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Short-term foster care

Some of the animals entering shelters need a little extra help before they are ready for adoption and their new forever homes. They may be too young, unwell, recovering from surgery, or may need training to improve their behaviour. Our foster care program helps these animals recover in a home environment until they’re ready to enter adoption.

In the past year, more than 1,800 animals were given a second chance, thanks to the support of our dedicated foster carers. This included a large number of puppies, kittens and juvenile rabbits and guinea pigs who were too young for adoption.

If you’re aged over 18 years and have a passion for animal care – you could be the next addition to our foster family! We will provide everything you need including lots of support from our Foster Care Officers.

Information sessions

Sunday 29 January RSPCA Pearcedale
Saturday 25 February – RSPCA Burwood East
Sunday 19 March – RSPCA Epping

Call us on 9224 2565 for more information including details on the venue. 

Register your interest to attend our information sessions by completing this form and email it to fostercare@rspcavic.org.au, noting the info session that you are interested to attend in the email. 

Permanent foster care for orphaned pets

Are you able to give an orphaned pet a loving home through our Bequest Animal Program? These animals are in the RSPCA's care because their owners can no longer take care of them. All beautiful animals available for permanent foster are included on our adoption pages, featuring a special profile. Should you see a bequest animal available on our adoption pages which matches the home you can provide, please contact our Donor Relations Team to schedule an interview and property check.

If you are unable to find a bequest animal on our adoption pages, it means that we do not currently have a bequest animal looking for a loving permanent foster home and welcome you to visit again soon or browse the other animals we have looking for loving homes.

Responsibilities of Permanent Foster Carers

Foster carers are responsible for providing a safe and loving home for the animal, and attending to its’ daily needs such as feeding, grooming and exercise. All the things that a well-loved pet needs!

Benefits of permanent foster care

  • Veterinary treatment is covered, including flea treatments and worming.
  • Two weeks of free boarding annually.
  • Support from dedicated RSPCA staff and volunteers, including telephone calls and annual visits.

Make a real difference to orphaned pets needing a loving home.

Foster care information
Short-term and permanent foster care
Download our information sheet
P  03 9224 2565
E  Email Foster Care Officer

Apply to be a foster carer
Volunteer foster carer registration 

> Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

> Click here for the latest Guide for Victorian dog and cat community foster care networks and rescue groups.

Other ways to assist
Help us continue our foster care program by becoming a volunteer or donate below.