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Foster Carers

A foster carer is a person who undertakes temporary care of an individual or special group of animals for the purpose of giving the animals care until they can be rehomed.

Pursuant to the Domestic Animals Act 1994, foster carers are required to register all animals housed at their premises with the local council at which they are kept, even if the animal is only with them for a short time before being moved to another foster carer or a permanent home.

Voluntarily enrolled foster carers will get reduced registration fees for dogs and cats in their temporary care during the first 12 months. A permit application fee of $35 is applicable and payable upon application. To enroll as a foster carer, please apply here.

Foster carers must not care for more than five adult equivalent dogs or cats or combination of dogs and cats at any given time. Furthermore, please ensure that if you are keeping excess animals you may be required to obtain a permit pursuant to Council Community Local Law 48 'keeping of animals'.

Foster carers must also ensure that foster cared dogs or cats meet Council’s mandatory registration requirements such as compulsory desexing. Exemptions include any dog or cat registered the City of Kingston before 1st January 2009 and animals exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994