Foster Parenting


June Foster Spotlight - Tess

Meet our foster of the month Tess! Tess has been fostering with the PSPCA a year ago. Since then, they have utilized their #UnicornStatus to welcome some long-term shelter pets into their home as fosters: including Green Bean, Nyla, Lavender, and Gwen (who is still available for adoption!) Tess is dedicated to her foster animals and loves nothing more than showing off how wonderful everyone is. 

Tess is currently fostering our shelter celebrity Tim! Tim has sadly been a PSPCA regular, coming in and out of the shelter for about a decade, each time due to no fault of his own. Tim developed diabetes, which means he needs special food, glucose testing, and twice-daily insulin injections. This made a lot of people decide not to foster or adopt Tim, but not Tess! She saw Tim for who he is, a goofy, loving, adventurous cat who deserved a chance out of the shelter. Tess wants to assure everyone that managing his diabetes is super easy! 

“Some of my favorite things about Tim: are when he climbs onto your shoulder, chirps, and rubs his head against yours - it's so cute!  And even though Tim's a senior, he's still pretty agile. He goes nuts for this Spiderman wand toy we have and will jump from room to room trying to chase it - whoever adopts him will also be getting this toy because he loves it so much!!”

We have so many wonderful things to say about Tess, but we will let her share in her own words! Here is what Tess had to say about fostering with the PSPCA! 


“It was such a fun way to spend a weekend or so and also give some really amazing pups a much-needed break from the shelter. We've learned from fostering that we have a soft spot for seniors, especially those that need some extra medical attention and TLC. 

All the staff is super helpful and extremely passionate about the happiness and well-being of every animal at the shelter. I also really appreciate the thought that goes into the matchmaking process - so far all animals have really fit our home and lifestyle!”

Tess decided to start fostering because they were really wanting an animal, but they were not quite ready for the long term commitment! She quickly fell in love with taking in all of these different animals and has been a fantastic foster for the PSPCA! 


Join us in thanking Tess for taking care of so many of our lovable shelter pets! 



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. 

The PSPCA can provide supplies including food(dry and wet), crates, toys, litter, litter boxes, and other basic supplies you may need!

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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