Become a foster carer

Interested in foster care?

Becoming a foster carer means you are providing invaluable support in caring for lost, abandoned and unwanted animals who need a second chance with a new family. Fostering also gives us information on their behaviour in a home environment so we can find them the best new family. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter.

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What does it take to become a foster carer?

How does foster care work?

Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles. When we receive an animal that is not ready for adoption we contact a foster carer. If that person is not available at the time, we simply try another carer, there is no pressure to take an animal and there will be plenty of opportunities to foster in the future.

What type of animals will I foster?

The shelter environment can be quite stressful and some animals cope better than others. Most animals require foster care for stress, medical, behavioural or age reasons. There may be orphaned and underage kittens that require assistance with feeding or queens and bubs or puppies, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs that are better off in the comfort of a home. During kitten season we often have kittens that only require fostering for a couple of weeks, which gives them time to gain weight so they can be desexed and then put up for adoption.

What are the requirements to become a foster carer?

  • The primary age of the foster animal must be over 18 years old.

  • Compassion, empathy and appreciation that every animal is different.

  • Willingness and enthusiasm to continue training and provide updates.

  • Attend veterinary checks at the shelter.

  • Provide our Animal Welfare Coordinator with regular updates to assist int he re-homing process. This may include photos or videos.

  • Care for all the animals needs, whether it be feeding, walking, grooming, training and socialising.

What does AAPS provide?

  • 24 hour support from our Animal Welfare Team.

  • All veterinary and medical costs are incurred by us.

  • Veterinary and behavioural support.

  • All food, litter, equipment, and training are provided before taking an animal home.

How long is the foster period?

The time that an animal needs fostering will vary depending on the reason they are in foster care. A litter of new-born kittens may need around 10 weeks in foster care, while a senior dog not coping in the shelter may only need a week or so, until they find their forever home.

When an animal needs fostering, you will be made aware of the approximate time they need to be in your home for.

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