Foster a Puppy

Foster PuppiesThe San Francisco SPCA takes in underage puppies and their moms who need additional time before they’re ready for adoption. For example, puppies may be too young or sick to be spayed-neutered.

Sometimes we send puppies to foster homes to maintain their health and keep up with socialization. We'll contact you when a mother dog and litter or orphaned litters need to be fostered. We’ll provide you with food, medications, and lots of socialization advice.

When the puppies are ready to leave mom, and healthy enough to be adopted, you’ll return them to us and we place them in a loving home. Read our Foster Puppy Manual (969 KB).

What it Takes

We are looking for people who can commit two to three weeks to fostering. They need to monitor the health and well-being of the puppies and be able to bring them in within 30 minutes if necessary. The puppies must be kept confined in a safe space, completely separate from other pets.  Foster parents need to follow our directions on what to feed and how to medicate. We will provide all food and necessary medications and 24 hour support.

Foster parents help save the lives of animals who are fragile and at high risk of euthanasia at other shelters. If you’re an animal lover interested in providing love, nourishment and heaps of TLC to puppies, sign up for a foster class at In addition, please check out our information for foster parents.


Read more about Foster Parent roles and responsibilities.