Why are there so many restrictions on the types of homes required for foster care? Most of the animals in RSPCA WA’s care, and especially those who require foster care, have been neglected and mistreated before they were rescued. As a result, they are not socialised and require training to get used to being around and interacting with people and other pets. Many of the animals either do not get along with other animals, are fearful of adults or children (or people in general) or are undergoing some sort of behavioural or medical treatment. This may reduce your suitability to foster these animals. Other animals who are suffering from stress or anxiety require quiet, calm homes where they can feel safe while they get used to being around people. For these animals, young children are generally not suitable.