving program that places injured and sick animals with high care needs in the homes of specially trained foster families who save lives.

By providing extra care and support, typically on leaving the vet hospital, these remarkable and often invisible heroes play an essential role in rehabilitating sick, traumatised and unwanted pets so they can be ready for adoption.

Animals in foster care receive the extra time and space they need to recuperate away from the stress of the shelter environment. Every animal in a loving foster home is also one less animal staff and volunteers must attend to in shelter creating much needed space for other sick and abandoned pets arriving on our doorstep in need of help for the first time.

Please help us fund the expansion of this vital program. Your donation will fund the ongoing treatment and care needs of animals currently in foster care as well as the care needs of those we have yet to meet.

Jet is one pet who was able to find his happy ending through the foster program. A sweet and trusting tan and white male American Staffy/Bull Terrier, Jet was rescued from a life of starvation and neglect and he was placed in the care of dedicated foster heroes Harold and Diane, when he was found wandering around the suburb.

Inspector Brad, the officer dispatched to rescue Jet, recalls the moment he first saw her:

It broke my heart to see him in such shocking condition – he was severely emaciated, his bones clearly visible. He was starving and possibly just days away from death

Jet weighed just 15kg when he arrived at the RSPCA WA Animal Care Centre. He was severely underweight for a dog of his age, size and breed. It is hard to believe anyone could have let him get into such a state.

When it looked like Jet was over the worst, the decision was taken to place him in the care of Harold and Diane, one of our dedicated foster families.

Reflecting on the day he first saw Jet, Harold said:

Everyone gives in their own way.  This is something small I could do.  To see Jet become the playful, happy dog he is now warms my heart.  Jet was very friendly and intelligent.  He loved being with people!

Foster families are the unseen heroes of our shelters. These remarkable volunteers provide much needed love and support for animals who need temporary special care prior to becoming available for adoption.

Your support means that we can rescue and save more animals.