Marlborough SPCA: Foxes Island Road, Renwick. Phone: 03 572 9156 Email

Become a foster parent

The Marlborough SPCA Foster Program benefits animals who have a good chance of adoption, but who are either too young, sick, injured, under socialized or emotionally stressed to survive in the shelter environment. Instead, animals are cared for and rehabilitated in a nurturing foster home. Healthy adult animals are also placed in foster care when space is limited in our shelters.

Sometimes fostering animals may only be for a few days or weeks as they may just need to gain weight, a quiet place to recover, kindness, socializing human contact or on medication and require regular attention

Our fosterers are caring people who understand that the foster animals need eventually to come back to the centre. The average length of time needed is 2-4 weeks. The animals are then brought back to the centre after foster goals are met.

Foster Responsibilities

  • To feed, socialise, groom, and train animals in your home.
  • To administer medication, if required.
  • To ensure the safety of all foster animals under the foster parent’s care.
  • To isolate foster pets from household pets (if necessary).
  • To ensure that your own pets have current vaccinations.
  • To observe and report any problems to the Animal Care Officer.
  • To return all foster animals to the Marlborough SPCA as requested.

You will need background knowledge of animal care and the ability to recognise normal and abnormal behaviour.

If you are interested in helping the animals and becoming a Foster Parent Volunteer, please take a few minutes to fill out our online form - click here to fill in the form.

The results of your form will be forwarded to the Animal Care Officer and you should receive a follow-up phone call.  Or you can ring us on 03 572 9156.  All fosterers are expected to attend a formal induction session at the SPCA.  This normally takes about 1-1.5 hours and sessions are held regularly.

Visit Us / Get in touch

The Marlborough SPCA is located 12 kms from Blenheim on the far side of Renwick. The street address is Foxes Island Road, Renwick, 7243. Look for the Forrest Estate Winery signage just before Foxes Island Road.
Our opening hours:
Monday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm and
Sunday - 10am to 2pm
Phone: 03 572 9156
After hours emergency number: 027 201 9016