How long do I have to foster for? The length of foster care arrangements varies depending on the needs of each animal. We offer short, medium and long-term foster care arrangements. Short term care is suitable for animals who are experiencing stress in the kennel environment and may benefit from foster care for a few weeks until they can be rehomed. Medium term care is suitable for kittens and puppies, who will generally be in a foster home for around eight weeks, until they can be weaned and sterilised, ready for rehoming. Long term care is needed for animals in the Pets in Crisis Program, who require temporary care for up to three months, until their owners can find safe accommodation. Animals in protective custody may be require foster care for two years or more. You will be able to take time off for holidays, etc. while you foster. The Foster Care team will be able to make other arrangements with ample notice.