Do you want to help animals but don’t have time to volunteer in a shelter? Emergency fostering might be right for you.

There’s no question that foster programs are important to the success of shelters and rescue groups. At Little PAWS Rescue we rely on emergency foster carers to care for animals who are currently on the waiting list to come in, in some cases these animals have a euthanasia date should we be unable to take them in.

foster-buddyEmergency foster parents provide temporary care for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs in their own homes within Perth, Western Australia, for an agreed upon period of time that suits the carer (between 4-6 months ). Equipment for indoor housing and food is provided to you, and medical issues will be attended to as necessary by Little PAWS Rescue and the Unusual Pet Vets.

It is important to know that as an emergency foster carer you are taking in an animal that’s on the waiting list, until such a time that Little PAWS Rescue have the vacancy to take the animal in. You will be notified as your foster animal progresses on the list towards being ready to come in.


Benefits to animals
By being an emergency foster carer you are saving that animals life, every animal deserves a good home and a chance to live a happy life. By being an emergency foster carer, you are providing exactly that.

Fostering helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home. Many animals that we take in have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserve. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-on-one care, allows them to build up their confidence, and prepares the animal for adoption into a permanent home.

img_8373Benefits to people
Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, nothing beats the feeling of saving a life and knowing you’ve made a difference when your foster animal is successfully rehomed. You play a key part in the rehoming process. Fostering an animal can also be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your family. It also provides an alternative to people who are unable to take in an animal long term.

Becoming a foster parent
If you wish to become one of our fosterers please submit a query via our contact us form or email us at

Foster parents must be able to collect the animal from our shelter, be available for scheduled check-ups, and remain in regular contact with the shelter providing updates on the animals’ health and well-being.