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Foster Parenting

At many times throughout the year, some of the animals that come to the Nova Scotia SPCA need temporary homes – and that’s where we need your help. Many of our branches rely solely on foster homes.

Yes you can foster even if you are only available for a short time –  or are not sure how to care for kittens – we can teach you!

Fill out this foster form to become a foster parent today!

Many of the animals that come into our branch shelters need a little extra TLC before finding their new forever home or are too young to be ready for adoption. Foster Parents provide a temporary home for these animals as they recover from surgery or illness, or simply put on a little more weight before being spayed or neutered.

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Benefits of being a foster parent

  • Every animal that you foster is given a second chance at life – and the more animals you foster, the more lives you help save.
  • Fostering can be a great way to try having an animal in your life, before making a lifelong commitment
  • First time Foster Parents receive training, and our friendly Foster Team are just a phone call away
  • We provide any medical care required
  • We supply all food, bedding, litter trays and everything else to help the animals have a comfortable stay in your home
  • The average length of stay is 3-6 weeks for cats, and 6 weeks for dogs

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Requirements to become a foster parent

  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Your own animals need to be up to date with their vaccinations
  • Need to have consent from your Landlord (if you rent)
  • Need support of all other household members involved.
  • Must have time each day to care for your fosters – the time needed depends on the individual situation, we can customize the foster animal you take home to what works best for your lifestyle and schedule.
  • Need a room to isolate the foster animal(s) from other household pets
  • Need reliable access to transportation for picking up/dropping off fosters and  visits to our Vet (when necessary) or shelter for supplies.

NEW - Nova Scotia SPCA Foster Care Program Application

Thank you for your interest in our Foster Care Program. This program is designed for people like you, who wish to offer a temporary home for animals that need extra care before they can be made available for adoption. All applications are reviewed carefully and a response can be expected within a maximum of two weeks from receipt of application.

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