The foster program is a lifeline for special-needs pets.

Foster volunteers open their homes to provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs. A quiet, stress-free, loving environment gives every foster pet a better chance at a happy, health life with their forever family.

Benefits of fostering with Maryland SPCA
  • You decide what foster pet you want to care for and for how long.
  • We provide all necessary supplies, including food, toys, treats, and medications.
  • We provide medical and behavioral support, including a 24-hour emergency hotline.
  • You get to experience the unconditional love of a pet without making a life-time commitment.
  • You’ll feel awesome knowing you saved a life.


Foster Spotlight

Fostering has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. Giving pets a second chance is what it’s all about.

Betsy Wightman, Foster Mom

Did You Know?

We help ensure your success as a foster parent by offering trainings, supplies, and 24-hour support.

Ready to open your heart
and home to an animal in need?

Begin the process by completing our foster application. The questions asked
in the application ensure your foster experience is positive for you and our
shelter pets.

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Develop and enhance your relationship with your pet through our training classes.

A complete range of services to meet all your pets’ medical needs.

Spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs.

Caring for the health of every new pet that arrives in our care.

Saving the lives of Maryland animals since 1869.

Explore all the ways to give to the Maryland SPCA.

Your support saves the lives of local cats and dogs.

Give cats and dogs the gift of your time.

Life-saving knowledge and resources for all your pets' needs.

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