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

Foster volunteers open their homes to provide temporary care for cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. A quiet, stress-free, loving environment gives every foster pet a better chance at a happy, healthy life with their forever family. We have a list of pets requiring foster homes in order to get ready for adoption.

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 lifetime commitment.
  • You’ll feel awesome knowing you saved a life.

Apply to become a foster parent:

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.


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.

Help pay for health care essentials and adoption services.

Help pets stay in loving homes where they belong.

Give food, toys, another items to support our mission.

Give cats and dogs the gift of your time.

Provide a temporary home for pets who need extra time.

Join us for training classes and community events.

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