Last updated: 25 Oct, 2023
Published on: 31 Mar, 2016
Finding short or long-term foster care for my pet
If you’re about to go into hospital or a care facility for treatment, or have experienced an unfortunate temporary change in circumstances, there are a few options that will help you and your pet through this difficult time.
Ask family members and friends first
The best temporary home for your pet is with people who already know and like your pet. Friends and family may be willing to offer your pet a temporary foster home while you get back on your feet, so ask around your immediate circle first.
Contact the people you got your pet from
Get in touch with the rescue group, breeder or person you originally got your pet from. Responsible breeders will either assist you in finding a temporary foster home, or may even care for the pet themselves.
Generally, the type of fostering that rescue groups undertake is fostering of homeless pets at immediate risk of being killed in pounds and shelters. So, they may not have the resources to offer foster care for your pet, but it’s still worth contacting them to see if they can assist in any way.
Contact crisis support groups
Here are some links to organisations that may be able to assist or provide further advice:
Contact local rescue groups
Our Rescue Directory contains a list of all rescue group members and you can sort by state to narrow your search, should you wish to contact them to see if they can help.
Find local pet boarding or pet sitters
Another option may be to search online for local pet boarding accommodation, or a private pet sitter. There is a growing list of online resources for pet sitters, often at reasonable cost and with the option of caring for your pet in their home or your own home.