Foster A Pet

Thank you for your interest in fostering animals for the Delaware SPCA. Foster volunteers may provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs or puppies. Some of our animals that are looking for foster homes may be underweight or too young for surgery and need a temporary home for a couple of days or a week. Other animals may require a bit of recovery time post-surgery, ranging from a few of weeks to a month or more of care. Others still may have special needs that may be better fulfilled through foster care.

Each year at our shelters we provide care for over 3,000 animals. Placing animals into temporary foster care helps to prevent overcrowding at our facilities. By offering your home, effort, and attention to an animal in need of fostering, you prepare that pet for adoption into a new forever home.

A few things to consider before applying to become a foster parent:

  • This program is for individuals who are 18 years or older and are interested in providing temporary care for a shelter animal in their home.
  • The average commitment is 2-4 weeks. The shelter will help you and your foster animal get started by giving you instructions on care, offering phone support, and providing any required veterinary care. A return date will also be scheduled for you.
  • Cats and kittens must be kept indoors at all times.
  • When dogs are outside, they must be supervised in an enclosed yard or leashed at all times.

Foster animals are carefully matched with foster homes according to the animals’ needs and the foster parents’ abilities. Whether you work full-time or are often at home, if you own dogs or cats, or if you live in an apartment or a single home there may be a foster placement appropriate for you.

If you are interested in fostering for the Delaware SPCA you can begin the application process now by completing an application. The information gathered through the application will improve our familiarity with potential foster homes and will help the Delaware SPCA to place animals into homes that may meet their individual needs.

After receiving your application, our foster coordinators will contact you to arrange a personal meeting to discuss your foster interests and the Delaware SPCA’s needs.

Please fill out the application available here. Forms can be dropped off at the shelter.

For more information about foster opportunities, call the Stanton shelter at (302) 998-2281.