Volunteer Animal Foster Caring

Why does Shepparton Animal Shelter animals need Foster Care?

Some of the animals that enter the Shepparton Animal Shelter require a little bit of extra love and help before they can be adopted into their forever homes.

They may be too young, recovering from an illness or veterinary procedure or need some extra behavioural training.

Our foster care program allows members of the community to assist these special animals by allowing animals to recover in a home environment until they’re ready to be adopted.

Foster Carers are provided with all necessary support, equipment and animal food required to care for the animals in their care.

Who can be a Foster Carer?

Providing love and care to a Shelter animal can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Foster Carers must:

  • Be passionate in supporting the Shepparton Animal Shelter;
  • Have a positive attitude towards caring for animals;
  • Have previous experience in caring for either dogs, cats, puppies or kittens;
  • Have a suitable home environment for the animal eg: fencing, housing, shelter;
  • Obtain all necessary Council permits required to keep the number of animals at your property;
  • Be able to comply with all requirements of a Foster Care Agreement for each animal;
  • Be able to follow all instructions and be able to present the animal and all related records to -Council Officers or nominated Veterinarian as required;
  • Understand and acknowledge that all foster animals remain the property of Greater Shepparton City Council.

To care for animals in Veterinary or Behavioral Foster Care, Foster Carers must be trained or suitably qualified to care for and meet the needs of the animals placed in their care. Qualifications may include Certificate in Animal Care, Veterinary Nursing, Dog Training or equivalent.

Types of Foster Care

Different animals may require different types of Foster Care.

Unweaned Foster Care (up to 5 weeks of age)
Unweaned puppies and kittens without a mother require around the clock specialist care. Foster Carer’s must be available to feed, clean and toilet the puppy or kitten every few hours, day and night.

Juvenile Foster Care (5 - 9 weeks of age)
Weaned puppies and kittens who are too young to be adopted require care until they are 8-9 weeks of age. Foster Carer’s must be able to feed and clean the litter at least three times per day.

Veterinary Care
Animals who are pregnant, have a young litter or require specialist veterinary care benefit from living in a home environment. Veterinary Foster Carer’s may require specialist experience and training in veterinary procedures.

Short Term Relief
Animals who are not coping in the Shelter environment may require short term relief which varies from a few days to a few weeks depending on each animals situation.

Behavior Training
Animals with known behavioral issues or who require further training before adoption may require behavioral training within a home environment.

How to Apply

To apply to become a Foster Carer for the Shepparton Animal Shelter, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form.


Shepparton Animal Shelter

The Shepparton Animal Shelter is owned and operated by the Greater Shepparton City Council. The shelter cares for approximately 2000 companion animals per year including cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and various livestock including sheep, pigs, horses, poultry and cattle.

Animals are cared for at the Shepparton Animal Shelter while Council staff attempt to find their owners. If no owner can be found, animals are assessed for their health and temperament to determine their suitability for adoption.

In some cases, an animal requires some extra attention in a safe home environment and may be suitable for Foster Care.