Pet foster program of VAW shelter clients in Ottawa and surrounding areas

Become a Foster

Apply to become a FAM Network foster

Please complete the following questions as much as possible.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work with women and animals being potential victims of violence, we screen all volunteers before granting them special privacy privileges. All content is kept strictly confidential with The FAM Network.

Volunteer Pet Foster Parents are required to provide two references please— their vet and anyone else of their choice.  Your vet is required mainly for emergency purposes.

Foster Application
Mr / Ms / Miss / Sir / Dr
*If residing in the same household as the Foster Applicant
Your Address
Street Address
Please submit an email address that you monitor regularly
Please submit a phone number by which you can be reached at any hour of the day or night (for emergency purposes only)
An alternate phone number in case we can't reach you at your Main phone number
The ability to legally drive said vehicle is presumed.
Please answer with a numerical digit


Agreement to Terms

By clicking the "SUBMIT" button, you agree to the following statements:

  • I have read the information provided about The FAM Network Program (we will provide more information upon application approval).
  • I am over 18 years of age.

If you are applying to become a foster:

  • I understand that the pet I am fostering is the property of someone in crisis and any decisions regarding the pet and its future are fundamentally hers.
  • For safety reasons I agree not to have contact with the pet's owner or know her identity.
  • I am aware of potential risks associated with this Program and agree to abide by the procedures outlined in the Guidelines, including taking the pet only to the designated veterinary clinic.
  • I understand that the pet(s) may have lived in a stressful and/or abusive environment and may therefore be very stressed when they come into care. The FAM Network will not knowingly place a dangerous animal.
  • I agree to be personally responsible for the humane housing and care of the animal(s) I am fostering, and to be vigilant about safety for the pet.
  • Cats must be kept indoors at all times, and dogs must be leashed at all times when in public and unfenced areas.
  • I agree not to travel with the pet nor leave it in the care of someone else (unless arrangements are made through The FAM Network).
  • I certify that my own pets are up to date on all their regular annual or triennial vaccines (which include DHLPP and rabies for dogs, FVRCP and rabies for cats). Proof of litter testing may be accepted.
  • I acknowledge that, if for some reason I am unable to continue fostering, the pet is to be returned to The FAM Network.
  • I agree not to sell, euthanize, or give away the pet that I am fostering.
  • I authorize The FAM Network at its discretion to conduct an on-site inspection of the premises where the animal will be fostered and to check the references I have provided.
  • I agree to foster and be responsible for the pet for up to three months (or the time agreed to) after which the agreement can be extended or the animal returned to The FAM Network to find another foster family.