Foster Care Program

The SPCA of Northern Nevada Foster Care Program

The SPCA of Northern Nevada has a wonderful network of foster care volunteers who open up their homes and hearts — for a few weeks or even a few months — to care for hundreds of puppies and kittens. Helping us throughout the year, these volunteers will foster puppies, kittens, and nursing mother cats. These small animals will require more attention and individual care than they would receive in the adoption center environment, making the role of the foster parent vital. (Click here for a recent post about the difference fostering makes!)

All foster families must be a registered volunteer with the SPCA of Northern Nevada and have gone through either a cat or dog orientation. Click here to register as a volunteer. If you are already a volunteer, please fill in the foster application and talk to Teresa, our Programs Coordinator.

Foster Application December 2018


Foster Parent Requirements

  • You must register as a new volunteer (if you are a registered volunteer, you will not have to re-register);
  • You will have to attend either or both of our training sessions (green dot (dog) or blue dot (cat)), depending on your foster interests;
  • A room to isolate fostered animals from your own pets (a spare bedroom, office or bathroom);
  • Your pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations;
  • You must have 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;
  • A complete comprehension and understanding of the training materials that will be provided.

Finally, although fostering is a lot of hard work, it is also an incredibly rewarding experience. You get to help puppies and kittens grow from helpless little beings into confident, well adjusted family pets. You will also experience the fun and playfulness without the responsibility of lifetime care. Most importantly, you are saving lives!

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 2.5 – 3 lbs., a necessary weight requirement to have the spay/neuter surgery.


All puppies under the age of 10 weeks will require foster homes, as well. These baby animals are in need of a warm, safe and clean environment during their beginning stages of life until they are old enough to have spay/neuter surgery.

More Information

If interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact:

Teresa at

To find out if becoming a foster parent is something you’d like to take on, we encourage you to watch the videos, below, that a previous foster parent and volunteer has provided. (Thank you Mattie Casey, Cadette Girl Scout!). You will get an up close and personal look at the fostering process from beginning to end. Additionally, the animals featured in the videos received the necessary care and compassion from our extraordinary volunteers willing to share their homes and lives with animals in need. These videos also include interviews with staff and some of our most notable success stories! Enjoy!





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