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Thank you for your interest in fostering! The majority of our animals are placed in foster care with our foster volunteers. Foster caregivers provide temporary homes for foster animals while they wait to find their furever homes. If you are looking for a rewarding experience, consider becoming a foster volunteer.


Foster families best suited for this role:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Based out of the Waterloo Region for the KW Animal Centre
  • Based out of Perth Country or surrounding areas for the SP Animal Centre
  • Existing animals in their home are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, and have current license tag(s) for canines
  • If renting their residence, have written consent from their landlord to allow foster animals in the home
  • Have time to care for the animals
  • Have access to transportation for vet appointments/medical emergencies
  • 2 reference checks will be required in order to proceed in the foster application process


We will process your applications as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.


Student Foster Program

Are you a high school student in Stratford Perth or the Kitchener Waterloo area looking for ways to complete your community service hours? Would you like to play an important role in the lives of cats and small animals in your community? Would you like to help them by providing a safe space for them to stay until they are ready to find their forever home?

If you love cats and small animals and would like to support them on their journey to finding their forever homes, then check out our Student Foster Program! As one of our student foster caregivers and under the supervision of a parent or guardian, you can earn your community involvement hours by being a foster caregiver to one of our cats or small animals.


  • Must be at least 14 years of age or older
  • Must reside in the Stratford Perth or Kitchener Waterloo area
  • If you currently have pet(s) you must provide proof of spay/neuter, current vaccines and if you have dog(s) or cat(s) you must have current license tag(s).
  • This is to ensure your animal at home is safe and do not get sick when the new foster comes into the home
  • Must have consent of parent/guardian to participate in the program and have a foster animal in the home.
  • Must have a separate area for fosters
  • A separate room or dedicated space allows your foster to slowly explore their new environment while having a safe space to go to.
  • Must have the time to care for the animals
  • Must have access to a car ride for vet appointments/ medical emergencies
  • Vet appointments will be completed at the Stratford Perth location. Medical Emergencies are supported at the Emergency Clinic in Kitchener
  • Must also have a working email address
  • Must provide 2 letters of reference at the time of their interview