SPCA New Zealand

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Foster parent - Neonate Puppies
Auckland (Mangere) Centre

Foster parent - Neonate Puppies

Many of the animals that come into our SPCA Centres across the country need additional care, treatment and socialisation before finding their new forever home.

We are looking for five special foster parents to help us care for some of the most vulnerable foster animals in our Centre, orphaned puppies who are under 6 weeks of age and require round the clock care.

Bottle baby puppies (neonates) are completely reliant on their foster parents for all aspects of their care – bottle feeding, toileting, cleaning and warmth. Fostering vulnerable puppies is no small task and can be very challenging but is also a very rewarding job!

Why foster an animal?

  • If you can only open your home on a temporary basis, fostering an animal is a great way to rescue an animal in need.
  • Every animal that you foster is given a second chance at life – and the more you foster, the more lives you can help save.
  • All SPCA foster parents receive training and ongoing support from our Centre Team.
  • We supply all food, bedding, toys and everything else to make the animals comfortable while staying in your home.

What you need to help:

  • A social adult dog - as bottle baby puppies do not have their mother to teach them social skills you will need an adult dog in your foster home that is social and vaccinated. This dog will need to socialise with the puppies and teach them the basics.
  • Time - Neonates are completely reliant on their parents for feeding and toileting which is required every 2-4 hours, including overnight. Please note: The puppies cannot travel outside of the home (except when coming to the SPCA) so Foster Parents must commit to being home to feed and toilet these animals.
  • Availability - After being admitted to the centre, puppies will need to be collected as soon as possible. You will need to be available to collect puppies from our Mangere Centre at short notice.
  • Transport - You will need your own transport 24/7 to bring foster animals to and from the centre or to an after-hours vet should your foster animal need emergency veterinary treatment in the middle of the night.
  • Access to a computer and good computer skills - It is essential that the health and behaviour of the animals in this programme are recorded on a daily basis, this will be done via an online spreadsheet.
  • Space - you will need a safe and secure space away from other animals which could be a spare room, bathroom or laundry. You will also need a full fenced yard.
  • Written consent from your landlord – if you don’t own your home.
  • Attend a foster information session at the centre before you start fostering.
  • Your love and patience.

​What does fostering involve?

  • Filling out our application form and a quick follow-up phone interview with our foster team.
  • Property check by one of our centre team.
  • A quick assessment of your current dog to ensure they are social and suitable for this programme.
  • Attending an information session at our centre.
  • Picking up your foster animal and required supplies. We’ll give you food, bedding, toys, medicine and anything else it needs
  • Giving your foster animal your love, care and patience, and introducing them to a real home life experience, rules and boundaries.
  • Completing daily monitoring records online.
  • Returning the animal back to the SPCA Centre when they are ready.

If you have any questions, please contact our foster team on 09 256 2525, or email us at auckland.foster@spca.nz.

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