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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!

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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!

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