SPCA of Texas is seeking Foster Heroes who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to an animal in need.

By becoming a Foster Hero, you will be providing one animal with a comfortable, loving home while allowing another animal to take the foster’s place at the shelter. 

The SPCA of Texas has foster opportunities to suit any lifestyle! We will supply everything you need, as long as you bring the LOVE!


The more animals fostered, the more lives saved!


The SPCA of Texas completes rigorous medical and behavioral testing on every animal in our care. The organization fully discloses all known medical and/or behavioral conditions, including any incidents of biting or violent behavior toward a human, to all adopters and fosters. Despite the rigorous testing our veterinary and behavioral professionals conduct throughout every animal’s stay in our facilities, other new and/or unknown medical and/or behavioral conditions may manifest in any animal at any time. By adopting or fostering an animal from the SPCA of Texas, adopters and fosters acknowledge at the time of adoption or fostering that they may receive an animal with an undetected medical and/or behavioral condition and/or that a new medical and/or behavioral condition may appear at any time in the future. Any pet adopted from the SPCA of Texas can be returned to us at any time for any reason at no cost.





 The three different foster types we offer are:


Adoption Ambassador

Open your heart and home to adoptable animals, and help them find forever homes!

  • Send us great photos and bios for their online profiles.
  • Promote animals online, around town, and at SPCA of Texas adoption events.
  • Communicate with potential adopters and help select the perfect match.
  • Average foster time: 2-3 weeks

Benefits of Adoption Ambassador Program:

  • Foster parent knows more about dog than shelter ever could.
  • Adopters feel more comfortable about adoption.
  • Better match leads to fewer returns!
  • Opens up more space in the shelter to rescue more animals.
  • Rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Trust Building & Socialization Foster

Provide a safe, loving environment for animals with difficult pasts, and help them gain trust in people again.

Typically brought in by Animal Cruelty Investigations (ACI) unit.

Types of cases:

  • Hoarded/neglected animals
  • Cruelty Cases
  • Fearful or shy animals
  • Animals in need of obedience work

Benefits of Trust Building & Socialization Fostering:

  • Offers a second chance to an animal whose behavior and mental states are deteriorating in the shelter.
  • Provides valuable insight into what the animal is really like outside of a stressful environment.
  • Allows the animal to learn what love, trust, and manners are, and experience what life should be like.
  • Helps get an otherwise unavailable animal adoption-ready.

Healing & Comfort Foster

Provide animals the loving care and attention needed in a home, rather than a kennel.

Types of cases:

  • Mother and litter.
  • Kittens/puppies that need to grow/gain weight.
  • Orphaned babies that need bottle-feeding (aka Bottle Babies).
  • Animals needing rest to recover from sickness or surgery.
  • Fospice care for elderly or terminal animals.

Benefits of Healing & Comfort Fostering:

  • Allows animal to be in a comforting environment during an uncomfortable time.
  • Ensures animal receives adequate attention and care while recovering.
  • Provides valuable insight into animal’s personality outside of shelter.
  • Rewarding for foster parents.





Have questions about the Foster Program? Contact Foster@spca.org 



Love Puppies & Kittens?

Cuddle puppies and kittens, dote on dogs and cats, provide post-operative care for canines and felines and teach four-legged foster friends what snuggling is all about.

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SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

Pet Owner