Foster care information sessions

Read about RSPCA South Australia’s Foster Care Program on this page, and then register to attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

  • Thursday, 6th of October, 10am-12pm
  • Sunday 9th of October, 10am-12pm

Sessions are held at RSPCA South Australia’s Lonsdale Shelter: 25 Meyer Road Lonsdale.

Spaces are limited and eligibility criteria apply (please see below). To book your place please CLICK HERE

If you have have pets of your own, please bring copies of their desexing and vaccination certificated to the session.

For more information on these sessions, please email:


RSPCA South Australia’s foster care program helps the most vulnerable animals, including:

  • Orphaned kittens and puppies
  • Mums with young litters
  • Pregnant animals
  • Animals recovering from surgery

As a foster carer, you have 24/7 support from our team, and will be provided with:

  • Food
  • Litter
  • Veterinary and behavioural support
  • Leads, crates, cages and other equipment
Why do we need your help now?

From November to March every year RSPCA experiences a huge influx of kittens. These warmer months – known as ‘kitten season’ place a huge strain on our resources.During kitten season we need extra carers to look after kittens until they are big enough to find forever homes.

Who is eligible to become a foster carer?

Any caring person over 18 years of age who can provide:

  • Dedication and commitment to care
  • Time to spend with the foster animal/s
  • A secure environment
  • Home and contents insurance
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Permission from a landlord if renting
  • Transport to and from the shelter

Dog and puppy carers can have up to two desexed, vaccinated and well-socialised pet dogs of their own.

Cat and kitten carers can have up to two desexed, vaccinated and well-socialised pet cats of their own.

Most animals can also be safely fostered in a home with children, although we recommend that our foster dogs go into households with children over the age of 10.

Hear from one of our foster carers

“When I became a foster carer I was immediately welcomed. I joined a community of like-minded people, doing their part for vulnerable animals. In this community there is always someone there to answer any question, and at the beginning I was asking a lot! But before I knew it I was the one answering questions.

Now, two years and many litters later, I find it hard to put into words what fostering has done for me. It has given me purpose. It has given me something to fight for. Helping these animals fight for life and then grow into beautiful family pets is such a blessing.

What I didn’t expect was that it would bring out a special kindness in my children. They have been with me every step of the way and speak about our foster care work with such pride. So if you have a huge heart and love helping animals, please consider becoming an RSPCA foster carer.”

– Amanda, foster carer since February 2015, fostered 24 kittens.