Foster Pet Parents Help Save Lives.

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How To Become A Foster Pet Parent

Many animals who come to the Houston SPCA are not yet adoption-ready and require time in loving foster homes before they will be ready to find their forever homes.

Invaluable Impact.  Foster Pet Parents temporarily care for foster-eligible animals, either until they are ready for adoption or for a portion of the total time they require fostering. By having caring for Houston SPCA animals in your own home, we are able to vastly increase the number of animals we can save!

Foster-Eligible Animals. The Foster Pet Parent Program at the Houston SPCA serves household pets including felines, canines, and other small pets.  Those who most often require fostering include the ill, injured, and/or immature (too young and/or underweight to be spayed/neutered). Additionally, some animals simply require socialization before they can be made available for adoption. We also occasionally have healthy adoptables become eligible for a short weekday vacation in a foster home as long as they have been awaiting adoption for at least one month.

Our Commitment. We commit to evaluating all animals medically and behaviorally before making them foster-eligible to you. Additionally, the Foster Care Coordinator can help you find the perfect foster pet for your home and will continue to be your advocate for any foster questions/concerns you may have once an animal is in your home.   We provide you with all the supplies you need in order to foster including food, litter, crates, toys, bedding medicine, etc.  All medical treatments and check-ups are done by Houston SPCA veterinary staff.

Your Commitment. We provide our Foster Pet Parents with a Foster Program Handbook (sent out once application is accepted).  We encourage ou to read it before orientation and training, as it has the latest program policies and procedures.  Foster Pet Parents should keep open lines of communication with the Foster Care Coordinator, which requires dependable access to internet and email. While the majority of your foster care-giving will take place in your home, Foster Pet Parents must also be prepared to bring their foster animals back to the Houston SPCA for veterinary  checks approximately every two weeks until they are adoption-ready.

Foster Pet Parent Requirements. Beyond the willingness to make the commitment described above, there are some specific requirements foster volunteer applicants must meet before they can become official foster parents with the Houston SPCA. Please ensure that you can meet the following criteria before initiating your application:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Understand that this program is not intended for those wanting to “foster-to-adopt”. Your first three foster animals will be placed up for adoption on our adoption floor and are not eligible for foster parents to adopt.
  • Must be willing to foster at least 1 animal every 6 months.
  • Have the consent of the head of household to foster, if applicable.
  • Ability to pass our standard criminal background check.
  • Resident pets must all be spayed/neutered with vaccinations up-to-date.
  • Ability to isolate foster pets from resident pets for first 14 days.
  • Prepared to house all foster animals indoors and have consent of landlord, if applicable.
  • Prepared to pay one-time $40 volunteer fee to cover induction costs.
  • Commit to attend foster training and/or volunteer orientation, if applicable.
  • Commit to re-attend foster training if 6-month or more hiatus is taken at any time.


Questions? Please contact the Foster Care Coordinator at or call 713-869-7722 ext. 121

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