Types of Fostering


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.

Responsibilities: Every day these animals spend in the shelter puts them at greater risk for infection or illness, so please act with urgency and be try to pick up as soon as possible. Fosters are responsible for following all procedures instructed by medical and foster staff, and to bring animals in on time for necessary medical appointments.


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.

Responsibilities: If you choose to be an Adoption Ambassador for an animal, ideally you are able to commit to fostering the animal until adoption.  As an Adoption Ambassador, you are responsible for bringing your foster pet to adoption events (if appropriate), sending us good quality photos, helping us create detailed profiles for their webpage, communicating with potential adopters, and scheduling meet & greets until the right home is found. Adoption Ambassadors must respond to potential adopters within 24 hours of receiving their inquiry form.


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.

Responsibilities:  Fosters are responsible for following the advice and procedures instructed by the animal behavior and foster staff, and to provide regular updates about the animal’s progress.


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.


These animals will typically require a maximum 1-2 week foster home before they leave on a transport with one of our rescue partners. In most cases these animals will be fine to be in a home with other dogs and have minimal restrictions (if any). This is a great opportunity for new fosters to get a taste of fostering without a long term commitment.

Responsibilities: The foster will be given a required drop off date and time. The foster will be given the option of dropping off their foster pet off at the rescue partner’s transport location or at our shelter. Due to space limitation at our shelter we would prefer fosters choose to bring their foster pet to the transport location. Drop offs at rescue partner’s transport location might require early morning drop-offs.