Fostering Animals

What’s Foster Care?

Foster care is an opportunity to care for an animal that’s not yet ready for adoption. It’s an alternative for animal lovers who can’t make a long-term commitment, but still want to help rescue animals.

Why is the Foster Care Program so important?

From early Spring each year the DSPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre receives hundreds of kittens from a few days old to several weeks old. Many come in without their mother and we have to take special care of them until they are 10 weeks old when they are vaccinated and can be brought back to our rescue and re-homing centre to be adopted.

We also have puppies who need to be fostered until they are 8 weeks old when they are vaccinated and can be brought back to the rescue and re-homing centre to be adopted.

When animals are so young, they have weak immune systems and are susceptible to germs and disease. In order to give these animals the best chance of survival, we must find foster homes for them.

Some of these young animals that come into our shelter are sick and need medication, in some cases the medication will need to be given by our vet team in the shelter and in some cases we ask our foster parents to give the animals medication, ie. tablets, drops, etc.

We also have some special cases where older animals need to go into foster care to rest up for a while in a home environment, this can be because they need one-to-one socialisation, are suffering from stress from being in a large shelter atmosphere or to recover from illness or injury.

How does the Foster Programme Work?

Being a foster parent to kittens & puppies is one of the most rewarding things you can do.The time commitment of a foster parent is between 1 to 10 weeks depending on the animal requiring fostering.

We provide you with all of the food, materials, food trays, litter trays and litter required to take care of the animals. And we provide you with training and Vet support should you have any questions or problems while you foster.

The process is simple, after you sign up we will email you with a list of animals needing foster with all their details and the duration they need to be fostered. You can then let us know if you would like to foster the animal, that way we match up the animal with the right foster home that suits both the animal and the foster family.

What kinds of people are eligible to become foster care parents?

All kinds! We match the perfect foster care pet to your individual needs. If you have a small amount of time or want to make a full-time commitment, we have a pet that needs your help. Fostering lets you make a difference in an animal’s life. We are looking for caring, compassionate individuals, 18 or older, who are able to get to our shelter in Rathfarnham. Is that you?

We foster around 1000+ animals a year, and mainly during the warmer months of the year, so we need as many foster parents as possible on our mailing list.

How do I become a Foster Care Parent?

If you would like to help save lives by providing these animals with a loving foster home and becoming one of our foster angels, please contact us right away:

01 4994720