Animal Fostering Program

What is Foster Care?

The definition of foster is: “to promote the growth and development of an individual.” The SPHS relies on the dedication of Foster Volunteers to aid in the recovery of animals who may not be ready for adoption due to medical or behavioral reasons. Foster volunteers temporarily care for animals in their home until the animals are ready to be placed up for adoption.

All vet costs and supplies including food, litter, medications, examinations, and prescription diets are provided by the SPHS.

This program is perfect for those who may not be able to commit to an animal for its entire life.

Foster care at SPHS

Being a foster caregiver is a rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating and challenging at times. If you are looking for a for an experience that is truly rewarding, consider becoming a member of the SPHS Foster Care Team.

Foster Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers must reside in Stratford-Perth.
  • Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay or neuter and current vaccinations.
  • Volunteers, if renting, must show landlord consent for animals in the home.
  • Volunteers must have a separate room to isolate a foster animal.
  • Volunteer must have time to care for foster animals.
  • Volunteers must have access to a vehicle.
  • Download and complete the Foster Volunteer Application here.
  • Volunteers must include 2 letters of reference with the Application.
  • Send the application via email to: or fax to: 519-745-3224.
NOTE:  We Must Receive The Application AND All Required Letters (Reference and Landlord – if applicable) Before We Can Consider Your Application To Foster.

Volunteers suitable for the program will be contacted for an interview.