Benefits of fostering

Costs covered

We will cover the cost of feed, vet care, and any specialist support (such as behaviour training) an animal needs while they are in your care.

All we ask is that you provide a comfortable home that meets their needs and are willing and able to bring them to the Animal Centre in Martlesham for regular health and wellbeing checks.

Rewarding experience

We recognise that every animal is an individual. As a fosterer, you will be adept at responding to their needs and helping them grow in confidence.

It is incredibly rewarding to see your foster animal relax in the home and start to show their true personality. Getting to know their unique character will help us to match them with their perfect forever family.

Expert support

Our experienced Animal Centre team is on hand to support you throughout your fostering journey.

All animals are assessed in our care for at least 10 days before being placed in a foster home, so we’ll share their care and development plan with you, and provide any training required, as well as providing regular check-ins to check you are both doing well.

Become a fosterer



Apply to become a fosterer by emailing and we’ll send you some more information and an application form.



If we think you could be suitable as a fostering volunteer, we’ll arrange a home visit to check that your environment meets our requirements.



If your home is suitable, our Animal Centre team will call you to tell you more and arrange a visit to our Animal Centre for training.



We’ll match you with your foster animal and help you welcome them into your home. Bear in mind that it may take some time before the perfect match is available.



You’ll have regular check-ins at the Animal Centre and by phone to make sure you and your foster animal are doing well.



When the time comes for your foster animal to move on to their forever home, you’ll get prepared to say goodbye, and hopefully prepare yourself for the next new arrival.