We have so many wonderful animals walking through our doors every day.
Many of the animals brought to
us are not suitable for adoption when they first arrive, and some
simply need a little more time until the right home comes along
for them. Animals that are too young for adoption or need time to heal
from a sickness or neglect rely on a stress-free environment to grow
and heal. Other
may not be trained or socialized well enough to be adopted right away.
These have the potential to become excellent pets,
given more time and a loving support system. Foster volunteers take
such animals into their homes and provide a
nurturing environment for them to mature and become socialized and
Animals are released, on a temporary basis, to foster care providers.
Foster "parents" care for the animal until such time as it can be
spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption, heal from an injury or
socialized. Every animals that is placed into a foster home means
another life we can bring to the Adoption Center and therefore save!
Once the animal is ready for adoption, the animal can be returned to
Adoption Center to await adoption into a new home or stay within the
foster home until a successful adoption is completed. Animals that are
of age and healthy enough will still be promoted as available for
adoption even while they are in foster care.
This can be an intense short-term commitment, but also one
of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
If you are interested
becoming a lifesaver, please download
the foster application and
e-mail it back to our Foster
If you have questions regarding the foster program, please read the
Frequently Asked Questions below. For further information, contact Mark
610-566-1370 x213 or e-mail our Foster
The goal of Delaware County SPCA's Foster Program is to temporarily
care for as many animals as possible in order to make them
available for adoption. With the help of our dedicated foster homes, we
are saving more lives than ever before! Cats, kittens,
dogs and puppies are all available for
What is a foster parent?
A volunteer foster parent assists by caring for an animal in his/her
home that may need to be out of the Adoption Center for variety
of reasons including age, illness, injury, socialization or to help
provide needed space at the Adoption Center for incoming animals.
Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving
environment for the animals in their homes.
How long is the foster care
The length of foster care for each animal varies depending on its
needs. Fostering may last one week to several months. We have a
need for foster parents throughout the year.
What are the expenses for a
The Delco SPCA furnishes training support for dogs and medical care for
all foster animals through our vet department. Foster parents
incur their own expenses traveling to the Delco
SPCA medical care, as necessary.
Foster homes also provide food, water, litter and toys
for their foster pets. Occasionally, crates, food and toys will be
available to foster homes when the Adoption Center has extra donations.
What are the requirements for
Prospective foster parents complete an application, which is reviewed
by a member of the Foster Care team. Applications may be submitted via
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
at the Delco SPCA or by mail to 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media,
PA 19063 or fax (610-565-1176). If you have pets, all must be
up-to-date on their vaccines (we require rabies
and recommend distemper and additionally bordetella for dogs,
given every 6 months) and all must be spayed/neutered, although some
exceptions may apply. Home inspections may be conducted once all
references are checked.
Things to consider:
Are you at least 18 years of
Though we encourage
to be a part of the fostering experience, adults are required to be
the primary caregivers of the foster animals in the home.
Are you able to separate the
foster animals from your own animals?
Because some foster animals have limited immunity, it is best to keep
them in a spare bedroom or back room initially. When outside, puppies
and dogs must be supervised in an enclosed yard or on leash. Kittens
and cats much be kept indoors at all times.
Important contact information:
Delaware County SPCA Foster Coordinator: email@example.com
If you are unable to temporarily open your home to an animal at this
time, you can
still help make a difference by clicking below to make a donation.