Foster Parenting



Thank you so much for your interest in fostering with the PSPCA! Please read on to learn a little more about our foster program. A foster parent is someone who provides temporary housing and care for an animal sheltered with the Pennsylvania SPCA. Our Foster Care program is designed to provide a caring home where animals can receive more individualized attention. Animals who are in need of foster care may be recovering from illness, on hold due to a court case, requiring socialization, or aren’t old enough to be placed in a forever home, such as puppies and kittens.

Benefits of being a foster parent are: 

∘ Experience the joy of caring for a pet without having to make a lifetime commitment.

∘ Save the life not only of the animal being fostered, but free up space at the shelter for another animal in need.

∘ Have the rewarding experience of helping an animal on their journey to finding a forever home.

∘ Learn more about animals by fostering different types of animals, with different behavioral and medical needs.

∘ Have the support of foster, behavior, and medical staff for the duration of your foster animal’s stay. 

If you are interested in fostering an animal from one of our locations, please fill out the Foster Parent Application at the link below (please note it takes around 48 hours for applications to be processed. We appreciate your patience). You must be at least 18 years of age to become an approved foster parent. If you have questions about getting involved, contact the foster team at

Philadelphia-area Foster Parent Application

Lancaster-area Foster Parent Application

Danville - area Foster Parent Application

Can't foster, but want to help? Visit our wishlist here.





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