How do I get started?
Let us know you’re interested in fostering and fill out our foster application!
What skills are needed to become a foster parent?
It’s best to have some knowledge about cat behavior and health. As a new foster, you will be assigned a mentor and given foster training. You will be able to consult with experienced fosters if you have questions. If you don’t have fostering experience, CARE will place you with a healthy, easy-to-care-for adult cat or pair of kittens.
Will it be hard to say goodbye to my foster pet?
It can be hard to say goodbye to a foster pet you’ve grown to love, but finding a forever home for your foster is truly a rewarding experience. Many adopters send pictures and updates to the foster parent to show how well the pet is doing in its new home. Congratulations – you’ve saved a life and are ready to move on to your next fosters!
What are the requirements to become a foster?
All fosters must:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Be willing and able to take your fosters to follow-up vet appointments as needed
- Keep your foster pets separate from household pets for 2 weeks in a spare room. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a playpen for kittens
- Feed, replace litter, and keep your fosters’ area clean
- Monitor your fosters’ daily health
- Socialize your fosters (play and cuddle!)
What expenses are involved with foster care?
All medical, food, and litter expenses are paid for by CARE. You provide a safe home, exercise, socialization, and lots of love!
Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own?
Yes, we welcome pet owners as foster volunteers. Please keep in mind that there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals. However the risk is minimal if your pets are vaccinated and in good health.
How long do animals need to stay in foster care?
The typical foster stay is two weeks to a few months. Some animals need extra time to get adopted or get through a medical situation. The time frame of each individual animal will be discussed with you ahead of time.
Will I be responsible for finding a home for my foster cat?
CARE takes responsibility for finding a home for its rescue cats. We place adoptable pet listings on our website, multiple social media sites, Petfinder, and Adopt-a-Pet, and we also hold adoption events. You can also help by telling friends, family, and coworkers about your foster pet. You’ll be responsible for talking with potential adopters to discuss your foster cat and attending at least two adoption events at our adoption centers per month.
Fostering is an important step on a pet’s journey to their forever home. A home environment is best for their health and well being. Fostering cats and kittens allows them to thrive in a home environment and practice forming bonds with their caregivers. For pets who have been waiting longer for adoption, foster caregivers can help reassure adopters that these pets are a good fit for a home and speak to the type of home or family that would be the best match for the pet.
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