Foster Parenting


Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster parent.

What is a Foster Parent?

A foster parent is someone who provides temporary housing and care for an animal sheltered at the Pennsylvania SPCA.

The Pennsylvania SPCA Foster Care program is designed to provide a caring home where animals can receive more individualized attention. Sometimes they are recovering from illness, on hold due to a court case, need to be socialized, or aren’t old enough to be placed in a forever home.

What’s so great about being a Foster Parent?

Some of the fantastic benefits of being a foster parent are:

  • Foster parents get to experience the joy of having a pet without having to make a lifetime commitment.
  • Foster parents save the life not only of the animal being fostered, but free up space at the shelter for another animal in need.
  • Foster parents help save lives!
  • Foster parents have the first chance to adopt their foster animals or arrange adoptions with qualified, interested parties. We encourage foster parents to help find forever homes for their foster babies.
  • Foster parents have the heartwarming satisfaction of knowing they’ve connected homeless animals with loving, stable households.

Many thousands of animals are now in their forever homes thanks to dedicated foster parents and families.

How do I become a Foster Parent?

If you are interested in fostering an animal at one of our locations, please fill out the brief form below and a Pennsylvania SPCA representative will contact you. You need be at least 18 years of age or have your parent’s permission and consent to be a foster parent. Items with stars are required information.

Foster Application Form