Is Fostering Right for You

There are many things to consider when deciding to foster an animal. Foster caregivers must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete a foster care application and sign a foster care agreement
  • Sign up as an “on-deck” foster, ready to pick up your cat or kitten within a 36-hour timeframe
  • Be able to set aside time every two weeks to bring your foster animal in for follow-up vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery
  • Take on the responsibility for routine care in your home during the foster period
  • Ensure that animals can be fostered in your home
  • Isolate foster animals from family pets within the home, as required
    • Quarantine your foster animals for 14 days to prevent disease spread, as required
    • Kitten-proof your home to reduce potential safety hazards
    • Maintain a peaceful, loving environment for the foster animals and spend quality time socializing them
    • Utilize the hotline for all emergency and non-emergency treatment of foster animals
    • Maintain communication with the volunteer director
    • Commit to the entire foster period with the animal
    • Try to spend a minimum of two hours per day with kittens to socialize them and monitor their health (time commitments will vary depending on your foster animals)

    In addition:

    • Existing animals in your home must be up-to-date on vaccines and in good health
    • Every family member in the household will need to be prepared for the commitment and emotions involved with fostering

Feline Foster Care Content:

Overview: Is Fostering Right for You?   

Preparing Your Home and Family                     

Getting Acquainted

Kitten Growth Milestones

Daily Care for Moms with Kittens

Daily Care for Orphaned Kittens

Grooming, Bathing, Socializing

Cleaning & Sanitizing

Medical Information & Concerns

Print & Post Resources for Caregivers

More Foster Resources on ASPCApro

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