The Scottish SPCA’s Animal Fostering Programme

It takes remarkable people to give the time, commitment, the love and the patience a Scottish SPCA foster animal needs. Becoming a foster carer volunteer helps to play a vital role in the rehabilitation of the animals in our care. 

Our fostering programme allows our animals to receive care and attention in a happy, stable and safe home environment. This helps to build their confidence and teach them behaviours to improve their chance of finding their new forever home.

Many of our animals don’t cope well within the animal rescue and rehoming centre environment. Others have come from situations where they may not have been well socialised with humans or other animals and others may never have experienced the care and affection they deserve and this is where our team of fantastic fosterer carer volunteers come in...

We appreciate fostering an animal is a huge commitment but we know it can also be a very rewarding experience. Fostering not only enriches the lives of the animals we care for but also the lives of our foster carer volunteers. 

Animals can have such an amazing impact on mental and physical health, wellbeing, companionship and socialisation. It is also a great opportunity for you to enjoy the experience of having a pet without the long-term commitment of ownership and costs.

If you are interested in becoming one of our animal foster carer volunteers, please click here to see any current opportunities available.

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How to



All of our foster carer volunteer opportunities are advertised on our website and come with a role profile to explain what skills, experience and qualities are required. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer volunteer, please look out for any opportunities in your area and complete an application here.

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Progressing your application


If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend an informal interview via video call. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the role, meet our team and get a sense of whether our foster carer volunteer role is right for you. 

Following on from this we will arrange to complete a home check with you via video call and discuss any support you may need.

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Whether you would like to foster a puppy, a kitten, a pregnant or nursing mum or one of our lovely more senior animals, you will have access to our online training system to help support you from day one. 

Our fabulous team at your local animal rescue and rehoming centre will also be on hand to provide additional training, tailored to the specific needs of the animal you will be fostering.

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Bringing your foster animal home


Bringing your first foster animal home is very exciting and our team at your animal rescue and rehoming centre will be on-hand to support you through your fostering journey to make sure you have everything you need. 

We will provide you with all the equipment and food you need to look after your foster animal and we have partnered with Pawsquad and Vets Now to ensure you have free 24/7 veterinary support and care for your foster animal.

If you are already an animal foster carer volunteer with us, please click here to use our online services:


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