Can I Stay at Your Place for Awhile?

Snuggle kittens. Save lives. That’s what you can expect when you join the kitten foster program at CAT.

About the Foster Program

In foster care, rescue kittens get love, care, and the comforts of home so they can start life on the right paw.

With the help of amazing foster families, CAT’s kitten foster program helps between 800 to 1,000 homeless kittens and mother cats each year. Experienced foster volunteers also provide temporary care to felines who are recovering from illness or injury, or who need socialization support.

You don’t have to be a kitten expert to join our team. If you’ve got a love of cats, a willingness to learn, and a little extra room in your heart and home, we can help with the rest!

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Getting Started
Your first step toward fostering for CAT is to attend a Volunteer Orientation at the shelter (see our event calendar for specific dates and times). After that, you’ll get special instruction during a Foster Training Session to learn everything you need to know to start fostering kittens!
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A little help from your friends
As a CAT foster parent, you’ll never feel alone. You get support from our shelter staff and veterinary hospital, and from a close-knit team of fellow foster volunteers. Plus, you’ll be teamed up with a trained foster mentor who will guide you through the kitten fostering experience.
All that and a bag of supplies
Each time you foster, you’ll receive a “baby bag” full of the medical supplies you may need. CAT covers all medical costs for your foster animals. Foster families agree to supply some basic items, like bedding, food/water dishes, litter box, and toys.
The role of a foster home
Fostering is a lot of fun — but it’s not always easy. You’ll need to ensure your kittens are getting proper care, including timely vaccinations. We’ll ask you to advocate for your foster animals to help them find adoptive homes once they’re ready. Some foster parents choose to train as adoption counselors and show kittens to potential adopters right from their homes, but it’s not required. Families are welcome!
Fostering for CAT has been the most rewarding, supportive, and satisfying experience. I love being a small part of this wonderful team and their fantastic mission.

– Sue H.


Cat Adoption Team is located in Sherwood, Oregon. Fostering with us works best if you live within the Portland metro area and close to an available foster mentor.  If you’re interested in fostering, please contact us before you attend Volunteer Orientation to see if we have foster support in your area.