People who foster save the lives of many pets. We currently need foster parents for large dogs and kittens, as well as people who are willing to take a dog on a “field-trip” outing or host them for a “sleepover.”

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Foster an Animal
East Bay SPCA foster care volunteers provide temporary care for puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats. Our foster animals are those who may need extra love, attention, training, or time.
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Dog Field Trips
Explore the Marina, hike the Oakland hills, or enjoy a café outing with a dog wearing an "Adopt Me" bandanna—you could be the bridge to helping them find a loving home.
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Dog Sleepovers
Sleepovers offer shelter dogs a break from the shelter environment, promoting mental and physical well-being, while serving as a vital tool for better matching them with potential adopters.
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Become a Foster Parent

To become a foster parent, fill out our Foster Application and Foster Release form. Once your application has been reviewed, you’ll be sent a link to an online foster care orientation.

About Foster Animals

Listed below are the types of animals most frequently looking for foster homes. Select each type to find out more.

  • Puppies and kittens
  • Shy and fearful dogs
  • Big, active dogs
  • Animals needing extra nursing care
  • Cats with adoption challenges
  • Animals Needing Foster Care

    Fostering a pet from East Bay SPCA not only gives them a temporary home filled with love but also creates space in the shelter for more animals in need. When you open your home to foster an animal, you become a vital member of a team dedicated to enriching the human-animal bond and building a secure future for cats and dogs in the East Bay region.

    Contact Us About Fostering

    For more information on fostering, email us at

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