Fostering a Cat or Kittens
Interested in Fostering?
Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team of foster caregivers. We want this experience to be positive and rewarding for you. You will be giving your foster cats a great gift: A chance to adapt to a normal, warm and loving foster home environment while waiting for a permanent one.
Without caring people like you, many cats and kittens would be euthanized or die as strays, where they are susceptible to many unhealthy and unsafe conditions. While there are many benefits and rewards to fostering, there are also numerous practical and emotional considerations. Before making this commitment, please consider the following:
Are you at least 18 years of age?
Due to insurance reasons as well as safety concerns, only people over 18 can participate in this program. Although children can help with foster cat(s) care, adults must be the primary caregivers.
Are you able to spend quality time with the foster(s)?
Interaction and socialization is just as important as meeting the basic needs of the cat(s). Honestly evaluate how much time you can budget for the cat(s).
Are you able to drive to Simply Cats frequently?
You may need to transport cat(s) to and from Simply Cats for vaccinations, deworming, exams, or surgeries.
Are you able to work with cleaning chemicals such as bleach?
Between sets of foster cat(s), you need to deep clean the foster area with a disinfectant.
Did you know there can be a lot of cleaning, maintenance, and even sometimes damage to your home from foster animals?
Foster animals, especially kittens, can be very messy! Cats can ruin carpeting, drapes, clothing and other furniture. Adequately preparing your home and the space the cat(s) will stay in can prevent most accidents and damages.
Can you monitor the health of the foster cat(s)?
You will need to be aware and responsive to any signs of illness and call Simply Cats if you are concerned. The cat care team will help you decide if you should then bring the cat in to be examined.
Are you able to separate the foster cat(s) from your own animals?
Often, foster cats need to be isolated from your companion animals. A separate room or enclosed area without carpeting works best (i.e. the bathroom or laundry room).
Are you emotionally equipped to return the cat(s) to Simply Cats when the foster period is complete?
It can be very difficult to relinquish care of a cat after you have become attached. You may be sad when this time comes, but know that you have played a key role in the life of the animal and the success of the shelter!
Are you emotionally prepared for the potential loss of young kittens?
If you are fostering bottle babies, please be aware that sometimes they will not all survive.
Can you place your trust in Simply Cats staff to decide what is best for the cat(s)?
Please remember that the Simply Cats team is here to offer support and guidance, and will always choose what is in the best interest of the cat(s).
Are you comfortable explaining to friends and others that the foster cat(s) are ultimately in the care of Simply Cats and therefore must go through the regular adoption process?
If you are interested in helping find homes for your foster cat(s), that is great! Just keep in mind that the cat(s) are not available until they are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and dewormed. And, the interested party will have to adopt the cat as per Simply Cats’ policies.