Foster An Animal

Could you be a fosterer?

Foster homes are an integral part of our work and play a special part in rehabilitating our dogs & cats. Foster homes are a valuable asset to our centre, having a team of fosterer’s means that we are able to rescue more animals and more importantly provide a calm & loving environment for those who are in need of a little more TLC.


What is required to be a fosterer?

It goes without saying that youll need to be an animal lover! As long as you have a little spare time and can offer a suitable environment we’d be happy to hear from you. There is no cost to the fosterer, we provide all the equipment, food, medicine and any vets bills.

Other requirements include:

– If you have your own pets they must be fully vaccinated, neutered and  happy to share their home.

– If you are in rented accommodation we must receive written permission from your landlord, confirming that you’re able to keep animals at the property.

– You’ll need to be over 18.

We also host a clinic for our foster animals once per week here at the centre for their regular appointments and check-ups. If you have difficulty with transport we can offer a van collection service for this. 

What type of animal might I be fostering? 

Animals are placed with a fosterer in a variety of scenarios. You might be asked to take an elderly cat or dog who require medicine administering, puppies which require more care, an animal which has had an operation and needs to recover, a mummy cat with kittens or a cat suffering from cat flu. You would never be asked to take an animal which has been taken away from someone until they have become the legal property of the RSPCA following court proceedings. 

The type of animals you are asked to take on will vary depending on your circumstances and your own animals, e.g we wouldn’t give you a cat with cat flu if you have your own cats who could be infected.

How do I become a fosterer?

There are a few simple steps to becoming a fosterer…

  1. First of all, simply click here to fill in our fostering enquiry form. Once we receive this we’ll get in touch and if you meet our basic criteria, we’ll send you an application pack. 
  2. Once you have submitted your application and been approved, the Rehoming Team from the centre will get in touch with you for a more in depth discussion about fostering. 
  3. You will then receive a home visit from our team, who will visit your home to have a chat with you.
  4. The final bit of admin is some online health and safety training. 
  5. Once your Home Visit has been passed and we have all the relevant paperwork returned to us you will be ready for your first foster placement!

Beatrix & Edna…

Some of you may remember Beatrix who arrived at our centre last year as part of a headline hitting cruelty case, after she was shockingly thrown from a car in the Bradford area. Beatrix was found with a large tumour across her abdomen and required lots of extensive veterinary care to get her back to full health.

As Beatrix is an older girl she needed to be rehomed on our Elderly Animal Rehoming Sheme (EARS) and thankfully, one of our most experienced EARS adopters; Edna, came to the rescue!  Edna has been caring for dogs on our EARS scheme since 2006, so it’s safe to say Beatrix found a wonderful home and one she is so deserving of after such a horrific experience. Beatrix is now very settled, happy and well in her forever home with Edna and after a health check, a vet estimated her age to be 16! However, age is definitely just a number and there’s no stopping this older girl living life to the full as she became an even bigger star when she featured on our ITV This Morning feature with Peter Purves! Edna is very passionate about our EARS scheme and said “It’s a wonderful and very rewarding scheme, helping older dogs to find homes sooner and prevent them spending too much time in a kennel environment. The majority of EARS dogs are calm due to their age and require a little less exercise than some of the younger dogs available, so it’s well worth considering if you would like to adopt a rescue dog or cat”.

We’re so glad this gorgeous girl is now safe and well in a loving home and we’d like to thank Edna and all of our amazing supporters who donated to help Beatrix and make this possible – we just love a happy ending!

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