Foster Volunteer FAQs

What kinds of animals need foster care?

-Kittens and puppies under two months old

-Mothers with nursing litters

-Dogs and cats with medical conditions or injuries

-Special Needs fosters

-Animals that need a break from the shleter enviornment

Can I become a Foster if I have pets of my own?

Absolutely! But it's important that all your pets be up to date on their vaccinations and be spayed/neutered to keep your pets and new house guests happy and healthy.

How long do animals need to stay in foster care?

The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care.

For shorter and longer stays, check out our Foster Friday program and Adoption Ambassadors group.

What expenses are involved in Foster care?

OBX SPCA provides food and supplies as well as medical care for animals in foster homes. Foster families are asked to provide exercise, socialization, adoption exposure and lots of love!

Behind the scenes of an animal shelter are many people working on behalf of pets that are not quite ready to be adopted into their forever homes. These pets may have varying medical needs, be nursing mothers or just need a break from the shelter environment. 


Foster Care Volunteers assist pets by giving their time and compassion. By inviting foster pets into your life, homeless cats and dogs experience the love of a human companion and return to the shelter as happy, healthy and socialized pets...ready for their furever home!

Ready to sign up? Fill out an application or email us at for more info.  Or read about our other special foster opportunities below. 

Foster Volunteers

Foster Field Trips

Have some free time on your hands? Thinking about taking a hike or enjoying a day at the beach?  Stop by the shelter and pick up a buddy for your field trip! We have lots of dogs that would love to be your adventure buddy!

Foster Fridays

Maybe you can't commit to a being a long term foster but you could host one for a weekend.  Just stop by the shelter on Friday and we'll provide you with everything you need for a fun weekend with your furry friend.

Adoption Ambassadors

Adoption Ambassadors handle the whole process of placing their foster from A to Z. With support from the shelter, they promote their foster on social media, interview and screen potential adopters as well as review applications and collect adoption fees.   

Shelter Information



PO Box 2477

Manteo, NC 27954


1031 Driftwood Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:  252-475-5620


Adoption Hours


Monday thru Friday  11am to 5pm

Saturdays 11am to 2pm

*March - September we are open until 7pm on Wednesdays


Office hours start at 8:30 am Monday thru Friday

*Owner Surrenders are by appointment only

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