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​Foster Care 

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

Can you foster a cat or dog and provide temporary care and shelter until a permanent home can be found?


4 Paws Animal Rescue will be responsible for all vet work whilst the pet is in your care. We'd prefer carers to provide food, flea and worm products however we are able to assist if this isn't possible. We can also provide beds, leads and collars if required.

Fostering 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.

If you are feel that you would like to foster a dog or cat we ask for a few minimum requirements:

 -You must have a fully fenced secure yard especially if you foster a dog.

- If you foster a cat or kitten, then in line with the Sunshine Coast Council guidelines, all 4 Paws Animal Rescue 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.

- 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 even though it is a temporary arrangement.


- As our vet is located in Kawana, all 4 Paws Animal Rescue foster carers must live nearby on the Sunshine Coast. It would be very helpful if you have the ability to transport the foster pet to any necessary vet appointments, if not, we may be able to find another volunteer to help you.


- We 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 or birds we may not be able to match a pet.


- As a foster 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.  


- If chosen as a Carer and you find 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.


-If you have any upcoming holidays planned please let us know in advance so that we can arrange other temporary housing.


After reading the above and if you feel that you fulfill the above criteria please complete our Foster Application.


Once received, a member of our Committee will 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 so please be patient.

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

Whilst being a foster carer is usually a temporary arrangement for an animal, 4 Paws Animal Rescue does have a number of cats and dogs that will remain in our care and who not be made available for adoption. These animals are usually elderly, require medical monitoring or have other special needs.  


Maybe you feel that you can commit to being a permanent carer instead? Please click here to read more and view the animals in need of a new family.

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