• Foster Care
  • Foster Dogs
  • Foster Cats
  • Legacy Foster Care

Foster caring involves temporarily bringing an animal into your own home to prepare them for permanent adoption.

For all animals in our foster care program, we provide food, litter, flea and parasite prevention and all vet bills are paid by us (with prior approval).

Foster caring with AWL NSW is a truly rewarding experience and with so many kittens and dogs out there – becoming a foster carer really is one of the best things you can do to help.

By providing an animal in need with care, you will be rewarded with love and appreciation. Foster carers are needed for dogs (particularly medium and large 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 70-minute drive of one of our branches or our Sydney (Kemps Creek) shelter?

 

Foster dogs for our Sydney shelter or an AWL NSW regional branch.

Foster caring involves temporarily bringing dogs or puppies into your home and providing them with the skills and behaviour they need for life. We provide food, flea, tick and worming treatment and we pay for the medical needs (with prior approval) of any animal in foster care with AWL NSW.

You could make a genuine difference to help prepare dogs and puppies for their forever homes by becoming a foster carer.

Dog and puppy foster carers with our Sydney (Kemps Creek) shelter will be fully supported by our highly experienced dog behaviour team, vet clinic and a dedicated Foster Care Officer. Foster carers with an AWL NSW branch will be fully supported by at least 1 dedicated volunteer branch representative who will be available to assist all enquiries and guide you through the entire foster process.

Our foster carers are a vital part of what makes AWL NSW so successful in rehoming around 2,000 animals every year. Apply now to help our dogs and puppies.

 

Many of our kittens and some cats rely on foster carers to look after them before finding their forever homes.

The animals we put into foster care are the ones that aren’t yet ready to be adopted. They are generally either small kittens that are too young to go up for adoption, timid kittens that require extra socialisation or a mum cat with her babies.
Becoming a foster carer is an extremely rewarding experience and it comes with the great feeling of helping vulnerable cats and kittens.

For all animals in foster care, we provide food, flea, tick and worming treatment and we pay for the medical needs (with prior approval).

Foster carers need a separate, non-carpeted room that can easily be disinfected. In most cases, foster animals need to be kept separate from your own pet(s).
Carers need to be able to provide a litter tray, toys, food and water bowls at minimum.
We match foster carers with cats or kittens based on what best suits your lifestyle. The types of cats and kittens that may require foster care and their needs are outlined below.

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 (including throughout the night) for very young kittens. You can read our bottle baby guide HERE to see if you can commit to kittens this young. They will generally be in care for 5-10 weeks.

Orphans (5 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of cuddles and play. They will usually be in care for around 2-6 weeks.

Scaredy Kitties (4 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of patience as you help them build their confidence. Time commitment of 2+ hours per day and they will generally be in care for up to 8 weeks or less.

Mums & Bubs

Need a quiet space to rest and feed but lots of interaction, cuddles and play from when the kittens reach about 1 week old. They will usually be in care for up to 10 weeks, depending on how old the kittens are initially.
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 experienced team.
We encourage you to apply and join our cat and kitten foster 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 fostercare@awlnsw.com.au

To start your foster care application, please select your location below:

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Foster caring involves temporarily bringing an animal into your own home to prepare them for permanent adoption.

For all animals in our foster care program, we provide food, litter, flea and parasite prevention and all vet bills are paid by us (with prior approval).

Foster caring with AWL NSW is a truly rewarding experience and with so many kittens and dogs out there – becoming a foster carer really is one of the best things you can do to help.

By providing an animal in need with care, you will be rewarded with love and appreciation. Foster carers are needed for dogs (particularly medium and large 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 70-minute drive of one of our branches or our Sydney (Kemps Creek) shelter?

 

Foster dogs for our Sydney shelter or an AWL NSW regional branch.

Foster caring involves temporarily bringing dogs or puppies into your home and providing them with the skills and behaviour they need for life. We provide food, flea, tick and worming treatment and we pay for the medical needs (with prior approval) of any animal in foster care with AWL NSW.

You could make a genuine difference to help prepare dogs and puppies for their forever homes by becoming a foster carer.

Dog and puppy foster carers with our Sydney (Kemps Creek) shelter will be fully supported by our highly experienced dog behaviour team, vet clinic and a dedicated Foster Care Officer. Foster carers with an AWL NSW branch will be fully supported by at least 1 dedicated volunteer branch representative who will be available to assist all enquiries and guide you through the entire foster process.

Our foster carers are a vital part of what makes AWL NSW so successful in rehoming around 2,000 animals every year. Apply now to help our dogs and puppies.

 

Many of our kittens and some cats rely on foster carers to look after them before finding their forever homes.

The animals we put into foster care are the ones that aren’t yet ready to be adopted. They are generally either small kittens that are too young to go up for adoption, timid kittens that require extra socialisation or a mum cat with her babies.
Becoming a foster carer is an extremely rewarding experience and it comes with the great feeling of helping vulnerable cats and kittens.

For all animals in foster care, we provide food, flea, tick and worming treatment and we pay for the medical needs (with prior approval).

Foster carers need a separate, non-carpeted room that can easily be disinfected. In most cases, foster animals need to be kept separate from your own pet(s).
Carers need to be able to provide a litter tray, toys, food and water bowls at minimum.
We match foster carers with cats or kittens based on what best suits your lifestyle. The types of cats and kittens that may require foster care and their needs are outlined below.

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 (including throughout the night) for very young kittens. You can read our bottle baby guide HERE to see if you can commit to kittens this young. They will generally be in care for 5-10 weeks.

Orphans (5 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of cuddles and play. They will usually be in care for around 2-6 weeks.

Scaredy Kitties (4 – 12 weeks of age)

Need lots of patience as you help them build their confidence. Time commitment of 2+ hours per day and they will generally be in care for up to 8 weeks or less.

Mums & Bubs

Need a quiet space to rest and feed but lots of interaction, cuddles and play from when the kittens reach about 1 week old. They will usually be in care for up to 10 weeks, depending on how old the kittens are initially.
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 experienced team.
We encourage you to apply and join our cat and kitten foster 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 fostercare@awlnsw.com.au

To start your foster care application, please select your location below:

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