​Foster Care 

Foster Carers are essential for 4 Paws Animal Rescue Inc. to continue our work.

Foster Carers provide temporary care and shelter for pets in their own home until a permanent home can be found.

This takes a lot of time and dedication. It is a huge commitment, however knowing that you have helped to save an animal's life makes fostering an incredibly rewarding experience.

We always try to match the right animal to the right carer based on activity level, age, and personality. 


Some people would rather foster an older cat or dog that will be a gentle companion whilst more active families would be better suited to a younger pet.

4 Paws can provide all food, flea and worm products as well as beds, leads and collars and we are responsible for all vet work whilst the pet is in your care.

Whilst being a foster carer is usually a temporary arrangement for an animal, 4 Paws does have a number of cats and dogs that will remain in our care and not be made available for adoption.
These animals are usually elderly, require medical monitoring or have other special needs. If you can commit to being a permanent carer please click here to view the animals in need of a new family.

Join our foster team

If you apply to be a Foster Carer............


A member of our Committee willl assess your application and determine if we have any animals in need that would be a good match for your lifestyle and family circumstances.
This can sometimes take a few weeks.

If we feel that you would be a good match we will then arrange to meet you and do a property inspection.


You must have a fully fenced secure yard to be considered as a dog carer.

If you are renting your property we will need to see written permission from your landlord or property agent that you are able to keep a pet.


If fostering a cat or kitten, in line with Sunshine Coast Council guidelines, all 4 Paws cats are to be kept as 100% indoor cats unless supervised in a secure outdoor run, ensuring that they are contained to your property at all times.


As our vet is located in Kawana, all 4 Paws Foster Carers must live nearby on the Sunshine Coast and we will ask that you have the ability to transport the foster pet to any necessary vet appointments, if not we can often find a volunteer to help you.


We also prefer not to place animals into foster homes with young children as we don't always know how a pet will react.

It is often easier for us to place a pet into a family that doesn't have lots of different pets as we may not always know an animal's history so if you have numerous cats, dogs, pockets pets or birds we may not be able to match a pet.

If chosen as a Carer and you find that that you are struggling with a foster pet, then you agree to let us know. We are committed to obtaining the best outcome for both the foster carer and the foster animal.

We can also arrange other temporary care in an emergency or if you are going on holiday.


As a Carer, we ask that you are willing to meet shortlisted adoption applicants and help us to make a decision about their adoption application and the suitability of the match. However, we would never ask you to try to rehome the foster pet by yourself. Our Committee is here to support you and will assess all applications first.  

When your foster pet finds its new permanent home you can often feel quite emotional and rightfully so, after all you have just given an animal a second chance at life.

Without our wonderful Foster Carers there would be no 4 Paws Animal Rescue Inc.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Carer and feel that you fulfill the above criteria please complete our Foster Application a coordinator will be in touch if we have an animal that we believe would fit into your family.

"It is better to light a candle for one lost dog than to curse the darkness of man's indifference, saving just one dog will not change the world but it surely will change the world for that one dog".
Author: Richard C. Call

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