Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch


Fosterer volunteer with cat © Jim Poyner photography

The re-homing centres in our area urgently need help.  The volunteer role of a fosterer is a crucial one and can make a huge difference to the rehabilitation of an animal and their chances of finding a forever home.

The RSPCA try to rehome our animals as quickly as possible, but if they are involved in a prosecution case we could have them in our care for long periods.

Some animals need one-to-one care or perhaps don’t cope well in an animal centre environment and this is where our team of fantastic fosterers come in…

What does the role involve?

There are three types of fostering role at the RSPCA:

  1. Fosterers for animals ready to be rehomed.
  2. Fosterers for case animals whilst the legal proceedings take place.
  3. Fosterers for the RSPCA PetRetreat* scheme that helps families who are suffering from domestic abuse.

All fosterers are responsible for the welfare of the animal in their care and are a crucial part in the rehabilitation of the animal.

If you are interested in becoming  an animal fosterer, please contact your nearby RSPCA Animal Centre.