Open your heart and home

Ready for one of the most rewarding experiences of your life?

As a foster volunteer you may provide care and shelter to kittens, nursing cats or dogs, and pets with special medical or behavioral needs until they are ready to move onto the next phase of finding a loving home!

become a foster

What types of homeless pets need fostering and why?

  • Pregnant and nursing moms with babies
  • Kittens (sometimes puppies)
  • Recovering pets (cats or dogs that are healing from surgery or treatment)
  • Shy/anxious pets (those that struggle in the shelter setting and would do better in a home)

What do I need to become a foster?

Becoming a foster parent is fast, easy and a lot of FUN! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Your pets must be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Permission from your landlord to have pets OR own your home
  • Reliable transportation to and from the SPCA of Northern Nevada to keep regular re-vaccination appointments and to address any medical issues that may arise

Don’t worry, we will provide you with all the equipment and knowledge you need to help your foster pets thrive! You’ll be a pro before you know it. Not to mention a literal life-saver.

Apply to be a foster

Fostering 101

We need your help during kitten season!

In the Spring and Summer months, we will see an influx of kittens, many of them not old enough to leave their mothers. We will utilize foster homes to care for orphaned kittens, whole litters separated from their mother and mother cats with their litters. Foster parents will provide care for the kittens until they reach 2 lbs., a necessary weight requirement to have the spay/neuter surgery.

Email the foster team at to learn more.