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.
From early Spring each year hundreds of kittens arrive at the DSPCA. Many come in without their mother and can be as young as a day old. Therefore they require special care and attention in the home and huge committment until they are old enough to be adopted and receive their first vaccinations. Animals recovering from an illness or injury really benefit from the love and attention given in foster care. Some may require special medical attention, including medicated baths or daily medication and all foster animals will need to attend regular veterinary appointments back at the DSPCA. Some of the animals simply need respite away from their daily routines and receive much needed TLC and socialisation.
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.
Recovering, sick or injured cats and dogs (of all ages, sizes and breeds). Newborn and young kittens or puppies. Adult cats and dogs with special medical needs. Also for animals that require socialisation in a home environment to prepare them for their new homes.
Foster caregivers must be at least 18 years old, have their own transport and live within a reasonable distance of our shelter in Rathfarnham to attend regular veterinary check-ups if required during the foster stay. We also ask that foster animals are not left alone for more than approx. four hours on a daily basis. Therefore the foster programme would not suit families who are working outside of the home on a full time basis or lead a busy lifestyle away from the home.