Foster Care Program

Foster Parenting

A foster parent is someone who provides temporary housing and care for an animal residing at Delaware SPCA. Our Foster Care program is designed to provide a caring home where animals can receive more individualized attention. Sometimes they are recovering from illness, need to be socialized, or aren’t old enough to be placed in a permanent home. When you foster, you open up space at Delaware SPCA, allowing us to take in even more animals.

Foster parents are encouraged to take photos/videos of their animals and pass helpful information along to us to help market them for their forever homes!

If you are interested in fostering an animal, please fill out an application for a cat or a dog and we will reach out to you once your application is approved. See below for the animals most in need of a foster home. 

How fostering helps animals

The Foster Program at Delaware SPCA is critical to our rescue work. It enables us to increase the number of homeless pets we can save by placing them in temporary foster homes. Foster homes also give pets a warm, loving environment to heal, grow and flourish. As a foster parent, your role is to welcome a pet (or pets) into your home and provide food, water, toys and lots of love.

There are many reasons a pet may need a foster home:

They’re Underage. Puppies and kittens are not ready to be adopted until they’re at least eight weeks old. They need time for their immune systems to develop, to receive life-saving medical care and to be healthy enough for their spay/neuter surgery.

They’re Sick/Injured. Foster homes are a great place for our sick or injured animals to heal, whether they’re recovering from a routine procedure or something more complicated like an orthopedic surgery.

They Need Behavior Modification or Socialization. With people and animals constantly coming and going, our shelter can be overwhelming for some animals. They might need a home environment or some one-on-one attention. Other animals come to us abused, neglected or simply lacking the training or socialization they need to find the right home. Our foster homes provide the enrichment, training or behavior modification needed for these loving pets to attract the perfect family for them.


In order to foster a Delaware SPCA animal, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation to our shelter for pick-up and drop-off and in case of emergency
  • Be able to isolate the Delaware SPCA foster animals from your own pets
  • Have all resident pets in your home spayed or neutered

Thank you for considering opening your home for a cat or dog in need. To view a few specific animals who could greatly benefit from a foster home, please see below. Note that we are continuously responding to other fosters and potential adopters and an animal’s status could change at any time. Thank you!