Foster a small pet

We have a range of small pet species ready for fostering at Wood Green.

Why you should foster a small pet

Being put in the temporary care of a fosterer gives the animal the opportunity to receive the love, care and attention they deserve whilst we find them a new, permanent home.

As a fosterer, you have the opportunity to experience different small pet species, breeds and personalities before deciding if you want to commit to full time adoption. 

Plus you'll make new friends with our Wood Green team, and the volunteers that are already enjoying the benefits of fostering small pets.


What we're looking for

We're looking for volunteers who can offer temporary foster homes for small animals such as guinea pigs, gerbils, degus, rats, hamsters, ferrets and rabbits. You'll have sufficient room for an appropriate cage or run, and for some species the space to roam freely in a secure room, away from other pets. Complete the application form, and Wood Green will work with you to understand what species you may be able to foster.


Access to 24/7 support

Some of our fostered small pets may be nervous and unsettled, and you may not have any experience in looking after the species we ask you to foster.

The good news is that our team of small pet behavioural experts are on hand to help to deliver a programme specifically designed to meet their needs in your temporary care. You’ll also benefit from 24/7 access to support from the Wood Green Team.



To join our group of local volunteer dog fosterers, you need to: 

If you already have pets, or young children, placing a foster animal may be more difficult, but we review every application we get in the hope that a suitable pet can be found for your individual situation.