Types of Fostering

HEALING & COMFORT (H&C)

These animals NEED to get out of the shelter because being here poses a risk to their health or recovery. They need a comfy home to relax in and recuperate or grow. We can train you on everything you need to know if it’s your first time taking on one of these cases or just need a refresher. Length of foster varies with each case, but typically ranges from 1 to 4 weeks.

ADOPTION AMBASSADOR (AA)

Foster or borrow an adoption-ready animal and promote him/her online and throughout the community! We have adoption events weekly that you can bring your foster pets to. Any dog that has been available for adoption for a week or more is eligible to be part of this program. Cats will be requested on a case by case basis. Visit spca.org/findapet to browse all available animals, but please view our request to see which animals are most in need. We ask that Adoption Ambassadors commit to fostering for a minimum of 3 weeks to help find their foster pet’s forever home. A short term option is Borrow-a-Buddy which allows you to foster a dog for up to three nights.

TRUST BUILDING & SOCIALIZATION (TBS)

These animals need patient, loving Foster Heroes who are willing to work with them on trust building and socialization. Most of them were rescued by our Animal Cruelty Investigations (ACI) unit from hoarding cases- others were seized or surrendered due to other forms of cruelty or neglect. They tend to be fearful or shy and need a home environment so they can learn what being a pet is all about! This will truly help in the search for their perfect forever family. Fosters for these animals should be able to commit a minimum of 8 weeks to help rehabilitate and re-home them, however it often be sooner.

FOSPICE

These animals have been deemed to have a good quality of life, but are un-adoptable due to illness and life expectancy. Fospice fosters take these animals into their homes to provide them with a happy home for the rest of their lives, however long that may be. The SPCA of Texas provides all medical care, however fospice parents are asked to provide food and other supplies UNLESS the animal is on a prescription diet.