Volunteer as pet foster carer

Rehoming fostering

We are building a network of volunteers throughout England and Wales to help us rehome more needy cats. This is an excellent role that the whole family can get involved in to help cats in need, and fosterers get all the benefits of cat companionship without the long term commitment or cost.

Roles include:

  • Foster carers - looking after cats in your own homes and helping them to find a new home
  • Foster scheme coordinators - providing administrative support to carers in their area, helping them to place their pets in new homes
  • Administrator – helping your local scheme coordinator and foster carers with important admin support
  • Social media support – helping us to rehome cats more quickly by helping out with our social media pages
  • Driver – taking cats to vets and transferring them between schemes

Not all opportunities are available everywhere, and age restrictions vary depending on local health and safety concerns. To find out whether fostering opportunities are available near you, please see our current volunteering opportunities page.

Fostering pets isn’t for everyone. If you’d prefer to adopt one of our pets, have a look at the pets currently waiting for new homes.

View all rehoming fostering roles


Short term pet foster carer

Blue Cross is looking for committed people who can offer short term care to needy pets in their own homes.

Would you like a pet but are not in a position to give long term commitment?

Do you have a spare room you could offer a needy cat or time to devote to cheering up an unhappy dog?

What you will be doing:

  • Caring for Blue Cross pets in your own home until they can be rehomed
  • Pets might be recuperating from operations, too young to rehome or cannot cope with centre life
  • You may also offer to foster pregnant females or mums and litters
  • You will be providing all the care they need – feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming
  • Keep accurate records

What we are looking for:

  • Experience of handling and caring for pets
  • You need to live within 45 minutes of the centre and have use of suitable transport
  • A spare room if fostering cats, a garden is beneficial if fostering dogs
  • Preferably no other pets
  • Willingness to learn and follow Blue Cross procedures
  • Competent, flexible and self motivated

Benefits to you:

  • You’ll be helping pets to have happy, healthy lives
  • Enjoy all the joys of pet ownership without long term commitment and cost
  • Gain practical skills, experience and a training programme
  • Develop skills and enhance your CV
  • Join a great team of like-minded people
  • Arrangements will be made for holidays
  • All equipment provided and costs covered

View short term pet foster carer roles

— Page last updated 21/09/2016