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
  • Foster parents based out of the KW Animal Centre must reside in Waterloo Region .  Foster parents based out of the SP Animal Centre must reside in Stratford-Perth or Wilmot.
  • 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 stacy.mclellan@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

Please note that foster applications are still being accepted,  however due to staffing shortages caused by COVID 19- protocols, a delay in response is to be expected.  We apologize for the delay and will process your applications as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding.

Cat Foster Care Application

Dog Foster Care Application

Reptile Foster Care Application

Small Animal Foster Care Application

"Fostering has been an amazing experience for our son and our staff as we bring the kittens to the office most days. While we love to take in the orphaned 1 or 2 day old babies who need bottle feeding etc, you can always choose which kittens that are already self sufficient and just want to play and sleep! You always get to choose the best fit for your life and household. The staff at KWSPHS are incredibly helpful and supportive, and our FB group for foster families is a great resource! So give it a try! You will truly be saving a life, and making yours better at the same time!" 
~ Foster Mom, Gillian

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.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • 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

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