Volunteering

To help as many animals as we can, there are sometimes tasks where we look to others for help, and volunteers have long been at the core of the Saskatoon SPCA.  Please stay tuned on this page for the new and exciting opportunities of how you can get involved.

 

Foster Care

The Saskatoon SPCA often sees animals arrive through our doors that require a little extra help before they can move on to their forever homes.  Animals in the foster care program may be underage, ill, injured, or struggling with a variety of behavioural issues.  Temporary foster homes allow these animals to thrive and grow into incredible adoption candidates.  We foster out animals for a variety of different reasons, but our greatest needs are as follows:

1. Nursing Moms & Kittens 
We often get litters of underage animals, most often kittens, who need to be placed in foster care until they are about nine weeks old, or until they reach their goal weight.  When animals are this young, their immune systems aren't strong enough to fight off viruses and infection, so we always try to move them out of the shelter, where unfortunately we do see sick animals on a daily basis.  When kittens come in with a nursing mother, we will always place her in foster care with her babies, as this is their greatest chance of survival.  Kittens are typically placed in foster care until they are approximately nine weeks old. 

2. Dogs with Behavioural Issues 
Dogs can arrive at the shelter with a wide range of potential behaviour issues that we will try to correct before placing the animal up for adoption.  Issues related to food aggression, for example, would be something that we would aim to correct prior to adoption.  It’s also fairly common for dogs to arrive at the shelter in a highly nervous or anxious state.  These animals typically come from a difficult past where they may not have been receiving enough food, attention, training, or could have been subject to abuse.  Often times, these dogs just need to learn how to live in a house where they are being fed on a regular basis and learn a few basic commands before they can be placed up for adoption.  We only use positive reinforcement training with dogs at the shelter, and we insist that any foster parent avoids negative reinforcement or punishment techniques when working with a Saskatoon SPCA dog.  

You can help us change lives by becoming a foster parent.  If you think you might be able to help, please consider filling out our application below:   

http://www.jotformpro.com/form/50065162892960 

Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.  

How long will my foster animal need to be in foster care?
- It depends on the unique needs of the animal.  Any underage puppy or kitten being moved into foster care will need to stay until they are approximately 9 weeks old.  Animals that are dealing with anxiety or food aggression are a little bit harder to predict.  We will always discuss anticipated length of stay before an animal is placed in foster care. 
"What do I need to provide for my foster animal?"
First and foremost, a safe and loving place to call home.  An ideal foster home is one that sets boundaries and rules with the animal and works on very basic commands -in the case of dogs-.  
The Saskatoon SPCA will provide a crate for the animal, all food, litter, toys, and other items as needed.  We cover all medical expenses as well. 
. Please note: If you run out of food or any other items, please call us and we will arrange to have more ready for you to pick up at your convenience.   
 
"How often do I need to bring the animal back for checkups?"
It is crucial for our animals to stay on track with their vaccinations and deworming, so you may need to bring your foster animal back to the shelter as often as every 2 weeks.  
"How often do I need to foster?"
As often as you are able and willing to.  We do not expect you to have a foster animal in your home at all times .everyone needs a break sometimes!..  If you can help out a couple of times a year .or more., that is an incredible help to us.  
"What happens if I decide I want to adopt my foster animal?"
We understand how quickly foster parents can bond with their animals.  We are more than happy to discuss a potential adoption if you think they might be the right animal for you! 
Do you have a question about fostering that wasn’t answered here? 
Contact volunteers@saskatoonspca.com if you have any questions or concerns!  

Frequently Asked Questions: 

"How long will my foster animal need to be in foster care?"
It depends on the unique needs of the animal.  Any underage puppy or kitten being moved into foster care will need to stay until they are approximately 9 weeks old.  Animals that are dealing with anxiety or food aggression are a little bit harder to predict.  We will always discuss anticipated length of stay before an animal is placed in foster care. 


"What do I need to provide for my foster animal?"
First and foremost, a safe and loving place to call home.  An ideal foster home is one that sets boundaries and rules with the animal and works on very basic commands -in the case of dogs-.  The Saskatoon SPCA will provide a crate for the animal, all food, litter, toys, and other items as needed.  We cover all medical expenses as well. 
Please note: If you run out of food or any other items, please call us and we will arrange to have more ready for you to pick up at your convenience.   

 "How often do I need to bring the animal back for checkups?"

It is crucial for our animals to stay on track with their vaccinations and deworming, so you may need to bring your foster animal back to the shelter as often as every 2 weeks.  

"How often do I need to foster?"
As often as you are able and willing to.  We do not expect you to have a foster animal in your home at all times; everyone needs a break sometimes!  If you can help out a couple of times a year-or more- that is an incredible help to us.  

"What happens if I decide I want to adopt my foster animal?"
We understand how quickly foster parents can bond with their animals.  We are more than happy to discuss a potential adoption if you think they might be the right animal for you

Do you have a question about fostering that wasn’t answered here? 
Contact volunteers@saskatoonspca.com if you have any questions or concerns!  

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