Fosters save lives by providing temporary, loving and safe homes for animals until they are adopted. FAW does not have shelter facilities and fosters allow us time to find permanent homes for animals surrendered into our care.

It also allows the animal to experience a home environment, which makes it easier for them to fit into their forever home and helps us to get a better view of their personality and needs.

If you have some extra space, love to spare and a desire to help animals, we would love to hear from you!
Fosters are unpaid volunteers, but FAW provides food, bedding, toys etc. for your foster during the foster period. FAW will cover any veterinary care which they may need until they are adopted. Ideally, a foster home should be near one of our vets, which are in Durbanville, Bellville, and Fisantekraal/Greenville, or willing to travel to one of these areas if vet treatment is needed. 

We appreciate if fosters can monitor the animal’s health and let us know if there are any changes or issues. Some of the foster animals need basic training e.g. housetraining. We also ask that fosters send us a few photos and a short description of personality of the animal so we can network them to find their permanent home.

You don’t have to be very experienced or have special knowledge of animals, and FAW will provide support and advise as you need it – particularly with introductions to your existing pets. You don’t have to have lots of money or an enormous house either!

Once you’ve gotten in touch with us, our fostering co-ordinator will contact you to discuss any other questions you may have. A basic home check will be conducted and we’ll send you a fostering contract. 

We look forward to hearing from you!




The foster guardian vouches the following:

  • The foster guardian undertakes to care for and make part of the family, this/these animal/s for the entire length of the agreed-upon foster guardianship period.
  • The foster guardian agrees to keep FAW regularly updated about the animal/s.
  • The foster guardian will ensure that the animal/s is/are comfortable and safe, with the necessary, accessible shelter, and that ample fresh water and food are available every day.
  • The animal/s will not be chained, tied up, or confined, nor will it/they be mistreated in any way. The animal will not be surgically altered (e.g. tail docking or ear cropping) in any way, except for sterilisation or other necessary surgery arranged by FAW.
  • The foster guardian will ensure the health of the animal/s, including seeking veterinary treatment if necessary, and vaccinating and sterilising the animal/s (at FAW’s cost).
  • Fostered dogs to wear a collar and identification tag at all times.
  • Should the foster animal go missing FAW is to be notified immediately.The foster guardian undertakes to do everything possible to find the animal and to keep FAW updated in this regard, i.e. contacting nearby vets, animal welfares, registering them as missing with an official organisation, including Petfinders, Cape Town Lost & Found Pets, etc.
  • Should the foster animal pass away or need to be humanely euthenised for any reason, FAW is to be notified immediately.
  • Puppies and kittens will complete their vaccinations and deworming, and be sterilised at approximately 6 months of age (mandatory). This will be covered by FAW, although foster guardian may be required to take the animal/s to the appointment.
  • The animal/s, particularly puppies and kittens, will not be left alone for long periods of time.
  • Under no circumstances will the animal be homed, sold, or given away by the foster guardian.
  • If, for any reason, the foster guardian is unable to keep or care for this animal, or a potential dopter has been found by the foster guardian, they will contact FAW.
  • The foster guardian will ensure that the property is safe for the animal/s. This includes, but is not limited to, secure walls/fences, covered/fenced pools or ponds, and removing health risks.
  • The foster guardian will inform FAW of any change of address or contact details.
  • FAW representatives will be permitted to make follow-up visits to check on the animal/s and to contact the foster guardian to find out about the animal/s wellbeing and progress.
  • FAW does not pay foster guardians to look after animals. (Should the foster guardian require assistance regarding food, and other necessary items such as collar, bed, etc. FAW will provide these on request.)

Fisantekraal Animal Welfare (FAW) warrants the following:

  • All veterinary treatment during the foster stay will be covered by FAW at a veterinary practice of FAW’s choosing in the Durbanville/Bellville area at welfare rates. Should the animal/s require veterinary treatment (e.g. illness, injury), the foster guardian will contact FAW immediately to arrange this.
  • FAW is not responsible for costs arising from injury or damage incurred on fosters, their family, friends, existing pets, or property by FAW animals, either during viewing or during foster guardianship.
  • Puppies and kittens under 6 months of age will be sterilised at 4 – 6 months of age by and at a FAW-approved veterinary practice.
  • FAW vouches that, to the best of our knowledge, the animal/s is/are healthy at time of foster guardian. If there are health issues of which FAW is aware, this has been declared to the potential foster guardian.
  • The wellbeing, happiness, and safety of the animal/s are of paramount importance to FAW, and all regulations are for its/their benefit.


Thank You for Fostering