Care for Pregnant Moms, Kittens, Cats with Special Needs in Your Home


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

5473 Overpass RoadIn your home near our shelterSanta Barbara, CA 93111

You can care for a pregnant cat mom, young kittens, adults with special needs or even compassionate hospice care for an older cat.

About

Our foster care program provides temporary safe and loving homes to kittens and cats until they can return to our center and be adopted by their new family. This program offers a second chance to many animals who would not thrive in a shelter environment. Animals enter the foster program because they are not ready for adoption, either because of behavioral reasons or because they are too young, sick, or injured. Animals that have been in the shelter for extended stays can also benefit from time in a stable and nurturing home environment. Fostering can last for as little as a few days, or as long as 4-8 weeks, depending on the case. Almost anyone can become a successful foster caregiver with a little education, flexibility and commitment. There are, however, some important points to consider. Foster animals must be kept separate from all resident animals You must commit to spending the amount of time with your foster animals that your cat/kitten needs- very young kittens require 24-hour care/7 days a week for about 6 weeks You must be able to bring the animals to ASAP's shelter for check-ups and urgent care You must agree to bring the foster animals back to ASAP at the end of the foster period You cannot give vaccines to foster animals Foster Program Requirements You must be 18 years of age or a family with parents committed to leading the care You need to live in the Santa Barbara County area You must complete a Foster Parent Application Upon approval, you must complete and sign a Foster Care Agreement You must provide required weight, medication and/or behavioral records for foster animal(s) while in your care You must maintain consistent feeding schedules and daily care You must uphold a disease-free, safe and nurturing environment You must provide daily play time and a loving foundation for cats and kittens in your care You must allow inspection of home and location where foster cats/kittens will live

Skills

  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • minimum 1 week per assignment
  • Renters must have landlord approval
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