A Foster Volunteer cares for foster animal(s) in their home according to Pet Haven policy until they are adopted. Pet Haven makes every effort to assign foster animals that match the volunteer's life style and home situation. Foster volunteers are required to make their foster animals available for adoption days and in between adoption events for private showings.
- Care for a foster cat in your home in a manner prescribed by Pet Haven policy and procedures
- Take foster cat to Pet Haven vet when necessary or make alternate arrangements with Cat Division Chair
- Provide food, water, in-home shelter, play time, affection, and a generally safe, stable, loving environment for the foster cat until adoption
- Evaluate the behavior and needs of the foster cat and consult with the Cat Division Chair regarding questions and concerns
- Make Cat Division Chair aware of lifestyle and home situation so an appropriate foster cat may be chosen
- Bring the foster cat to adoption day events (currently one Saturday a month from 11am - 1:30pm and one Sunday a month from 1pm - 3pm) or make alternate arrangements with the approval of the Cat Division Chair
- Handle your foster cat at adoption events ensuring that the cat is comfortable and has positive interactions with the public
- Talk to prospective adopters about your foster cat at adoption events, and by phone and email, or make alternate arrangements with the Cat Division Chair
- Bring the foster cat to private showings as needed or make alternate arrangements with the approval of the Cat Division Chair
- Keep a journal of the foster cat's progress if requested by Cat Division Chair
- Pick up new foster cats from various veterinary clinics in the metro area
- Inform the Cat Division Chair when additional supplies and food are needed
- Attend any training sessions required for foster volunteer orientation and ongoing education
- Daily time commitment for care of animal
- 6 hours a month for adoption events
- 2 - 4 hours a month for private showings and responding to inquiries from prospective adopters by email and/or phone (varies with each foster cat)
- A minimum commitment of 6 months is requested.
Training & Supervision
- Initial orientation and training provided before the first foster pet is placed with the foster home
- Reports to the Cat Division Chair with additional support provided by other Pet Haven cat foster volunteers
- Reward of knowing that you are helping homeless animals
- Reimbursement of miscellaneous expenses (Pet Haven provides veterinary care and food)
Complete and submit Pet Haven's Volunteer Application and our Cat Foster Addendum. Copies of these applications and instructions for submitting them are at http://www.pethavenmn.org/about-us/volunteer/ . Thank you for your interest!
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