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Houston SPCA Foster Care Program
Making a Difference
Thank you for your interest in the Houston SPCA foster 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 animals who are either not ready for adoption or those who have been on the adoption floor for a while. Some common reasons an animal may need to be fostered include:
- Illness (upper respiratory infection/kennel cough, skin conditions, etc.)
- Injury (recovery from surgery or accident)
- Immaturity (too young or underweight to undergo spay/neuter surgery)
- Healthy Adoptables (adoption-ready animals who need a break from shelter life)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the requirements to become a foster volunteer? You must be 18 years of age (or have a parent/guardian be the primary applicant), live somewhere that allows pets and be able to periodically bring your foster animal in for veterinary check-ups.
Can I foster if I work full-time? Yes, many of our foster volunteers work full-time. While there are some animals who need around-the-clock care or frequent attention, most foster animals require about the same time commitment as a typical resident pet would.
Do I have to buy supplies for my foster animals? No, the Houston SPCA provides all the supplies necessary for fostering (i.e., food, toys, kennels, towels, medicine and litter).
How long will I have a foster animal? 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. We do our best to match long-term foster animals with foster homes that are ready for a long-term commitment.
What types of animals can I foster? The Houston SPCA serves a wide variety of animals, and foster homes are needed for most types of those animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs, as well as horses, pigs, goats, cows and other farm animals. If you’re interested in fostering farm animals, please complete the Equine and Farm Animal Foster Home Application. If you’re interested in fostering indoor pets, please click “APPLY NOW!” at the bottom of the page to initiate your background check and receive an email with the general foster application.
Are there any special requirements? As a foster volunteer, you are required to follow Houston SPCA care instructions while the animals are in your home. If you have resident pets, we require that they are spayed/neutered and up to date on all vaccinations. For the safety of your resident pets and our foster animals, we ask that you keep resident pets separated from foster animals for the first 14 days.
Can I be a volunteer if I have a criminal record? We do not accept applicants with a history of sexual offense, violent crime, theft or animal neglect/cruelty. We require all volunteer applicants to state any past criminal record and reserve the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.
For more information, please email email@example.com or call 713-869-7722, ext. 121.