If you'd like to become a Kitty of Angels foster parent/family, please fill out our application to foster a cat or kitten. Still on the fence? Here are some general foster FAQs. Also, take a look at Kitten Lady's brochure on taking care of orphan kittens. It is a wealth of information.
WHAT EXACTLY DO FOSTER FAMILIES DO?
Many rescue groups will pay the costs associated with fostering an animal so that the foster family doesn't have to. Some rescue groups reimburse for supplies such as food, litter, toys and veterinary costs. Others may just provide all the supplies your foster animal needs. Be sure to find out the rescue group's policies before you take your foster animal home.
HOW WILL FOSTERING AN ANIMAL AFFECT MY OWN PETS?
But, at first, your pets may get a little upset at the foster animal's arrival. That's why, for everyone's safety, you should isolate your foster animal from your pets until they get used to one another. It's also a good idea to make sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
For more information about making introductions, read “Introducing a New Cat,” “Introducing Cats and Kittens to Dogs” and “Introducing Dogs to Each Other” from the Best Friends website. Also, be sure to talk with staff at the rescue organization for which you’re fostering to determine what’s best in each situation.
WHY DO PEOPLE VOLUNTEER TO FOSTER?
- It's a volunteer job that doesn't require you to show up at a specific time for a certain number of hours.
- For those who can't adopt a pet right now, it's a great way to enjoy a pet without making a lifetime commitment to the animal.
- Fostering is a great "test drive" to see how a permanent pet would fit into your lifestyle.
DO I QUALIFY TO FOSTER AN ANIMAL?
In some instances, an animal needs a particular kind of foster home. The foster pet might require a well-fenced in yard or her own area away from other pets, or she may have special needs that require giving medication. But don't worry, your rescue group or shelter will make every effort to match you with a foster animal who's the right fit for you.
HOW MUCH TIME IS INVOLVED IN FOSTERING A PET?
HOW LONG WITH THE FOSTER ANIMAL BE WITH ME?
IS IT MY JOB TO FIND A PERMANENT HOME FOR MY FOSTER ANIMAL?
Even if you’re not required to bring your foster pet to adoption events, the rescue group or shelter for which you are fostering will certainly appreciate any efforts that you make to help your foster animal find a home. One way to do that is to let all your friends, family and anyone else in your social circle know that you have a wonderful pet available for adoption.
AND WHEN IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE?
Some people like to be there when their foster pet goes home with his new family. Seeing your foster animal ride off happily into the sunset will help you remember that he has found a loving new home. A lot of foster families even get photos and updates of their old charges enjoying their new homes.
ISN'T FOSTERING EMOTIONALLY HARD ON THE ANIMALS?
Foster homes are a lifesaving bridge for homeless pets, giving them an opportunity to experience life in a house and to learn that people can be kind, food is available, and there is a warm, secure place to sleep. When your foster pet goes to her permanent home, chances are she’ll adjust more easily than if she hadn’t spent time in a foster home. There’s no shortage of animals who need this preparation time before finding their own family.
HOW DO I GIVE FOSTERING A TRY?
If you’re ready to help save the life of a homeless pet, please fill out our application!