Are You My Foster Home?
The MSPCA Foster Care Program is a life-saving extension of our adoption center. Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals that aren't quite ready for adoption. Fostering is a personal and wonderful way to contribute to saving the life of a homeless animal. We currently depend on the generosity and dedication of over 100 foster families.
- The animals most in need of foster care at the Boston MSPCA Adoption Center are cats and kittens. Our adoption center takes in close to 5,000 animals a year, and 65% of the animals we take in are cats. We place kittens who are too young to be adopted in our foster program. We also place cats that have been injured or have a cold in foster care to give them time to recuperate before they are made available for adoption.
- Our next biggest need is foster homes that have experience with rabbits and are interested in fostering rabbits for socialization and litter box training. We also have the occasional need for foster care for small animals such as guinea pigs.
- For dogs, we have started a new Adoption Ambassador foster care program - learn more about our new Adoption Ambassador Foster Program for Dogs. A large majority of the dogs in need of foster care are Pit Bull Mixes. If you are interested in fostering small dogs, we would encourage you to apply to foster with All Dog Rescue a wonderful rescue groups that is need of foster homes for small dogs.
The time required to foster varies depending on the species and the reason for foster. For cats, it can be as little as two weeks or as long as many months depending on the needs of the particular animal. For our dog foster program we ask foster parents to foster the dog until he/she is adopted. Our adoption center staff will work to make sure we match you with an animal who is right for your lifestyle and schedule.
If you rent your current apartment, we need to gain permission from your landlord or rental company before you can foster. It is recommended that you find out your apartment's pet policy before applying to our foster program. If you own your home, we ask that you bring proof of home ownership - a tax bill, water bill or mortgage statement- with you to the foster orientation.
Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience that requires a real commitment. The emotional aspects of fostering are difficult and should be discussed with all family members. It is easy to fall in love with any animal especially one that has depended on you. Oftentimes it can be difficult to see them leave your home for their new forever home. The wonderful part of fostering is knowing that you played a tremendous and extremely crucial role in getting them there!
We will provide you with all the supplies needed. Food, bowls, leash, collar, medication and litter are all provided by the MSPCA. We'll send anything the animal is attached to, such as a bed or special toys. Our vet staff will care for the animal if the need for medical attention arises, and we will incur those costs. Foster animals are not to be brought to your family veterinarian or another MSPCA veterinarian without prior approval from our staff.
If you are interested in Fostering for the MSPCA, please click here to fill out an online application. We will contact you when we schedule the next orientation. Orientations are two hours long and are generally held once a month. - either on weeknights of weekends.
For more information on our Foster Volunteer Program, please call (617) 524-5708, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider making a donation to help support our foster and adoption center animals.