Information for Potential Foster Parents
Foster Care Services and Functions
Qualifications to be a Foster Parent
- Show genuine concern for the welfare of animals, consistent with the philosophy of the SF SPCA
- Be extremely conscientious about monitoring the medical condition, energy level and behavior of the animals in your care.
- Be willing to ask questions or call with any possible concerns
- Be willing to separate foster animals from your own animals
- Have the ability to work independently and follow instructions/policies
- Be physically able to transport kittens and their supplies in a carrier
Responsibilities of a Foster Parent
- Provide care and socialization to the animals in your care
- Contact the foster staff or medical staff when any possible concerns develop
- Bring animals back when scheduled, including for vaccinations
- Surrender animals back to the SF SPCA when they are ready for adoption
- Get a sick animal to the SF SPCA (or authorized alternative) quickly in case of an emergency.
The SF SPCA maintains legal guardianship of all animals in foster care, and their medical costs are covered by the Society.
Sound interesting? Sign up with our Foster Care Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-522-3542. And read our Foster Care Program Volunteer Manual (PDF, 1.56MB).