Foster Parenting

Throughout the year, cats at SPCA Auckland need temporary homes to recover from illness or injury before they can be adopted.  You can help save the life of an animal by becoming an SPCA Foster parent.

Many of the cats that come into the SPCA Auckland Animal Village need additional care and treatment before finding their new forever home. Our volunteer ‘foster parents’ provide a temporary home for these cats and help them recover from surgery, give them medicine for an illness, or work with them to improve their behaviour. 

We need foster parents to provide temporary homes for cats year-round, but our greatest need is during the busy summer months.

Why foster a cat?

  • If you can only open your home on a temporary basis, fostering an animal is a great way to rescue an animal in need
  • Every animal that you foster is given a second chance at life – and the more you foster, the more lives you can help save
  • All SPCA foster parents receive training at our workshops and ongoing support from our foster department
  • We supply all food, bedding, litter trays and everything else to help the animals have a comfortable stay in your home
  • Our on-site hospital perform health checks and provide medicine as required 

What you need to help

  • Time – on average an animal will be staying with you between 3 – 6 weeks
  • Spare room – a safe and secure space for the cat. This could be a spare room, bathroom or laundry. 
  • Care – most cats will require medication throughout their stay (training on how to medicate a cat is provided)
  • Transport – you will need your own transport to bring foster animals to and from the SPCA Auckland Animal Village – some cats might need more than one visit
  • Available for vet appointments – you will need to be able to bring the foster animal to vet appointments on weekdays at the following times: 8.00am, 8.10am, 10.20am, 10.30am, 3.15pm, 3.30pm, 3.45pm or 4.00pm
  • Attend a 90 minute foster information session at the Animal Village in Mangere
  • Your love and patience

What does fostering involve?

Every animal has different needs, but a typical foster experience might include: 

  • Filling out our application form and a quick follow-up phone interview with our foster team
  • Attending a 90-minute information and training workshop at the SPCA Auckland Animal Village 
  • Pick up a cat and required supplies. We’ll give you food, bedding, a litter tray and any medicine it needs – some cats may also need a follow-up vet appointment
  • Give the cat your love, care and patience
  • Return the cat back to SPCA Auckland Animal Village when it has recovered

Please help by applying today

If you can help give an animal a second chance at life, please apply now!

Apply to foster today

Alternatively, please contact our friendly Fostering Team to find out more - just call 09 256 2525 or email us at


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