iFoster FAQ

How do I become an iFoster volunteer?

All you have to do to get started is to register online to become an SPCA of Texas iFoster Volunteer. We’ll contact you and set up a time for you to attend your orientation and training.

Will I receive training to become an iFoster volunteer?

Yes! While previous medical and behavioral knowledge and experience with animals is certainly beneficial, it is not required. We’ll walk you through everything at your initial iFoster training so that you are fully prepared to care for a shelter pet in your home. We also offer quarterly training classes for iFoster volunteers.

We require that you attend the SPCA of Texas’ Volunteer and iFoster training before you bring home your first foster, and that you attend at least two quarterly classes each year to keep you informed of all you need to do to continue to make a difference for the animals in your care.

Can I still be an iFoster if I already have pets in my home?

We certainly understand that our animal-loving iFoster volunteers often already have four-legged family members! If you already have pets of your own, all you need to add iFostering to your life is a place in your home where your foster animals can be separated from your pets.

Why, you ask? Because even vaccinated dogs or cats can be susceptible to illness, you’ll want to make sure it’s a place that will be easy to clean and that it will be a place where you and your family can still spend lots of time with your foster pets. Many iFoster families have an extra bedroom or large bathroom dedicated to foster pets.

How will I know which pets need foster care?

Our iFoster Program Coordinator will send a list of pets in need of fostering to iFoster volunteers ready to take in fosters. Each pet that is available for foster care has been assessed by our veterinarians and Animal Behavior Programs Department, and they are chosen to go to foster care based upon medical and behavioral needs.

The reasons that an animal would benefit from foster care can vary from being too small for spay or neuter surgery to needing socialization that can be gained from more handling and attention.

Of course, these animals will make wonderful pets once they’re ready to go up for adoption!

What supplies do I need?

We will supply you with everything you will need to care for your foster pets, from food to medication. All you need to provide is a loving home and some of your time and attention.

If you would like to purchase some of your own items, please take a look at the iFoster Wish List to see what would be the most helpful.