Cuddle a Cat or Kitten.
We are looking for kitty friendly folks who might be willing to share a spare bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, office, etc. with a kitty / kittens in need of a safe place to prepare for adoption. Every foster family helps us to make a tremendous difference in the number of cats we save each year. There is no cost to you but a commitment of time and attention. Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles. We will match the kitties to each foster home's needs and wants. By offering your time, energy and home to a cat in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter which is at records levels in Maricopa County.
What Does Fostering Entail?
Have a dedicated space to place foster cat(s) away from your household pets for at least 14 days (required quarantine). Refresh food and water daily Clean Litter Box Give antibiotics, if necessary (most often for a kitty cold) If you have a cat, this might seem incredibly familiar. The only difference is that we provide the food, litter and cover the medical expenses.
Am I eligible to foster??
Primary caregiver must be at least 18 years of age. Everyone in the home be in agreement about fostering Have a spare room or space to dedicate to the cat or kittens while at your home. Be willing to heap love and attention on this kitties Own your home or have a rental that permits animals of this nature Reliable transportation, insurance and valid driver's license (Although we often do the transporting, should their be an emergency, being able to drive to a vet is a must) Property Insurance (homeowners or rental)
If you are interested in fostering, you will need to complete a foster application. Fostering also requires a home visit / interview to determine a proper fit and criteria. We recognize that becoming a foster family is a commitment. We work with each family to determine how often and how many kitties they wish to help at one time.
We coordinate to ensure that animals are cared for and / or relocated when a foster is out of town or needs a temporary break from fostering (having company in, surgery, etc.). The average time a cat or litter of kittens is with a foster family is between two - six weeks. The time line is based on whether the animal has been vaccinated, altered, is healthy (not having a kitty cold), socially ready for adoption and availability at our adoption center.
This is a great opportunity for empty nesters, retired couples or someone who isn't sure they are ready to adopt but would like to help in the meantime. Please consider getting involved. We cannot help cats when we don't have foster families available. It is that simple.