Our foster program is an integral part of our organization. All of the cats at The Cat Connection are placed in foster homes while they await adoption. Our foster caregivers provide the love and nurturing these cats need. Without the help of foster parents, we would be forced to turn away cats in need of a home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some of the most asked questions about becoming a foster parent.
What is involved in being a foster parent?
Being a foster caregiver involves feeding, cleaning, grooming, and playing with the cats. Some of our cats require additional special care because they are sick, stressed, or frightened. A frightened animal may require extra attention and behavioral modification to become ready for adoption. As each cat is individual, the needs to each cat will vary.
What are the requirements for being a foster parent?
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must have reliable transportation to bring the cat to and from vet appointments.
- All pets in your home must be spayed or neutered.
What are the expenses?
The Cat Connection will cover the cost of veterinary care and supplies such as a litter box, food bowls, etc, depending on need. We can also help with food and litter, but we do ask that our foster parents pay for these expenses if they can.
Veterinary care is paid for by The Cat Connection, provided you take your foster pet to a pre-approved veterinarian. We have relationships with certain veterinarians who provide services for us at a lower rate.
Can I keep the cat I foster?
Our main goal is to find loving forever homes for our pets being fostered. If you decide that you’d like that home to be yours, you can choose to adopt your foster pet. If you choose to adopt, we hope you will still volunteer to foster other pets in the future.
I already own a cat or dog, can I foster?
Yes. You must have the ability to isolate your foster pet from the other pets in your home. Moving to a new home can be a scary experience for cats, and introducing them to other animals can make the experience more overwhelming.
Before you bring a foster animal home, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and are spayed/neutered.
What is the time commitment for fostering?
The length of time that a foster cat is with you will vary by pet.
Apply to be a Foster Parent
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please start by completing the foster application. Once we receive your application, our foster coordinator will be in touch with you. We will set up a introduction appointment at your home. At that time, all of your questions can be discussed and evaluate what type of cat(s) would do well in your home.