Foster Care

Animal Foster Care San Francisco


The SF SPCA Foster Care Program is a lifeline for underage, sick or injured animals who cannot immediately be adopted.  With the love and care of devoted foster parents, these helpless animals are given a second chance for life.

Ways you can foster with the SF SPCA:

Kitten Fostering

Most of the animals fostered by the SF SPCA are underage, underweight kittens and the Society's outstanding record of saving their lives is due to our dedicated foster volunteers. They open their homes and hearts to approximately 1,000 cats and kittens each year, and help them reach the stage where they are adoptable. Read our Foster Kitty Manual.

End-of-life hospice care – Fospice

Fospice is for shelter animals diagnosed with a life-limiting, non-contagious illness.  While these animals are not suffering, their medical condition and poor prognosis prevents the SF SPCA from seeking adoptive homes for them. Call (415) 522-3542 or email to sign up for a foster class. Read our Fospice Manual (1MB PDF).

Dog Fostering

Foster care of adult dogs has its own set of requirements and rewards. We've set up a special program to train and support Adult Dog Foster volunteers. Read more about our adult dog foster program.

Puppy Fostering

The SF SPCA takes in underage puppies and their moms who sometimes need additional time before they are ready to go up for adoption. In order to maintain the puppies health and keep up socialization we sometimes send puppies home on foster until they are ready to be available for adoption. Read our Foster Puppy Manual (1.24 MB).

If you are an animal lover interested in providing love, nourishment and heaps of TLC to cats & dogs in need of care in a warm home sign up for a foster class with our Foster Care Coordinator at or 415-522-3542.

Learn how fostering works.

If you have already signed up for a Foster Class, you can download your Foster Care Volunteer paperwork here:

Donate to the Foster Program

Browse to the SF SPCA Foster Program's Amazon wish list. If you order directly from this list, your shipment will be delivered directly to us, with a packing slip listing your name (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

Being a kitten foster parent is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done with my life

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