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Become a Foster Carer

Thank you for your interest in becoming an RSPCA Darwin Foster carer.  We are always keen to work with enthusiastic, compassionate people who would like to help give an animal a second chance at a safe and happy life.

Foster carers provide much-needed love and support for animals who need temporary care prior to becoming available for adoption.

Our foster carers are unique individuals who dedicate their time to nurturing and loving those who need it most. One of the most rewarding experiences for these carers is seeing a previously uncared-for animal finding who they are and learning to trust once again.

For some foster carers, the experience of fostering an abused or neglected animal can be even more rewarding. These animals are in desperate need of human contact and to the special few fostering these animals, the experience can change their lives.

Every animal in a foster home is one less animal that our staff and volunteers need to attend to in the shelter, leaving more resources to dedicate to those in-shelter animals and creating greater capacity so that more animals can come into the RSPCA’s care.  

What type of animals are available to foster?

  • Puppies and kittens that need a bit more growing time before they can be desexed and made available for adoption.
  • Dogs and cats that aren’t coping in the shelter environment and need to be in a home. They may just need a break away from the kennels or they may need to stay in foster until an adoption can be arranged.
  • Animals that are awaiting the outcome of a court case.
  • Convalescing animals that need some time to recover from illness or injury before being available for adoption.
  • Animals with behavioural problems who need some form of rehabilitation before being considered suitable for adoption.
  • Legacy animals that are waiting for their owner to return home from a hospital stay.
  • Legacy animals that have had their owner pass away and are awaiting adoption.
  • Animals that need a safe haven while a domestic violence situation is dealt with.
  • Animals that can’t be accommodated at the shelter or adoption centre because of limited space or facilities.
  • Animals that are available for adoption and need care outside of business hours.
  • Animals that have to be evacuated immediately from an emergency situation e.g. floods, bushfires, cyclone, earthquake.

How do I become an RSPCA Foster Carer?

  • Read through our page.
  • Complete the Foster Carer application form Download here or email reception@rspcadarwin.org.au for more information
  • If all requirements are met, wait to be matched to a suitable animal.
  • If fostering an adult dog, attend a “meet and greet” with your new foster animal at the shelter, bringing along your own dogs and all children in the household.
  • Sign a Foster Carer Agreement form for every new animal you foster.