Foster

The animals in our foster care program are too young, too sick, recovering from surgery and/or on a behaviour modification program. This is the reason why we need foster parents – to care for these homeless pets.


The length of time in foster care varies from pet to pet. Young kittens and puppies may be in foster care for as long as 12 weeks, whereas a sick cat may be in care for a couple of weeks. We are looking for people committed to enriching these pets’ lives until they return to the Centre for adoption. Our busy season is usually March to November.

Being a foster caregiver is a rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating and challenging at times. If you are looking for an experience that is truly rewarding, consider becoming a member of our Foster Care Team.

Foster Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Volunteers must reside in the area where the shelter resides (foster parents based out of the KW Animal Centre must reside in Waterloo Region (excluding City of Cambridge), and foster parents based out of the SP Animal Centre must reside in Stratford-Perth)
  • Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay/neuter, current vaccines, and if they have a dog(s), a current license tag(s)
  • Volunteers, if renting, must show landlord consent for animals in the home
  • Volunteers must have a separate area for fosters
  • Volunteers must have the time to care for the animals
  • Volunteers must have access to transportation for vet appointments/medical emergencies
  • Volunteers must also have a working email address
  • Download and complete the Foster Care Application
  • Volunteers must include 2 letters of reference

Send the completed application and required documentation to fostering@kwsphumane.ca or fax to: 519-745-3224.

 PLEASE NOTE:  We must receive the application and required documentation before we can consider your application to foster. Only those suitable for the program will be contacted.

Apply to be a Foster Parent

Cat Foster Care Application
Dog Foster Care Application
Reptile Foster Care Application
Small Animal Foster Care Application