Foster a Cat (or a few)!
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless cat into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the cat is adopted.
Foster parents save lives by helping rescue groups and shelters accommodate more animals, socialize those animals and get to know them better!
What Cat(s) would I foster?
Mom & babies:
Fostering a mother and her litter is incredibly rewarding! Your job is to take great care of mom, so that she can take great care of her babies! Mom cats need a stress free environment where they feel safe. They should be kept warm and provided with lots of food and water (Nursing burns lots of calories!)
Bottle babies are oh-so-cute but require a lot of time and patience. These babies must be fed every 3 hours around the clock- including overnight. If you work from home or have a job that allows kittens at the office, we are always in need of fosters who's schedule can accommodate bottle babies.
Weaned kittens are kittens who are able to eat kibble or wet food out of a bowl. Kittens require love, food, and lots of playtime.
Often, weaned kittens need to be "socialized" or taught to not fear humans. This involves a lot of patience. Daily snuggles and treats will surely turn a shy cat into a lap cat- and watching their transformation is so rewarding.
Adults & Seniors:
Many of our adult or senior fosters are cats who were surrendered or abandoned by previous owners. These sweethearts need a place to crash until they find their forever home, and lots of love to remind them that they are worthy.
Hospice fosters are kitties who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and need a comfortable and safe place to live out the rest of their lives. Being a Hospice foster is hard, but knowing you helped a cat feel loved and at ease for the remainder of their lives is a really special experience.
What do you need to foster?
- A safe, clean, and loving environment
- Lots of love and patience
- A fresh and clean litter box
- Fresh food and water
- A way to transport cats to their intake and vet appointments. Our vet is located in Canton. We have intake locations in Patterson Park, Parkville, and Owings Mills.
What does FRA provide?
- All medical care- Every cat that comes through our rescue is spay or neutered and vaccinated
- Near 24-hour support for our fosters
- A wonderful support network of volunteers available to help and answer questions
- Basic supplies such as food and litter, when available
How long will I have a foster?
- Ideally, you would foster the cat(s) until the point of adoption. This varies based on the cats age and medical status. A healthy 8 week old kitten will typically stay in a foster home for 4-6 weeks.
How will my foster get adopted?
- You'll send us cute pics and a bio for our website listings! We will advertise your foster but it helps for you to advertise them as well
- Adopters with approved applications that you think may be a good fit for your foster will then arrange to meet your foster, typically in your home
You must be 18 or older. If you are not the homeowner or primary leaseholder we will need their permission.
Read more about fostering from the Kitten Lady: http://www.kittenlady.org/fostering