Volunteer FAQ


What animals need foster care?

  1. Kittens or puppies that are too young to be adopted
  2. Nursing cats and dogs
  3. Animals awaiting adoption
  4. Ill or injured animals that may need regular medication or medical attention
  5. Animals susceptible to stress from a shelter environment

What are the requirements to be a foster parent?

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Fill out and sign a foster care application
  3. Attend a foster parent training session

Are there any expenses incurred by foster parents?

Foster parents receive all the supplies necessary to care for their foster animal, including food, bedding and crates as well as any medicine needed. Our veterinary staff is also readily available to provide any medical care the animal may need while in your care.

Why should I become a foster parent?

A foster parent has one of the most important jobs in animal welfare. Foster parents allow our animals to receive the proper care and attention they deserve as they wait for adoption.

As a foster parent you’ll not only save the lives of animals in your care, but you’ll give other animals coming into the shelter who may not need the same level of medical attention a space on our adoption floor to find their own loving homes.

If those aren’t enough reasons to become a foster parent, consider these:

  1. Foster animals are temporary companions offering their love freely
  2. You’ll be helping to socialize a shelter animal so they become more adoptable and better companions
  3. You can put that spare bedroom to good use
  4. You’ll delight at the smiles on the faces of the family that adopts your foster animal and possibly make new friends along the way
  5. Fostering helps you explore many different breeds of dogs and cats to help you decide which traits you’d like in your next companion animal
  6. If for some reason you can’t keep a full-time companion animal, fostering for short time periods is an ideal solution
  7. You’ll know that you’re making a huge difference in the lives of the animals who need it most

Ready to be a foster parent?

Complete, print out, sign, and mail the application.

Mail, fax, or drop off this document to:

Sacramento SPCA
c/o Foster Parent Applications
6201 Florin-Perkins Road
Sacramento, CA  95828
Fax: (916) 383-7062

After we receive your application, a staff member will contact you to schedule a training session. We recommend that you also attend a New Volunteer Orientation. This is an excellent way to learn more about the Sacramento SPCA.