Foster care

Become a foster carer

Foster carers provide a temporary, loving home for pets who are recovering from surgery, undergoing behaviour training, too young for adoption or need some extra TLC outside of the busy shelter environment.

Becoming a foster carer is such a rewarding experience. Not only do you provide shelter pets with a temporary home to grow, rehabilitate and recover – you’re also given a sense of fulfilment knowing you have played a special part in their journey to adoption and a forever home.

Pets of all breeds and ages require foster care. For more information about how our Foster Care Program works, please read our Foster Care FAQ.

Foster applications are open!

We’re looking for more wonderful carers to join our foster network. At this time of year, we’re especially in need of carers who can provide a temporary home to kittens and cats. Applications to foster dogs are also welcome.

Apply for our North Melbourne Foster Care Program (must live within 50km of North Melbourne).

Apply for our Cranbourne Foster Care Program (must live within 30km of Cranbourne).

The Adoption Ambassador Program 

In a first for Australian animal shelters, The Lost Dogs’ Home Adoption Ambassador Program will give animals a better chance at finding a forever home by allowing people to adopt directly from our specially trained foster carers, negating the need for animals to return to the shelter environment.

The Adoption Ambassador Program will extend our shelter’s capacities while providing animals in care the best chance of finding their forever homes.

This program is made possible with the generous support of the Petspiration Foundation.