Foster Program

Help Save a Life and Become a Foster Volunteer Today!


What it means to Foster

Fosters play an essential role in the well being of animals that are not yet prepared for the adoption process and would be better in a home environment situation.  The shelter will provide the fosters with all the supplies they will need and you provide the love! Fosters can provide a temporary home for the following types of animals:

  • Kittens, Puppies or Bunnies: Young litters whose immune systems are not yet fully developed or relinquished before they were fully weaned.  Typically these animals stay in foster until they are 8 weeks old and ready to be adopted.
  • Medical Needs Animals: Animals who need extra care outside of the shelter environment such as an animal that had surgery or a medical procedure, an animal going through heartworm treatment or other medical needs where a foster home would be more suitable.
  • Special Needs Animals: Animals that may have a behavior needs such as separation anxiety and fearfulness or other needs such as blindness and deafness may be better suited in a home instead of at our shelter.

How to become a Foster

Follow these steps to become a foster today:

  1. Fill out a Foster Volunteer Application.  You can download a PDF version of it here or stop by one of our shelters to pick one up.
  2. Either email the Foster Application to our Foster Coordinator or drop it off at the location you wish to foster for.
    • To foster for the Key West Campus email the application to or drop the application at 5711 College Rd.
    • To foster for the Marathon Campus email the application to or drop the application at 10550 Aviation Blvd.
  3. Once the Foster Coordinator reviews your application they will contact you directly to discuss your interests, send you the Foster Orientation Manual (or you can download it here) and send you the background check information.
  4. After you have completed the background check and read the manual you will be able to begin fostering!
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Hurricane Fostering

Hurricane season requires a very special foster need for all of our animals.  Because our Marathon Campus is unsafe to house animals during a storm, we place all our animals into foster home whenever a hurricane threatens the Florida Keys.  We also need to evacuate as many animals as possible to make room for those animals coming into our Key West facility.

When fostering an animal for a storm we ask that you keep the animal safe with you until the storm has passed.  Should you decide to evacuate, you must be willing and able to evacuate with the foster animal and return the animal to the Florida Keys SPCA after the storm has passed.

If you are interested in fostering an animal during a hurricane please download the Hurricane Foster Application or stop by one of our campuses to pick one up directly!