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What is Foster Care?

Foster care volunteers provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. The foster care program serves as a lifeline for those animals who come in under eight-weeks-old, very sick, injured, or needing some extra socialization or training.  Our foster families provide quiet, stress-free, and loving environments, allowing every pet that is fostered through our program a better chance at a happier and healthier life with a forever family.

Some animals may only need a home for several days if they need to gain weight before surgery, while others may need several weeks of care in the case of a broken bone. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as prevent overcrowding in our adoption center. The Maryland SPCA is always looking for foster parents to help save more animals’ lives.

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We help to ensure your success as a foster parent by offering trainings, supplies, and 24-hour support.  Foster animals are carefully matched to foster homes according to the animals’ needs and the foster parents’ abilities. Whether you work full-time or you are usually at home, there may be a foster placement appropriate for you.

Open your home! Apply to be a foster parent:

If you are interested in fostering for the MD SPCA, you can begin the application process by completing our foster care application. The questions asked in the application are to ensure that your foster experience is positive for both you and the animals.

Foster parent application        

If you are not familiar with using online PDFs, please print and fill out this application, or fill out this application, print and scan. After you have filled out your application, please email to [email protected] or fax (410-235-1053) attention to Kaitlyn Thomas. After receiving your application, our staff will contact you to arrange a personal meeting to discuss your foster interests and the MD SPCA’s needs.

If you have questions about the foster care program at the MD SPCA, please contact: [email protected] or 410-235-8826, ext. 147.