A young couple holds a brindle and white dog outside of the shelter after adopting

Adopt Today

Saving just one animal won't change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one animal. 

Foster Program

They’re not asking for forever ... just right now! Being a foster parent is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities that we have to offer. You get to cuddle with cute baby kittens and puppies, care for animals during their medical treatment and help find them homes! Don’t fret, we’ll be here every step of the way. We even have resources like this Behavior and Training Guide for foster dogs that will help set you and your furry foster up for success! If you’re interested in becoming a foster, our program coordinator will help you determine which type of foster will be the best fit for you! 


Join our amazing foster team!


Why Foster?



Different Types of Fostering 

Fast Track provides adoptable dogs a unique opportunity to meet potentialFoster t-shirt adopters in the community. Foster parents are tasked with making the animal visible in the community by going on walks, visiting the park and celebrating happy hour in true New Orleans style! 

Kitten Krewe is by far our most popular foster group in New Orleans, especially during kitten season! Because kittens must be at least 2 lbs. before they can be spayed or neutered, we need fosters to care for them until they get big enough. We do try to keep litters together when possible so expect to care for at least one or more kittens. 

Behavior fostering is one of the most rewarding foster opportunities but also the most difficult. Some of our animals require socialization before they can be made available for adoption. These animals benefit from spending time outside of the shelter in a calm home environment. These animals may be scared or shut down in the shelter environment, and need your love and care to show their true selves!

Medical foster helps animals that need extra time to recover from either a prolonged illness or special surgery. These animals can grow stronger and heal faster outside of the shelter environment, which can sometimes be stressful.

Ringworm fostering is a vital part of our operations that allows us to find homes for more animals. You can help us care for animals with this treatable condition and ultimately save their lives! Ringworm is contagious, but by the time these animals make it to your home they are halfway through treatment. Curious about how our amazing ringworm fosters keep themselves and their animals ringworm free? Reach out to foster@la-spca.org for more information.

Can't foster?

Give a gift to the animals in foster care!

Donate to the foster program

Donation Opportunities

While we always appreciate monetary donations, our foster program is also in need of in-kind donations of food, litter and other supplies necessary to care for homeless animals.

Donations for Cats and Kittens

We are always in need of the following items to assist our foster families in caring for kittens:

  • KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer), any size
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • Regular size miracle nipples for bottle feeding
  • Heating pads
  • Hill's Science Diet Wet Kitten Food
  • Hill's Science Diet Dry Kitten Food
  • Empty or full litter containers
  • Used or new small animal carriers
  • Kitten toys
  • Kitten beds
  • Blankets

Donations for Dogs and Puppies

For dogs and puppies, we need a steady supply of the following items to help our foster families care for homeless animals:

  • Easy Walk Dog Harnesses (especially size medium and large)
  • Hill's Science Diet Dry Dog Food
  • Leashes
  • Wire crates size Medium - X-Large
  • Collars in all sizes
  • Toys such as tennis balls, nylabones, rope toys
  • Dog beds
  • Blankets

You can drop off donations of these items at our shelter at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. You can also purchase items through our Amazon Wishlist to ship directly to our shelter.


Did You Know?

Did you know the Louisiana SPCA helped more than 2,000 animals find their forever home in 2019?

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Do You Care?

Help an animal find a forever home by making a $100 donation to sponsor the adoption of a cat or dog.


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