Foster a small pet

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

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

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

Mice eating a snack

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 Woodgreen will work with you to understand what species you may be able to foster.

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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 Woodgreen Team.

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

If you already have pets, 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.

Apply to foster a small pet

Your application will take around ten minutes to complete. You’ll need the details of two references to submit your request successfully.