Become a foster family

An enriching, joy-filled experience!

Foster families play an essential role at the SPCA de l’Outaouais. By caring for animals in need of special treatment and extra attention, you allow our team to focus on other boarders in need. It also frees up cages at the shelter so we can take in more furballs!

Every year, our precious foster families help us find homes for hundreds more cats, dogs and small animals.

Want to get in on the adventure?

What does it take to become a foster family?

  • Massive love for this little being who counts on you ❤️
  • To be available at least once a week to pick up or return the pet, or for a medical follow-up appointment (we cover all medical costs for our foster animals). We are open during the day only, and vets only work during the week, so this will be during regular working hours.
  • To be prepared to welcome the animal for 2 to 3 weeks, or even longer in some cases.
  • A small room where you can isolate the animal while he adapts to his new environment. This is especially important if he’s ill and you have other pets at home!
  • To be able to buy canned food when needed. Royal Canin food is available at the shelter at a special “foster family” rate!
  • To be able to buy the right litter substrate for the cat.
  • To be 18 years of age or older.

What do we promise you in return?

  • The infinite gratitude of the whole team and of the furballs you will help!
  • The pride of having helped save an animal’s life.
  • You’ll probably shed a few tears when you see your little boarder off to his new home for life… A sweet mixture of joy and sadness!
  • The ongoing support of our dedicated staff and highly competent healthcare team.
  • If necessary, training in force-feeding techniques and drug administration.
  • Dry food galore for our little boarders!
  • The loan of any accessories you need: litter tray, bowls, toys, transport cage, etc.

At the SPCA de l’Outaouais, we treat our foster families with the utmost care! From start to finish, we’re available to answer any questions you may have.

We also have an exclusive Facebook group for foster families where you can get advice from other animal lovers!

What matters most to us is finding loving families who are ready to make a long-term commitment. You’ll become more comfortable with your experiences, and our long-standing host families are rare gems that we treasure!

Ready to give it a try? Fill in the form below

Become a foster family

A word from our foster families

“Each resident is unique, and each one has touched me in its own way. To see a fearful animal who often doesn’t feel very well come out of its shell and show me all the facets of its personality is a privilege. It’s not always easy, but it’s always satisfying!”

– Anne

“I recently became a foster family and it fills me with joy. Providing them with a calm environment in which to rest and regain their health, giving them care and above all lots of love, respecting their rhythm and gaining their trust, seeing them relax and become affectionate and playful; it’s priceless!”

– Annie

“Seeing our residents grow, discover, explore, trust us, let themselves be loved, or even see them gain in health, is the most beautiful feeling of accomplishment that can exist. We get very attached! I’m happy to contribute to their well-being and to help relieve the overcrowding at the shelter. It’s an extraordinary experience that I’d definitely recommend!

– Justine

“It’s hard to believe that these little furry creatures can bring us so much happiness and satisfaction! So far, we’ve taken in around thirty cats. It’s not always easy to let them go, but the pride we feel is unrivalled. Thank you to the SPCA employees, who are extremely attentive and answer all our questions!”

– Sophie

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