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Houston SPCA Foster Home Care Program

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Houston SPCA Foster Home Care Program!  Our foster program is an invaluable part of our shelter operation and by being a part of it you are truly saving lives.  Read below to find out more about this amazing opportunity.

The foster program serves to provide temporary homes for those animals who are not ready to be adopted right away.  Some reasons we may need volunteers to foster animals include:

-       Illness (upper respiratory infection, skin conditions, etc.)

-       Injury (recovery from surgery or accident)

-       Immaturity (too young or underweight to undergo spay/neuter surgery)

-       Healthy Adoptables (healthy pets available for adoption who just need a vacation from shelter life)

Foster 3What is fostering? A foster home temporarily houses and cares for an animal until he/she is ready to come back to the shelter and be placed on the adoption floor.

Why do we have a foster program? The Houston SPCA receives many animals that for various reasons cannot immediately go up for adoption at the time of admission.  Some are too young.  Others may be ill or injured.  Others still are healthy and waiting for adoption, but may need a break from shelter life.

How long does it take to foster? Depending on the situation and the condition of the animal, a foster commitment could be anywhere from 7-10 days or as long as 6-8 weeks.       

What can I foster?  The Houston SPCA foster program has a wide variety of animals available to foster!  This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs, as well as horses, pigs, goats, cows and other farm animals.  Please note that equine and farm animals require a different application to be completed.

What does the Houston SPCA provide to foster families?  The Houston SPCA provides medical care, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, crates and linens.  Hill's Science Diet currently provides food for cats and dogs.  Our staff and volunteers are also here to offer you help and support as you become a foster parent for the Houston SPCA.

How to get started: Please fill out the domestic foster application by clicking here. If you are interested in fostering farm animals, please click here.

Fostering is a wonderful, rewarding experience.  Thank you again for your interest in our foster home care program.  We hope to hear from you soon!  :0)


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