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RSPCA Victoria Foster Carer

  • Volunteer for a leading animal welfare charity
  • Care and rehabilitation volunteer role for vulnerable RSPCA Victoria animals in your own home
  • Burwood, Pearcedale and Epping locations

About the RSPCA

RSPCA Victoria is a non-government, community-based, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is 'ending cruelty to all animals'. We are Victoria's best-known and most respected animal welfare organisation.

Our organisation's purpose is to work with the community to achieve outstanding animal welfare through education, advocacy, and animal care and protection. RSPCA Victoria's values - clarity and accountability, respect and consideration, and expertise and collaboration - set clear expectations for all our staff and volunteers.

About the role

Foster Carers play an important care and rehabilitation role, providing the more vulnerable animals in the care of the RSPCA Victoria with a comfortable and enriching home environment to recover and grow.

Some animals that come into the care of the RSPCA Victoria are not able to be adopted into their new 'forever' homes straight away. They may be too young, unwell, recovering from surgery, or they may need training to improve their behaviour.

While our shelter staff and volunteers work very hard to provide a comfortable and enriching environment, many of our more vulnerable animals are stressed by the experience of being in a shelter. These animals recover and develop much more successfully when they are fostered in a home environment.  Foster Carers are critical to support our animals to become ready for adoption and have the best chance at finding their forever home.

Role duties & responsibilities

As an RSPCA Victoria Foster Carer you will be responsible for the following:

  • Caring for RSPCA Victoria animals in your home; providing for the day to day care needs.
  • Collect animals from the RSPCA and returning animals to the RSPCA for regular health and behaviour progress checks as required by the Foster Care Team.
  • Adhere to an individual foster care plan for the animal in your care; including any special health or behaviour management instructions as specified by the RSPCA Victoria.
  • Meet the needs of the animal, including daily cleaning, feeding, socialisation and lots of love!

Skills & experience required

To be successful in this role, the volunteer will possess the following necessary skills and attributes:


  • A love of animals.
  • A mature, pragmatic attitude; animals in the care of the foster program may have special needs.
  • Ability to transport animals to and from the RSPCA Victoria for regular health and behaviour progress checks.
  • A good attention to detail and an ability to follow instructions (both written and verbal); Foster Carers will be required to implement an individual foster care plan for animals placed in their care.
  • Abide by and work within the guidelines of the RSPCA Victoria policy and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; Foster Carers will be partnering with the Foster Care Team to deliver individual foster care plans.


  • Previous experience with animals, this may include your own pets. 

Training and Support Requirements

To become an RSPCA Victoria Foster Carer you will be required to attend a compulsory training session including a corresponding assessment.

When you start fostering, you will be provided with food, equipment and anything related to the veterinary care of your foster animal. You will simply need to cover the cost of transporting your foster animal to and from the RSPCA for progress checks.

We understand that some carers will bring more animal care experience than others so we are here to support you in any way needed. We will provide you with training, reference material and our Foster Care Officers will be here to support you.

As an RSPCA Victoria Foster Carer you will be part of the RSPCA family and we will be here to support your foster journey every step of the way.  

How to apply

Click Apply Online to submit your volunteer application. Please make sure you have read the Role Profile by clicking View Position Description in the top right-hand corner. 

You do NOT need to submit a resume or cover letter for this application. However you do need to enter your personal details and answer all the associated questions. 

Job Ref: AW000021
Submitted: 01-05-2018

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