The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The fostering program at Happy Endings is an opportunity to help unwanted, abandoned, and special needs cats have a home while they are prepared to find themselves a forever home. There are several circumstances that may require a foster home, such as:
Cats In Need Of Foster Homes
Young or neo-natal orphans (1-10 weeks old; Bottle feeding may be required).
Mother with kittens under 10 weeks of age
Kittens/cats recovering from injury/surgery (Medicating or physical therapy may be required).
Kittens/cats in need of socialization
Elderly or Ill cats requiring long-term care (diabetes, thyroid, IBD, etc. Medicating may be required).
Terminally ill cats that are currently content (cancer, organ failure, etc. Medicating may be required).
FIV or FeLV diagnosed cats
Any cat when the shelter becomes full
Responsibilities of a Foster Parent
Provide a peaceful, loving and indoor only environment with clean water and food for the foster companion and spend quality time loving and socializing them.
Provide a separate room to isolate the foster companion for a minimum of five (5) days to prevent the spread of potential illness. (A bathroom or bedroom works wonderfully for this as is the use of a cage that can be provided.)
Provide transportation (using own vehicle, family member or taxi) to the Happy Endings shelter or our selected veterinarians for examinations, vaccinations, etc. if necessary or in case of emergency.
Be patient, as well as be willing to nurse any injury and/or illness with the understanding that some companions will not recover from their injuries or illness.
Complete a foster care application and foster care contract.
Provide regular updates on the status of your foster companion.