Do you want to help animals but don’t have time to volunteer in a shelter? Our Foster Care Program 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 foster carers opening their home to our welfare animals, providing them with the shelter and care until their furever home is found. We have recently become completely foster based so the amount of carers we have determines how many animals we are able to take in.

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. This may be anywhere from 3months to 12months. Equipment for indoor housing and food is provided to you, and medical issues will be attended to as necessary by Dr Chris, our Little PAWS veterinarian.

foster-buddyBenefits to animals
By being a foster carer you are saving that animals life, every animal deserves a good home and a chance to live a happy life. By being a 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.

Benefits 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
img_8373Prior to deciding if being a foster carer for us is right for you, please read our Foster Carer FAQ which outlines what being a foster carer involves, what is expected of you as a carer, and what support we provide. If you then feel becoming a foster carer is right for you please submit a query via our contact us form or email us at

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