00316851The Chester County SPCA is an open admissions shelter that takes in the stray and surrendered animals of both Chester and Delaware Counties. In 2013, our shelter took in over 5,500 animals. As of August 31, 2014, our shelter has taken in just under 3,000 animals. Many of those animals need to be placed in our foster program so that they have the ability to grow and thrive in a loving environment. It allows us to advocate for animals who are without advocates of their own. It also affords us the opportunity to give animals a second chance at fulfilling lives.  The Chester County SPCA relies very heavily on its foster program, as these individuals expand the CCSPCA’s capacity, creating a virtual shelter beyond our walls.

Things to consider before becoming a foster parent:

  • This program is for individuals who are 18 years or older and are interested in temporarily taking care of a shelter animal(s) in their home.
  • The average commitment is 4-8 weeks. The shelter will help you and your foster animal(s) get started by giving you instructions on care, providing any medical assistance, and provide you with supplies necessary to care to for the animal(s) while in your home.  A return date will also be scheduled for you.
  • Are you able to keep your foster animal(s) separate from any animals you may have at home? We ask that you keep the animals separated because your foster animal(s) may have limited immunity.
  • Cats and kittens must be kept indoors at all times.
  • When dogs are outside, they must be supervised in an enclosed yard or leashed at all times.


If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please complete the  Foster_Care_Application and send it to us by mail, fax, or drop it off at the shelter.  We keep your contact information on file and will be in touch as soon as we need you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erica Torres at (610) 692-6113.