Kitten Foster Program
Each year, close to 100 foster families give more than 1,000 cats and kittens a safe, caring temporary home. In foster, there’s socialization for young kittens, space for mother cats to raise their young, and time for sick or injured cats to heal. Without these foster homes, many of these cats and kittens would not survive. Foster homes also free up space within the shelter, which means more lives are saved!
Specific goals of the Foster Program include:
- Providing a safe, nurturing environment for mother cats to raise their kittens
- Allowing sick or injured cats/kittens to heal in a relaxing environment
- Giving long-term feline residents time away from the shelter in a home setting
- Correcting behavioral issues
- A warm, dry, safe place in a separate room, in the home, away from other animals
- The ability to keep accurate, up-to-date medical records
- Commitment through the duration of the foster process: 10 days to 3 months for kittens (depending on the age of the kittens at the time kittens go into foster care), 30 days or fewer for most adult cats
- Spend a minimum two hours per day with foster kittens (and mama if she’s with them), for socialization and basic care
- Attend a Volunteer Orientation at the shelter (see event calendar for specific dates and times)
- Attend a Foster Training Session at the shelter (this will be scheduled after you complete Volunteer Orientation)
- Ability to travel occasionally to and from Sherwood shelter
- Foster families with children are welcome, but parents must assume responsibility for the foster cat/kittens
If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation. Please check our event calendar for Volunteer Orientation dates and times.