Become a Fospice Parent

Fospice—End-of-Life Hospice Care

FospiceFospice supports shelter animals diagnosed with a life-limiting, non-contagious illness. While these animals are not suffering, their medical condition and poor prognosis prevents the San Francisco SPCA from seeking adoptive homes. Many other shelters would euthanize them.

Are you willing to open your heart to an animal that might only have a few months to live, but we’re not ready to give up on? These animals may need fluids, daily monitoring and that little extra TLC that one can only give in a home environment. To learn more, email Read our Fospice Manual (1MB PDF).

What it Takes

We need people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to shelter animals with a life-limiting terminal illness. Fospice parents offer homeless animals the opportunity to live out their lives in a loving home.  They need to be able to get the animal to us within 30 minutes, if necessary.  And they need to be comfortable working with us to determine the animal’s quality of life and when the time has come to say goodbye.  We provide food, medications and 24-hour support. This is the chance to give a shelter animal the greatest gift of all—a loving home at the end of its life.

If you’re an animal lover interested in providing love, nourishment and heaps of TLC to animals at their end of life, email with questions. You can download your foster care volunteer paperwork here:

Read more about Foster Parent roles and responsibilities.

I do fospice because I love cats, especially old cats.  I want to love them and care for them and make their final days comfortable and peaceful.  I want to help.  The SF-SPCA is making it easy by providing food and medical care.  I provide the day-to-day care.  And I think, most importantly to me, the burden of having to make that final decision to end a life will not rest solely on my shoulders but will be shared with the veterinarians at the SPCA. 

I know that when my fospice cat dies, there will be sorrow.  But my fospice cat has made my life richer.  I am willing to face the sadness of his death because there is the daily joy of his life.  I am grateful for the fospice program. -Martha Wellington