Fostering a pet

Wood Green’s animals are given the best possible care – but many feel happier in a loving home where they can get some extra love and respite. We place dogs, cats and small pets in foster homes locally to our centres in Godmanchester and Heydon, as well as our charity shop in Peterborough. At this time, we aren’t able to arrange fostering care outside of these areas.  

If you’re interested in giving a temporary home to a dog, please bear in mind that we’re looking for people experienced with a range of breeds and behaviours, and who live in a home where no young children will be present. And importantly, your living arrangement will allow you to never leave the dog alone for more than a couple of hours. This is to ensure every dog is kept happy and given all the attention they need while waiting for their forever home. To foster a dog or other species, please complete the form below.

Why foster a pet?

Helen, a ‘moggy midwife’ has been fostering cats for six years, supporting them through pregnancy and beyond. “For our children to see a kitten grow from a tiny helpless new-born into a mischievous kitten, is so exciting,” she says. “It teaches them to respect, love, and care for animals”. In addition, this means the kittens are well socialised and ready for their forever home too. “It’s very rewarding to know you have done something hands-on to help the animals”, adds Helen.

Our fosterers make a huge difference to the lives of pets in our care, and Wood Green is always delighted to hear about people’s positive fostering experiences. Get in touch if you have a story you’d like to share.


Fostering: frequently asked questions

  • Why do pets need fostering?

    Pets need fostering for a variety of reasons including those that might be recuperating from operations, are too young to rehome or need a break from life at one of our centres. You may also foster pregnant females or mums and litters.

  • What will fostering be like?

    You will have a pet in your life without the full-time commitment, with full training and support from Wood Green. We will provide all the resources the pet requires at no cost to you, and arrangements can be made to fit fostering in around your holidays and lifestyle.

    You will be caring for Wood Green pets in your own home until they can go to new homes – feeding, exercising, cleaning, socialising, giving medication and grooming. We sometimes need you to keep accurate records, and we love you to share fostering photos with us!

    You will be joining a great team of like-minded people, and can gain experience of caring for a variety of different species, breeds and needs – or just focus on one species if you’d prefer. Whilst enjoying the companionship of pets, you will make a huge difference to their lives.

  • What does Wood Green need from you?

    To become a foster carer, the qualities we look for are you to be caring, competent and flexible, with a willingness to learn and follow guidelines. You must also be able to travel to one of Wood Green’s centres or our Peterborough charity shop when required.

  • How do I join the Wood Green foster community?

    Please fill in our simple form and we’ll be in touch with you.

    If you have any more questions email us at or call us on 0300 303 9333.