If you have ever wanted to foster animals, the Ontario SPCA in Pembroke is giving you the opportunity to do so.

Carol May-McQuillan, Director of Volunteer Development with the SPCA, says because spring has sprung, many dogs and cats are expecting litters. They are looking for families to work with pregnant dogs and cats, and care for them and the litter once they’re born. May-McQuillian says fosters families will take care of the mom and the litter right up until the family is ready to be given away. SPCA has a variety of animals who need fostering, and they are seeking some people with experience, like veterinarians and vet techs. But they are also able to work with first-timers who want to learn how to foster. May-McQuillian urges veterinary students to apply, saying it is a wonderful learning opportunity.

Speaking from her own personal experience, May-McQuillian has called fostering very rewarding. When she first started at the SPCA, one of her colleagues gave her a grey kitten with a broken leg and she fostered her back to health while volunteers walked her through the process. But while she says SPCA shelters are amazing, there’s only so much they can do. If they didn’t have the 140 foster families across the province, they would be in a different situation otherwise. Having the community and volunteers to give the animals some love is phenomenal not just for the animals but for the families.

For those concerned about the cost of fostering an animal, May-McQuillian says the SPCA provides everything. Anything that needs to be done to care for the animal from food to medication will be provided free of charge. If something happens health-related, she points to their SmartVet system, which provides online veterinary consultation at night. Their volunteers will also help you during the day.

To begin the application process, click here.