Fostering plays a very important part in the work that we do at the DSPCA. Every kitten and puppy that come into our care need to go out to foster homes until they are vaccinated, old enough and ready for adoption. We also need foster homes for cats and dogs that may need extra care after surgery, pregnant mothers who need a quiet home to have and nurse their new borns, those who require special medical needs for a period of time and those who need a little extra TLC or socialisation before they are ready for adoption. Fostering is a wonderful way to help animals if you are not in a position to adopt and commit to having a pet long term.

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How can I become a DSPCA foster?

Please complete the foster form and the fostering team will be in touch. Thank you!

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What is 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 fostering so important?

A foster home is so much more than just shelter and food. It is a special place for a rescue animal while on its journey to finding a forever home. It’s a place of love, support and encouragement.

Fostering is incredibly rewarding and we know and understand that returning a foster pet can be emotional but we always remind our foster families of the amazing work they are doing and that we’ll always have another little rescue that needs their foster love and care.

What kinds of animals need fostering?

We have lots of rescue animals in the shelter that need foster homes including:

New born kittens, pregnant cats/dogs, kittens with flu, puppies with mange, dogs with kennel cough, animals after surgery needing crate rest and lots more.

Our fostering team will provide you with all the information that you need to care for your foster animal along with guidelines and contact details should you need help.

What are the requirements for fostering?

Fosters must be 18 years of age and have their own transport.

Fosters need to live within a reasonable distance from our shelter in Rathfarnham as they will need to attend regular veterinary check-ups for their foster pet.

Fosters need to be around during the day to care for their foster pets so they can not work full time or part time.

What do I need to have for my foster animal?

The DSPCA will supply everything you need you to care for you foster animal during the fostering period including food, bedding, toys, bowl, little tray, cat litter, leads, collars etc.

Any medication that you foster animal is on will be also be supplied by the DSPCA along clear instructions on how and when to administer it.

How long do I need to foster an animal for?

The fostering period will differ for each animal. Kittens and puppies may need fostering for 2-3 weeks and an adult dog or cat may need 1 week.

The fostering period for each animal will be discussed directly with you.

Out Of Hours Service - If you are currently fostering for the DSPCA

If you are currently fostering for the DSPCA and your foster pet requires urgent veterinary attention outside of our working hours (Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm), please call Village Vets, Dundrum on (01) 298 7510.

This service is only available to DSPCA foster animals under the care of the DSPCA.