Become a foster carer for an animal in need

Have you considered fostering an animal in need to help with their rehabiltation? Foster caring for animals means opening your home, and your heart, to help an animal recover from cruelty, neglect or injury in a safe home environment - giving them the best chance at a happy life.

While we do everything we can to rehome animals as soon as possible, some animals require ongoing medical treatment and care before they are ready, and the best place to do this is in a home environment.

If you have space, and spend considerable time at home (either retired, work part-time or working from home), and have experience looking after cats and dogs, we need your help!

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, there are a couple of things to consider first.

As a foster carer, you must have your own transport to be able to collect the animals and bring them to the shelter for a regular check-ups. All check-ups are carried out during business hours, Monday-Friday. 

If you are able to meet these commitments, and have prior experience in caring for animals, please download and fill in this electronic form and email to fostercare@rspcawa.asn.au.

*** Please note: During the coronavirus pandemic, we have received a large number of foster applications, so it may take a little longer than usual to respond. Thank you for caring for animals - we'll be in touch as soon as we can be. ***


Join our network of foster carers.

Foster carers provide a temporary home for animals who are not yet ready for adoption for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Puppies and kittens not old enough to be re-homed.

  • Pregnant animals, cats with kittens and dogs with puppies who need a stable and loving environment to raise their young.

  • Animals recovering from short-term, treatable illnesses.

  • Animals recovering from surgery.

  • Cats who are timid or not coping in a shelter setting and
    require a quiet home and some TLC.

  • Dogs with mild behavioural issues requiring behavioural enrichment or similar. (Please note that all dogs in the RSPCA WA’s care are assessed by our Behaviour Team, and go into foster care with a detailed behaviour plan to assist foster carers)

  • Horses and livestock needing more space than our shelter has to offer.

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Foster Caring for RSPCA WA

RSPCA WA provides everything you require to care for a fostered animal including food, bedding, kitty litter, litter trays, food bowls, carry cages, toys, leads/harnesses/collars and anything else you can think of to ensure there is no financial cost to you. We also provide on-going training and support for all foster carers.

If you’re interested in becoming an RSPCA WA foster carer, there are a couple of things to consider first. As a foster carer we need you to be able to provide a safe, calm, loving environment for any animal in your care and you must also have your own transport to be able to collect foster animals and bring them to the shelter regularly for check-ups.

We are always keen to take on people to become part of our valued foster care network so if you are interested, please fill in the below application forms or for more information read our Foster Care FAQs.

To become a foster carer, please download and fill in this electronic form and email to fostercare@rspcawa.asn.au.

Please email any enquiries you may have to fostercare@rspcawa.asn.au

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