Fostering is a life saving experience for the cats and kittens Tree House assists, and a life changing experience for the volunteers who foster them! Tree House's Foster Program is critical to our organization's success. Having the support of a compassionate community of foster volunteers allows us to keep helping cats even when shelter space is limited.
We join forces with foster volunteers to ensure cats have a warm and loving environment in which to heal, grow, and flourish. As a foster parent, your role is to welcome a cat or kitten into your home and provide daily care, treatments, and TLC until the foster pet(s) are ready for their adoptive home. Tree House covers all the medical expenses associated with cats in the program, and can provide supplemental food/litter/supplies for those who are not able to do so.
What you will need:
...to be able to keep the foster cats and kittens separate from your own pets. Since foster cats and kittens are often recovering from some kind of ailment, the best way to keep your pets safe is by keeping fosters in an isolated living space. A spare room or bathroom works just fine :)
...to be able to transport your foster to our shelter for routine veterinary care to keep your foster pet on their road to recovery. Growing kittens especially need repeat vaccinations and deworming treatments to help them develop healthily.
...a big heart, to love and care for kitties who are in need of special care and attention.There are many reasons a Tree House resident may need foster care:
- Kittens: Kittens are not ready to be adopted until they are at least eight weeks old. They need time in foster care for their immune systems to develop, to receive life-saving medical treatments, and to weigh enough for their spay/neuter surgery.
- Sick/Injured: Foster homes are a great place for sick or injured residents to heal! Whether they’re recovering from something as common as a kitty cold or intestinal parasites, to something more complicated, like a dental or orthopedic surgery--time in foster care helps speed up the road to recovery.
- Behavior/Socialization: The Ad option Center is a bustling place that can be overwhelming for some residents. These kitties benefit from time in a foster home environment that can provide acclimation, enrichment, training or behavior modification on a one-on-one basis to help them become prime candidates for adoption.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest to the Foster Department. You'll receive the on-line application to complete and then schedule a short interview with a staff member to discuss how we can work together.
- Animal Care / Handling
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People Skills
- Problem Solving
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Up to an hour of daily care, plus transport to vet
- Willingness to learn how to administer medications