Foster Program Overview
Two weeks can mean a lifetime!
Roanoke Valley SPCA has made a commitment to saving as many as possible.
Pregnant dogs and cats deserve a chance to give birth to their babies in warmth and comfort. Infant and orphaned puppies and kittens deserve a chance to grow and thrive so that they may become valued members of a family.
Injured animals, needing time to recouperate before they can go on to their "forever" homes, should be allowed to heal in the comfort of a home.
Often the RVSPCA takes in animals in need of extra care and attention, such as orphaned animals, newborn litters of puppies or kittens, and animals recovering from illnesses or injuries. Volunteers who have filled out an application and have been approved as foster care givers provide the extra TLC these animals require until they are ready for adoption. This volunteer activity requires extra time and commitment, but is very rewarding!
The Roanoke Valley SPCA is able to give more loving animals the second chance they deserve because of a growing Foster Care Program. In calendar year 2012, more than 1,000 animals received the TLC they needed because of caring individuals who opened their homes and hearts for just a short time.
What is expected of a foster family?
Foster families are caring people who open their homes and hearts to a homeless animal for a short time. Foster periods vary depending on the age and needs of the animal(s), and can be anywhere from 2-8 weeks. Some foster parents are able to accept just cats and kittens; some prefer dogs and puppies. Some are able to accommodate full litters; some prefer to care for just one or two at a time. The need for foster homes is so great and any help you could provide is important to the animals needing that chance to survive.
The RVSPCA will provide you with food, bedding, litter, crates...all the supplies you will need to care for the pet(s). Our veterinary staff is available to answer any questions or concerns you might have about the health of your temporary guest. Any necessary medical care for your foster pet is provided.
You promise to provide all the TLC the animals need. Socialization with adults, children and other pets is important and adds to the adoptability of the pet(s) after they return to the shelter.
If you have expertise in basic dog training, it is helpful if you can begin with such basic obedience skills as sit and down, as well as beginning the house-training process.
Ready to sign up?
We require each potential foster care provider to complete a short application form to determine what kind of animals he or she is best prepared to care for. Print and complete the form and send to the RVSPCA, 1340 Baldwin Avenue, Roanoke VA 24012. Or fax to 540.339-9530.
For more information, contact our Foster Coordinator by email, or call 540.339.9505.
Foster families are lifesavers!
Many of our foster families volunteer time and time again to give the infant and orphaned animals the chance at life that they deserve. Click here to see a video prepared by one of our foster families. These pictures say it all!
Does Cleo look worn out? This 35 pound dog gave birth to 9 puppies! Because of a caring foster parent, Cleo gave birth in the comfort of a home. She and her pups thrived from the TLC they received in their temporary home.
Cleo and her pups have all been adopted!