About Fostering

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Foster Program Support

The Nova Scotia SPCA simply could not function without the help of the fantastic volunteers who donate their time. If you are ready to put up your hand to help, we’ve got the volunteer options to suit you. For the past 3 years our Dartmouth branch has been voted to receive the Coast’s Gold Award for the Best Place to Volunteer!

Profile of SPCA Volunteer

The Nova Scotia SPCA is always seeking individuals who want to give their time to help the animals, and involve themselves with all their heart. These special people are very concerned to improve the environment for animals in our society and to help the Nova Scotia SPCA save more lives.

The motivation of their involvement is to help the animal, first and foremost!

Animal Fostering

The volunteers participating in the Foster Program help to find homes for the animals with treatable illnesses or minor injuries. They take pictures of the animals available for foster and assist department staff in their various tasks to coordinate the foster placement (updating the blog, document preparation, filing records, entering in our internal database, answering phone calls and emails).

Requirements: Good interpersonal skills, be comfortable with animals and with computers.


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