Becoming a Dog Foster Carer

An essential part of our role in rescuing and rehoming dogs, is giving them the time and space they need to heal. For some dogs, a home setting and a foster carer is necessary in order to place them on the road to recovery.

To get them ready for their forever home the short term love and care of a foster person or family can be vital.

  • The age of the puppy: if under 8 week of age it is too young to be in a shelter environment or available for adoption.
  • An older animal may have special need that are better delivered in a home like environment
  • Health; the animal may need some extra TLC in recovering from a surgery, specialised post veterinary care, putting on or losing weight
  • Temperament; dogs may need socialisation or training before they are ready for adoption. This can manifest itself in many ways including timidness, over or under confidence; or behavioural traits that need to be addressed

We have a great need for dog foster carers who do not have any children or animals at home – sometimes a quiet space free from distractions is exactly what our shelter dogs need. Please let us know if this sounds like you!


Without our ever growing network of foster carers we couldn’t achieve what we do each year. Fostering brings so much joy to all involved and most importantly it gives a homeless dog a second chance at life with a loving family.

If you are interested in fostering caring with Animal Aid or would like to know more call us on (03)9739 0300 or email kennels@animalaid.org.au and our team will be in touch.

Register to Become a Foster Carer Today

Please note that throughout different seasons of the year we may not have allot of fostering available so please be patient and we will be in touch as soon as an animal that suits your situation is needing some help.