Foster care

About The Program

Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience for all involved, and most importantly it allows us to continue to find homes for animals that may be in need of a little extra care. It can be a challenging role but one that will give you the sense of fulfilment in knowing that you have helped an animal by giving them a new start to a better life. Fostering also is a fantastic way for you to enjoy a cat or dog’s company if you are not in a position to make a lifetime commitment right now.

SCAR will cover the costs of the animal’s veterinary needs and supply any items that may be required to look after your new temporary house guest. All we ask is that you care for our animals like they are your own while they are with you and show them what living in a loving home is like while they wait for their own.

We have a foster care coordinator who will match your capabilities with the foster animal’s needs. We are always looking for new carers to participate in our gratifying program so if you have any further questions, please check out the FAQ's below, submit your application form and discuss with our Foster Care Coordinator or contact us.


If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, you will need to meet the
following criteria:

  1. Submit a fully completed foster carer application form.
  2. Hold a valid driver’s licence or have access to reliable and safe transportation.
  3. Carers must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  4. Provide an environment that is safe and secure within your home (indoors only for cats and indoor/outdoor for dogs). You must have the ability to isolate the foster animal(s) from family pets when required.
  5. Ensure all owned pets have up-to-date vaccinations and are desexed.

Application Process

Due to an overwhelming response of new foster carers applying we are going to temporarily close the applications and filter through the applicants we have received. Once this first lot of carers are inducted into our foster system we will open applications again to the public to start training the next lot of willing foster carers and go from there. Thanks so much to everyone that sent in an application!


How long will I need to look after animal if I foster?

Each animal requires a different length of stay in foster care depending on why the animal has been placed into care in the first place. Very commonly an animal requires rehabilitation before being adopted, or the animal may be too young or not healthy enough for a required procedure. The length of stay also varies depending on how long that animal takes to find the right family. If at any stage you can no longer look after the animal you are fostering or are going away we will always take that animal back into our care.

Can I adopt the animal I am fostering?

Our foster carers are normally given the first option to adopt the animal they are fostering once it is ready for adoption unless that animal has been pre-adopted before going into care.

What happens if a foster animal becomes sick in my care?

If your foster animal requires veterinary care, you are required to contact a SCAR representative as soon as possible and depending on the problem, take the animal to our nominated veterinary clinic.

Do I pay for food for my foster animals?

S.C.A.R is lucky enough to be sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition which means that all of our animal’s food is donated by this amazing company and our foster carers are supplied with the food needed to care for their temporary foster animals.

What does foster care involve?

We regularly have animals that are in need of some extra attention and care before they are suitable for adoption. Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience for all involved, and most importantly it allows us to continue to find homes for animals that may be in need of a little extra care. The foster family is responsible for the daily care of the animal.