Foster Care | Animal Welfare League NSW
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  • Legacy Foster Care

Becoming a foster carer saves lives. Foster care involves bringing a shelter animal into your own home while they await permanent adoption.

Foster care with Animal Welfare League NSW is a truly rewarding experience and with so many kittens and foster dogs out there – foster care really is one of the best things you can do to help.

By providing an animal in need with care, you will be rewarded in turn with love and appreciation. Foster carers are needed for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Ask yourself. Do you:

  • Have an interest in animal behaviour?
  • Have room in your home for a foster animal?
  • Have the time to provide training and hands-on attention?
  • Have your own vehicle?
  • Live within a 35 km radius of Kemps Creek?
  • Have regular access to email?

Foster dogs at our Sydney shelter are looking for a second chance at happiness.

If you live in regional NSW and would like to be a foster carer please contact your local Animal Welfare League NSW branch.

Find a Branch

You could make a genuine difference to help prepare shelter dogs for forever homes, by providing them with the skills and behaviour they need for life. We also need foster carers for dogs that require recuperation and rest after surgery.

Animal Welfare League NSW endorses positive reinforcement based training only. Foster Carers will be fully supported by our behaviour team, with regular feedback to track our foster dog’s progress.

We encourage you to apply and join our team today!

Kittens up for adoption need someone like you to love them before finding their forever homes.

The animals we put into foster are the ones that aren’t ready to adopted, either because they are too young and need lots of care, have behaviour issues or just need a break from the shelter.

It is important to note that you cannot choose your foster kittens/cat, these are delegated on an as-needed basis, based on your foster care situation/capability.

Becoming a foster carer is a big commitment and not one that should not be taken lightly but, should you do it, it is an extremely rewarding experience. Foster carers need a separate non-carpeted room they can easily disinfect. The room also needs to be kitten proofed (eg: electrical cords are removed). In most cases, foster animals need to be kept separate from your pet/s. Carers need to be able to provide bedding, toys and litter as a minimum.

We match foster carers and shelter kittens based on what best suits your lifestyle. Below are indicative requirements for different age groups/types of kittens, please note which would best suit you when contacting us:

Bottle Babies (under 5 weeks of age)

Need constant care so ideal if you work at home or are retired. Time commitment starts at once every 2 hours for very young kittens. You can read our bottle baby guide HERE to see if you can commit to kittens this young.

Orphans (5 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of cuddles and play. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 2-6 weeks in care.

Scaredy Kitties (4 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of patience as you help them build their confidence. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 2-6 weeks in care.

Mums & Bubs

Need quiet space to rest and feed but lots of interaction, cuddles and play. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 4-8 weeks in care.

You will be provided with a Kitten Foster Care Manual that gives you thorough guidance on how to care for your kittens, along with support from our Foster Care Coordinator.

We encourage you to apply and join our team today!

What is Legacy Foster Care?

Whilst many people have friends or family to take care of their beloved pets once they’re gone, there are many people who do not have this option available to them. Animal Welfare League NSW is proud to be able to offer our legacy program to care for animals of people who have passed away, animals who have no one else to turn to. We understand how important it is for animals to be placed in a caring home environment, as a shelter is not the right place for them to grow old in.

Once an animal comes into our care, we search for a perfect permanent foster home for the animal to be placed in. Some animals may have additional needs and require specific families to care for them, but many are just looking for a warm bed and a loving home.

Who can be a carer?

Ideally, AWL NSW prefers carers to live within a 40-kilometre radius of our Kemps Creek Shelter, as food and supplies need to be collected from our shelter, and it is home to our veterinary clinic. However, if we believe you’re the purrfect carer a further distance will be considered.

As all animals have different needs, a wide variety of legacy carers are needed. Whether you’re single, a family, young, old, active, or a bit of a couch potato we will be able match you with a legacy companion.

As a legacy carer, you are welcome to specify your preferences as it is important that both humans and animals are happy in their home.

What is the process?

We currently have several cats patiently waiting for a carer to open their doors and let them in. If you are interested in becoming a legacy carer;

  1. Contact AWL NSW via phone or email.
  2. Speak to our foster care coordinator and fill out an application form.
  3. Our foster care coordinator will visit your home to ensure it is the right fit for a legacy companion.
  4. If your home is suitable, our foster care coordinator will then take you through the next steps of getting the animal to your home.

What support does AWL NSW provide?

As each legacy animal is considered to be under the care of AWL NSW for the remainder of its life, the organisation will cover all of the animal’s costs – food, litter, medication and veterinary treatment.

What are the benefits of being a carer?

You get a pet just like you would if you bought or adopted one, but without the cost. You help give an animal that has gone through the trauma of losing their family a new loving home for the rest of their life.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Legacy animals cannot be given away under any circumstance. AWL NSW has been entrusted with overseeing the care of these animals for the rest of their lives it is of utmost importance that we know where they are living and who is caring for them. If for any reason you are unable to care for the animal, it must be returned to the care of AWL NSW.

Like to find out more?

