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.