Being a Foster Parent

Foster Parent Responsibilities

The San Francisco SPCA maintains legal guardianship of animals in foster care and covers their medical costs. To be a foster parent, you must:

  • Show genuine concern for the welfare of animals, consistent with the philosophy of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Conscientiously monitor the medical condition, energy level and behavior of the animals in your care
  • Separate foster animals from your animals
  • Work independently while following instructions and policies
  • Be physically able to transport kittens or puppies – and their supplies
  • Ask questions and call to discuss concerns
  • Join our foster egroup to stay current on fostering issues
  • Be accessible via email

Foster Parent Responsibilities

  • Provide care and socialization to the animals in your care
  • Contact the foster staff or medical staff when concerns develop
  • Keep animals on track with their vaccination schedule and return animals when scheduled
  • Surrender animals to the SF SPCA when they’re ready for adoption
  • Quickly bring a sick animal to the SF SPCA (or authorized alternative) in case of an emergency

Sign up with our Foster Care Coordinator at And read our Kitten Care Program Volunteer Manual.