Fostering a pet

The animals at Wood Green are given the best care and attention – but many feel much happier in a loving home. Fostering is a great way to give pets some extra love and respite while they’re waiting for their forever home.

Why foster a pet?

Helen, a ‘moggy midwife’ has been fostering cats for six years, supporting them through pregnancy and beyond. “For our children to see a kitten grow from a tiny helpless new-born into a mischievous kitten, is so exciting,” she says. “It teaches them to respect, love, and care for animals”. In addition, this means the kittens are well socialised and ready for their forever home too. “It’s very rewarding to know you have done something hands-on to help the animals”, adds Helen.

Our fosterers make a huge difference to the lives of pets in our care, and Wood Green is always delighted to hear about people’s positive fostering experiences. Get in touch if you have a story you’d like to share.

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Fostering: frequently asked questions

  • What pets need fostering and why?

    We’re always looking for foster placements for our dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. The reasons these pets need fostering are usually stress related, though we sometimes also foster pets for medical reasons. We also look for midwife foster carers for pregnant cats and dogs.

  • What do I need to do as a foster carer?

    • Care for your foster pet’s needs while they are with you
    • Send us photos, videos and updates on how your foster pet is doing, so you can help us to find them a new home.

  • What are the requirements?

    Although every type of pet needs slightly different things, they’re all looking for someone with space in their home and their heart to make a difference to their lives.

  • What do I get from fostering?

    • You’ll be helping pets in need to find new homes
    • We provide all the food, equipment and veterinary costs
    • You’ll have a pet in your life without the full time commitment
    • You’ll gain practical skills and experience
    • We’ll provide you with any training you might need
    • You’ll get regular one to one support

  • How do I become a foster carer?

    If all this sounds good, fill out the form above and we’ll be in touch.

    If you have any more questions email us at volunteering@woodgreen.org.uk or call us on 0300 303 9333.