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Become a foster carer for RSPCA Victoria 

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The RSPCA Victoria foster program gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and be loved in foster homes. This exciting program helps to reduce the amount of time animals stay in our Animal Care Centres and provides us with valuable information from foster families to help prepare animals for adoption. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and directly improves the lives of animals.

Keep scrolling for information session times and to find out the top five things you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

1. Is fostering right for you?

Whether you’re helping a dog learn to love and be loved, or looking after a cat and her kittens until they are ready for adoption, fostering gives you the opportunity to single-handedly change an animal’s life for the better.

Fostering can provide the unique, individualised attention that some animals require before they’re ready for adoption. Fostering has a direct, positive impact on the animal and is a hugely rewarding experience for those who choose to become foster carers.

2. What kinds of animals need fostering?

There is a large range of animals that require foster care at RSPCA Victoria – they include dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and horses. 

Some animals simply need an attentive foster carer to help socialise them so they'll become more confident and trusting. While our staff and volunteers work very hard to provide a comfortable and enriching environment, many of our more vulnerable animals are stressed by the experience of being in a shelter. These animals recover and develop much more successfully when they are fostered in a home environment until they are ready to be permanently rehomed.

Each year, RSPCA Victoria also welcomes thousands of baby kittens born during the cat breeding season, which extends during the warmer months from spring to autumn. Many of these kittens are too young to be made available for adoption, and we need the help of foster carers to provide them with a safe place to grow and play. Fostering kittens helps them develop and thrive in a home environment as they prepare for adoption. Kitten foster periods typically range from two to six weeks. Other types of fostering may include:
Junior fosters – animals who are too young for adoption   
Behavioural fosters - assisting in the training of an animal with a behavioural issue such as toilet training or walking on a lead  
Medical fosters - animals recovering from illness or surgery
Bequest fosters - owners have passed away or can no longer care for their pet

3. What requirements are necessary for fostering? Do I need any special training?

RSPCA Victoria provides all the training and resources you will need to care for a foster animal. Come along to one of our weekly information sessions (details below) to meet the foster care team and ask any questions you may have about becoming a foster carer. 

4. How long does fostering last and will it cost anything?

Foster care periods typically range anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending on the animal's needs. RSPCA Victoria provides all of the food, equipment and supplies you need to care for their animals, and we cover all of the animal's medical expenses, including medication. You need only provide your home, attention and love for your foster animals!

5. I have veterinary experience. Is there anything I can help with?

We are always seeking individuals with professional veterinary experience who can provide foster care to our animals who require special medical attention (such as medicated baths, physical therapy, daily medication or other medical care), or may need support in a home environment to adjust to becoming a lifelong family companion. This is a great opportunity for veterinarians, and other medical professionals to assist in providing treatment for our most needy pets while they wait to be adopted. 

This sounds great. How do I get started?

Register your interest to attend one of our weekly information sessions by completing the registration form. You will be asked to nominate the information session that you are interested in attending in the registration form.

Please note: We require foster carers to be at least 18 years old. If you are not 18, please have a guardian complete the foster care registration form and attend the information session with you. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

You can also view the animals who are currently awaiting foster care by clicking the button below.


RSPCA Burwood East           

All animal sessions

 Thu 14 Feb5pm 
 Tue 19 Feb5pm 
 Wed 27 Feb5pm 
 Tue 5 March5pm
 Thu 14 March 5pm
 Sat 16 March 11am
 Wed 20 March 5pm
 Tue 26 March  5pm
 Sat 30 March11am

RSPCA Peninsula                 

All animal sessions

Sat 23 Feb 19-Booked out 11am


Epping Animal Welfare Facility

All animal sessions

Wed 13 Feb5pm
Wed 20 Feb5pm
Wed 27  Feb5pm 
Sat 2 March11am
Wed 13 March 5pm 
Mon 18 March 5pm
Wed 27 March 5pm