Foster an Orphaned Cat or Kitten

What is a Foster Home?

A foster home is a temporary living situation for cats and kittens in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home or to move into one of our onsite adoption programs.  Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of cats we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Why Foster?

Because many of our cats and kittens cannot go directly into one of our onsite adoption programs, the only way we can save these at risk felines is with the help of foster homes.  Our young kittens need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be adopted.  Older cats who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help a cat transition from the stress of living at the shelter.  For some cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.

Being a cat foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a kitty in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to decompress.  Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens too young to be adopted.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Cat?

The length of time an cat will be in foster is very dependent upon their needs. Some cats need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavioral needs. Fostering experiences can range from a couple of weeks to months, but we do require a minimum 2-4 weeks commitment for most cats and kittens.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
  • Transport to/from offsite adoption events
  • With fostering cats, isolation from other animals in the home is required for a minimum of 10-14 days

 

Ready to start saving lives?

Please complete our Foster Application below. We will be in contact with you very soon.

We want to sincerely thank you for your interest in becoming a MEOW co. Foster Guardian!

Interested in becoming a foster but want to know more?

Please contact foster@meowco.org with any questions about the program.

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