Become a Foster - Expression of Interest

Thank you for your interest, please complete the form below. Unfortunately we are unable to take any foster carer applications for small breed adult dogs in the Gold Coast region at this moment in time, please check back regularly for any updates to this. Also, our Cairns shelter is currently closed and will not be taking applications until we re-open around July-September.

If you are experiencing problems with submitting your application please remove any symbols used in your answers and try again.

Personal Details
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Please include your first name and surname
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Don't forget to enter your suburb and post code
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This helps us find you on our database if you have had previous interactions with RSPCA Qld

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Unfortunately we are unable to take any foster carer applications for the Noosa region and any puppies or small breed adult dogs in the Gold Coast region at this moment in time, please check back regularly for any updates to this.

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It's required that you are fully committed to the program & willing to accept responsibility for the animal's care & wellbeing

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Your Animal Family Details
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Your People Family Details
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Foster Animal Preferences
Initially, what types of animals do you think you would like to foster?








Please select as many as you like. If you are interested in fostering native wildlife and birds at the Wacol Animal Care Campus, please email; wildlife@rspcaqld.org.au

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As an RSPCA Qld Foster Carer, do you understand that...
A foster animal is your responsibility while in your care; you are accountable for its health and welfare and for compliance with council animal regulations?

It's important that carer's are aware they have a duty of care to their foster animals

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You do not own the animal. The animal is owned/in the guardianship of RSPCA Qld, do you accept this?

We value our foster carer's opinions however, the final say on the animal's care & management resides with RSPCA Qld

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The primary carer for the foster animal must be 18 years or over?

The primary carer must be 18 years or over

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Your foster animal is expected to be part of your household; an integral part of your family, having time inside the home to interact with their foster family?

Whilst Cats & Kittens must be indoors all the time, Dogs and Puppies are required to spend at least a few hours in the home to integrate with family life

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To foster cats and kittens, the animals must be kept indoors at all times e.g. screened doors and windows, large designated cat enclosure?

Foster felines MUST be kept indoors at all times

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To foster dogs and puppies, your yard, or at least a large area on your property, must be fully fenced (min. 4ft high) and escape proof?

It is a requirement to have a fully fenced yard which is escape proof

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Your own pets must be well-mannered, sociable and likely to accept a new animal into their home environment?
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If you have a pool, it must be adequately fenced to prevent access by your foster animal(s)?
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If renting, you must have the permission of the home owner to accommodate animals and you may be required to show written confirmation from the owner or real estate agent?
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You must have reliable transport between your home and the shelter?

This is required for animal and equipment pick-ups/drop-offs, veterinary appointments/emergencies and "meet and greets" with potential adoption families

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You must live within an hour's drive of your RSPCA shelter or adoption centre?

It is important to be close to your RSPCA Shelter for any emergency veterinary care

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Foster carers must attend scheduled appointments with veterinary and foster care staff?
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When fostering adult dogs, you must bring your own dog(s) and children to the shelter for a 'meet and greet'?

This is important to ensure the foster dog is going to be compatible with your family

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You must administer and record any required health treatments for the animal(s) e.g. worming and flea treatments?
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No veterinary treatments, unauthorised by RSPCA Qld, will be reimbursed to the foster carer?
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Despite the RSPCA's best efforts to supply all food and equipment, there may be some expenses you'll have to incur when donations can't cover all requirements?
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When fostering kittens and puppies, foster carers have to own/purchase kitchen scales so that accurate weights can be calculated for medicating?

Weighing young animals regularly is often one of the best indications of health & problems can be detected early by monitoring their weight gain or loss

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You must provide your foster animals with suitable shade and shelter and clean fresh water; kitty litter trays must be regularly cleaned and faeces from the yard must be cleared regularly?
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Your yard and indoor animal areas must be clean and free of any hazardous objects?
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You must provide regular exercise and stimulation for your foster animal(s)?
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You must only use positive training methods (the RSPCA does not endorse the use of negative training techniques e.g. smacking, hitting, yelling, choke chains, anti-bark or electric collars)?

RSPCA does not endorse the use of negative training techniques. All carer's must abide by the RSPCA's training methodologies & policies

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You and your family must be able to cope with returning an animal that has been in your care from anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Are you prepared for the emotional consequences?

It can be a difficult part of the fostering process for our carers to hand back foster animals so it is important that you & your family understand & accept the emotional impact of this

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You and your family must be able to cope with the possibility that your foster animal, despite your best efforts, may need to be euthanised because of unresolvable health or behavioural issues. Are you prepared for the emotional consequences?

In the unlikely event, it is recommended to be prepared and understand the impacts this might have

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You understand that the RSPCA will conduct a search of our Sheltermate database program for previous dealings you have had with the organisation e.g. history of animal surrenders, fostering, investigations?
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You must adhere to your local council's animal regulations regarding the number of dogs and cats that are permitted?
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You understand that the RSPCA may liaise with your local council to ensure that your property is not associated with any animal-related complaints or investigations?
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You agree to allow an RSPCA volunteer to conduct a standard property inspection to confirm the suitability of your home?
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You may be required to participate in additional training sessions before caring for special needs animals?
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If fostering a black tag animal, you understand that there are restrictions on distributing information and photographs about your animal, especially on social networking sites e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?
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