Foster Care Program


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

Fostering animals is not only a rewarding volunteer opportunities at the SPCA of Northern Nevada, but fostering save lives. By opening your heart and home to kittens, puppies, nursing cats, and animals of varying needs for a few weeks or months, you provide them with the care and shelter they need until they are ready to move onto the next phase in finding a loving home!

What types of animals need fostering and why?

Fostering opportunities include:

  1. Pregnant and nursing homes with babies
  2. Kittens and puppies
  3. Recovery (animals who are healing from surgery or treatment)
  4. Behavior modification (animals who need some more socialization before they find 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:

    1. Become a registered volunteer with the SPCA of Northern Nevada. Click here to register as a volunteer.
    2. Apply to become a foster! Click here for the Foster Application! 
    3. Go through our dog or cat orientation.
    4. A spare room to isolate fostered animals from your own pets
    5. Your pets must be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations
    6. Permission from your landlord to have pets OR own your home
    7. 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 animals thrive! You’ll be a pro before you know it. Not to mention a literal life-saver.

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.

FOSTERING 101: Information Session

Whether you’re interested in jumping right in or just curious to learn more about fostering, join us for FOSTERING 101, an orientation and information session that’s open to the public taking place twice a month at the SPCA adoption center. You’ll have a chance to learn about the ins and outs of fostering and about how you can help save lives from the comfort of your own home!

Visit our Facebook page to learn about our next upcoming Fostering 101 session!

Who do I contact to learn more?

If interested in becoming a foster, please contact:

Tara at

Click on the drop-down box below to search for either Dogs or Cats, then click search.

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