How you can become a foster carer
Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster carer of Pets In Crisis pets. Our Pets In Crisis Program is co-ordinated by the RSPCA Queensland. Therefore all foster caring is controlled by them. The RSPCA Queensland is always keen to work with enthusiastic, compassionate people who would like to help give an animal a second chance at a safe and happy life. Foster carers are unique individuals who dedicate their time to nurturing and loving those who need it most.
Pets In Crisis animals
Pets in Crisis is a critical program that delivers many community benefits. It provides those who are experiencing domestic and family abuse with peace of mind that their pet will be away from violence and harm while they find a safe environment to rebuild their lives. Sadly pets are often abused as part of the spectrum of domestic violence. Domestic violence counsellors regularly speak with people whose pets are beaten or tortured by abusive partners. Places available in refuges for the victims of domestic and family violence are scarce, and in Queensland none are able to accommodate pets. DVConnect counsellors regularly speak to women whose intimate partners use violence or threats of it towards their pets – in order to frighten and control them into staying. And for the children – moving without their special companions at this time compounds the loss and makes the trauma they are facing in their family life that much more intense. Knowing that their pets will be cared for and that they can be reunited as soon as they can get back on their feet is sometimes the catalyst for many women having the courage to take that vital step towards leaving a violent domestic situation and protecting themselves their children and just as importantly their pets.
How do I become an RSPCA Foster Carer?
- Be over 18 years of age.
- Read through our FAQs page.
- Complete the Foster Carer Expression of Interest form.
- Attend a 2 hour Basic Foster Care Training session at your local RSPCA shelter or adoption centre. Bring copies of your own dog and cat vaccination certificates and, if renting, written permission to have animals from the home owner or real estate agent.
- At the Basic Foster Care Training session, complete a Foster Carer Information form (this gathers all of your personal details, as well as your preferences for the types of animals you’d like to foster).
- Allow a visit by one of our volunteer property checkers to double-check the suitability of your home.
- If all requirements are met, wait to be matched to a suitable animal.
- If fostering an adult dog, attend a “meet and greet” with your new foster animal at the shelter or adoption centre, bringing along your own dogs and all children in the household.
- Sign a Foster Carer Agreement form for every new animal you foster.