Foster Families

Why become a foster family?

  • To play an active volunteer role in fulfilling our mission: to save more animals every year.
  • To provide animals with a safe and comfortable environment where they can be socialized and live normally according to their needs until they find a permanent home.
  • To free up space in the shelter for animals with special profiles (animals that are older, have health or behavioural problems, etc.)

What are the requirements?

  • Be available to care for the animal every day as if it were your own.
  • Agree to foster the animal for a minimum of three months.
  • All dogs and cats already in your home must be vaccinated and spayed or neutered.
  • Have a room available where the animal can be isolated during the first few days.
  • Be easy to reach and willing to come to the shelter on occasion.
  • Be willing and able to occasionally receive customers and employees at your home to meet the animal.

Additional requirements for families fostering a litter of kittens:

  • Have previous experience fostering a kitten
  • Be at home often
  • Be comfortable administering care and medication (administering fluids, deworming, tracking weight, etc.)

What types of animals need foster families?

  • Our foster family program was initially designed for cats (adult cats, cats that are old, sick or timid, litters of kittens with or without a mother, etc.)
  • Occasionally, exotic animals like rabbits may be placed in a foster home.
  • Our program has not yet been adapted for dogs.
  • You cannot choose the animal placed with you. Animals placed with foster families are selected according to their needs and our priorities.

How can we become a foster family?

  • Read the document describing how responsibilities are shared by SARS and foster families. Note that we provide litter and food for as long as the placement lasts.
  • Fill out the online registration form.
  • Following a review of your file, an employee will contact you if we have an animal that suits your profile and the environment that you can provide.
  • You will then have to come to the shelter to fill out the security verification form (required under an agreement between SARS and its partner municipalities).
  • Once these verifications have been completed, the results are sent to SARS. This last approval step is required before you can be officially recognized as a foster family.

It goes without saying that you are free to adopt the animal placed with you!

Thank you for your support!