Foster a pet

Help the SPCA and become a fosterer to save lives


The Manawatu SPCA's volunteer foster care programme provides temporary housing for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that aren't quite ready for adoption.  In 2016 our volunteer fosterers helped to save the lives of over 600 animals!  We need loving homes like yours to continue helping these animals in need of a little extra care. 


Q: Which animals need foster care?
A: Puppies and kittens under 2 months old, mothers with nursing kittens and animals with medical conditions.

Q: Can I foster if I have my own animals?
A: Yes we welcome pet owners as foster volunteers.  Please keep in mind there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals, in any setting.  So we ask that your own animals be fully vaccinated. 

Q: How long do animals stay in foster care?
A: The typical foster stay is between two weeks to a couple of months, depending on the need of the individual animal.

Q: What expenses are involved with foster care?
A: Foster families are provided with all the food, bedding, equipment (such as litter trays) and medical expenses are covered for the animals in their care. 

If you are interested in joining the volunteer foster team please contact the Foster Coordinator.

Palmerston North please call (06) 357 2516 or email

We also welcome you to come in and visit to chat with our team about what is involved with foster caring.

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