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What animals need foster caring?

We need carers for sick or pregnant animals, orphaned puppies and kittens, scaredy cats, dogs that need help with their behaviour and also animals who just need a break from the shelter environment.

How long will the foster animal stay with you?

The duration of foster care is different for every animal, it depends on whether they have had a litter, are sick, and if they are physically/mentally ready to return to the shelter. We will be able to match you with an animal that suits your lifestyle by the information we receive from your application.

What’s needed of you as a foster carer?

As a foster carer you are expected to provide a warm and safe environment for the animal and to treat them like one of your own. By giving a foster animal a nice warm bed to sleep on and making sure they have a full tummy, you are also helping us keep our limited donated resources like food and bedding, for the animals remaining in the shelter. We supply any medical care they need at the shelter and are here to support you at all times.

Foster carers are required to undergo an interview to determine their suitability for a foster animal. Training workshops and complete support from the shelter will be available to all foster carers.

To receive an application to become a foster carer, please email

Returning the animal

After you return the animal to the shelter it will go back up for adoption, by fostering the animal you also supply us with valuable information about how the animal was in your home which helps their chances of being adopted sooner. If you or someone you know fall in love with the foster animal whilst in your care, you are 100% eligible to apply to adopt the animal and make it’s temporary home, a forever one.

Vet/Behavioural Checks

Whilst in care, your foster animal will need to return to the shelter for vet-work, health, and behaviour checks every few weeks. All our animals will be flea, wormed, vaccinated and microchipped at the GAWS vet clinic.

The shelter vet is open

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 3pm

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Why become a foster carer?

Being a foster carer for GAWS is a fun and rewarding experience. Some of the animals that come into our care need a little extra help before going up for adoption and finding their forever homes.

By fostering an animal you help take the enormous pressure off the shelter by freeing up pens for the unpredictable influxes of animals we get on a weekly basis, while also helping a furry friend in need.