Foster homes are always urgently needed at the Winchester SPCA.  We need foster families for nursing moms, newborn kittens, sick or injured animals, and special-needs dogs.  Fostering is a wonderful and rewarding experience; you can free up precious shelter kennel space and provide the animals with a home environment instead of a noisy shelter.

We provide training, support, food, and medical assistance.  To foster an animal, you need to have a room where the animal can remain separated from any other animals in the home.  Foster families are empowered to serve as adoption counselors, finding permanent homes for the pets in their care.

Fostering time frames vary from a few weeks to several months.  Our staff will work with you based on the amount of time you are able to offer.

Newborn fostering can last anywhere from two to seven weeks.  Kittens and puppies must be returned to the shelter at a certain age for shots & deworming.  When the kittens or puppies are old enough for adoption, please call or e-mail us to make arrangements.

To become a foster parent, please complete a foster application and return it to our office.  Our Foster Care Coordinator will contact you to arrange a home visit to assist you in setting up your home for your first foster project.  Once approved, the shelter will contact you as needed for assistance, and you can start helping us save lives!