Foster Care

Fostering a pet means that you care for a homeless pet in your home while they wait to be adopted. Fostering benefits both pets and people.
Fostering is flexible!
  • Pick your availability
  • Pick your time limits
Fostering benefits you!
  • It is fun and rewarding
  • Useful if you cannot commit to a pet long term
  • Would like to trial pet ownership
  • Helps heal your heart after a loss of a pet

Types of Fostering

Buddy Program

Let us know what type of pet you are looking for and what time frame you are willing to open your home and we will play matchmaker.

Crisis Care Program

Temporary care of a pet whose owner has been admitted to hospital or is temporarily unable to care for their pet.


Emergency care and short-term care of a homeless pet waiting for a foster home. (24-72 hours).

What are the
requirements to foster?

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must provide a valid photo ID with address
  • You must attend vet appointments at a partner vet
  • You must have a driver’s license or have access to a car
  • You must provide information about your home
  • While we become established, we ask that you provide bedding, toys, bowl and food.

Join Our
Foster Heroes

More foster homes means that we can rescue more homeless pets. This lifesaving impact is at the core of our mission, and our low barrier foster process plays a significant role in achieving this success.

Adelaide Pets Alive! foster carers are our VIP's. These amazing people drive the mission, vision and values of the organisation. If you would like to apply to be a superhero to a homeless pet, apply to be an Adelaide Pets Alive! foster carer here.

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