Kitten Foster Program
Each year, over 100 foster families in CAT’s Foster Program give more than 1,000 cats and kittens a safe, caring place for kittens to grow, mother cats to raise their kittens, and sick or injured cats to heal. Without these temporary homes, many of these cats and kittens would not survive. In addition, foster parents free up space at the Sherwood shelter, allowing CAT to save more lives.
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 two-hour Volunteer Orientation at the shelter
- Attend a ninety-minute Foster Training at the shelter
- Ability to travel occasionally to and from Sherwood shelter
- For foster families with children, CAT encourages sensible child involvement, but parents must assume responsibility
Apply to be a CAT Volunteer today. Please note that CAT staff will get back to you as soon as possible, but this may take as long as a week. Applicants whose interests and schedule match current openings are invited to attend a Volunteer Orientation, typically held on three weekend days per month (occasionally weekday evening orientations are offered).