Can I Stay at Your Place for Awhile?

Snuggle kitties. Save lives. That’s what you can expect when you join the 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. Experienced foster volunteers also provide temporary care to cats and kittens who are recovering from illness or injury, or who need socialization support.

With the help of amazing foster families, CAT’s foster program cares for close to 1,000 homeless kittens and cats each year. Plus, fostering makes room at the shelter to take in more cats who need help.

You don’t have to be a feline 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!

Getting Started
Your first step to 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!

Fostering with us works best if you live within the Portland metro area and close to an available foster mentor. Please contact us to see if your location has foster support.
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 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, food, and litter for your foster animals. Foster families may 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 or cats 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. You’ll have the option to show your fosters to potential adopters right from your home. In-home adopter visits aren’t required, but doing so helps save space at the shelter for other kitties in need. Some foster parents choose to train as adoption counselors too.
"Goodbye" is the goal
Fostering is a temporary situation and letting go of one foster kitty means you'll be able to help another. But it can still be hard to say goodbye. Thankfully, our foster team is here to help you through it. Every adoption saves one life, but a dedicated foster parent can save lots of lives by caring for many kitties who need extra help to find their own new homes. Goodbyes are tough, but oh-so-rewarding too!
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.