To inquire and/or apply, please contact helpingpets@awlnsw.com.au

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Becoming a foster carer saves lives. Foster care involves bringing a shelter animal into your own home while they await permanent adoption.

Foster care with Animal Welfare League NSW is a truly rewarding experience and with so many kittens and foster dogs out there – foster care really is one of the best things you can do to help.

By providing an animal in need with care, you will be rewarded in turn with love and appreciation. Foster carers are needed for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Ask yourself. Do you:

  • Have an interest in animal behaviour?
  • Have room in your home for a foster animal?
  • Have the time to provide training and hands-on attention?
  • Have your own vehicle?
  • Live within a 35 km radius of Kemps Creek?
  • Have regular access to email?

Foster dogs at our Sydney shelter are looking for a second chance at happiness.

If you live in regional NSW and would like to be a foster carer please contact your local Animal Welfare League NSW branch.

Find a Branch

You could make a genuine difference to help prepare shelter dogs for forever homes, by providing them with the skills and behaviour they need for life. We also need foster carers for dogs that require recuperation and rest after surgery.

Animal Welfare League NSW endorses positive reinforcement based training only. Foster Carers will be fully supported by our behaviour team, with regular feedback to track our foster dog’s progress.

We encourage you to apply and join our team today!

Kittens up for adoption need someone like you to love them before finding their forever homes.

The animals we put into foster are the ones that aren’t ready to adopted, either because they are too young and need lots of care, have behaviour issues or just need a break from the shelter.

It is important to note that you cannot choose your foster kittens/cat, these are delegated on an as-needed basis, based on your foster care situation/capability.

Becoming a foster carer is a big commitment and not one that should not be taken lightly but, should you do it, it is an extremely rewarding experience. Foster carers need a separate non-carpeted room they can easily disinfect. The room also needs to be kitten proofed (eg: electrical cords are removed). In most cases, foster animals need to be kept separate from your pet/s. Carers need to be able to provide bedding, toys and litter as a minimum.

We match foster carers and shelter kittens based on what best suits your lifestyle. Below are indicative requirements for different age groups/types of kittens, please note which would best suit you when contacting us:

Bottle Babies (under 5 weeks of age)

Need constant care so ideal if you work at home or are retired. Time commitment starts at once every 2 hours for very young kittens. You can read our bottle baby guide HERE to see if you can commit to kittens this young.

Orphans (5 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of cuddles and play. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 2-6 weeks in care.

Scaredy Kitties (4 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of patience as you help them build their confidence. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 2-6 weeks in care.

Mums & Bubs

Need quiet space to rest and feed but lots of interaction, cuddles and play. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 4-8 weeks in care.

You will be provided with a Kitten Foster Care Manual that gives you thorough guidance on how to care for your kittens, along with support from our Foster Care Coordinator.

We encourage you to apply and join our team today!

What is Legacy Foster Care?

Whilst many people have friends or family to take care of their beloved pets once they’re gone, there are many people who do not have this option available to them. Animal Welfare League NSW is proud to be able to offer our legacy program to care for animals of people who have passed away, animals who have no one else to turn to. We understand how important it is for animals to be placed in a caring home environment, as a shelter is not the right place for them to grow old in.

Once an animal comes into our care, we search for a perfect permanent foster home for the animal to be placed in. Some animals may have additional needs and require specific families to care for them, but many are just looking for a warm bed and a loving home.

Who can be a carer?

Ideally, AWL NSW prefers carers to live within a 40-kilometre radius of our Kemps Creek Shelter, as food and supplies need to be collected from our shelter, and it is home to our veterinary clinic. However, if we believe you’re the purrfect carer a further distance will be considered.

As all animals have different needs, a wide variety of legacy carers are needed. Whether you’re single, a family, young, old, active, or a bit of a couch potato we will be able match you with a legacy companion.

As a legacy carer, you are welcome to specify your preferences as it is important that both humans and animals are happy in their home.

What is the process?

We currently have several cats patiently waiting for a carer to open their doors and let them in. If you are interested in becoming a legacy carer;

  1. Contact AWL NSW via phone or email.
  2. Speak to our foster care coordinator and fill out an application form.
  3. Our foster care coordinator will visit your home to ensure it is the right fit for a legacy companion.
  4. If your home is suitable, our foster care coordinator will then take you through the next steps of getting the animal to your home.

What support does AWL NSW provide?

As each legacy animal is considered to be under the care of AWL NSW for the remainder of its life, the organisation will cover all of the animal’s costs – food, litter, medication and veterinary treatment.

What are the benefits of being a carer?

You get a pet just like you would if you bought or adopted one, but without the cost. You help give an animal that has gone through the trauma of losing their family a new loving home for the rest of their life.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Legacy animals cannot be given away under any circumstance. AWL NSW has been entrusted with overseeing the care of these animals for the rest of their lives it is of utmost importance that we know where they are living and who is caring for them. If for any reason you are unable to care for the animal, it must be returned to the care of AWL NSW.

Like to find out more?

To inquire and/or apply, please contact helpingpets@awlnsw.com.au

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