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Foster Cats & Kittens

Fostering Saves Lives

Providing a temporary, loving home to animals in need is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. Our foster volunteers make it possible for our organization to rescue hundreds of cats and kittens we would otherwise have to turn away due to limited space in our shelter. THANK YOU for opening your hearts and homes and for saving lives!

The Guiding Mission of our Foster Program:

Foster Volunteer Requirements

The following are requirements you must meet in order to volunteer.

Take a moment to read the "Frequently Asked Questions" below. If you need further information, feel free to e-mail or call the Foster Coordinator at (970) 658-0793.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a foster parent?

Fill out our on-line foster program application and our Foster Coordinator will contact you within a few days to sign you up for a foster orientation. Check out our Calendar of Events for upcoming training dates. After you attend the 2 hour orientation, you will make an appointment for a home check and be assigned a mentor. After your home check, you will be able to sign up for your first foster group!

*You must be 18 years old to join the foster program. Children under the age of 18 will be asked to co-foster with a parent, and both must attend training.

What kind of cats or kittens need foster care?

Our kitties come to us for all kinds of reasons, some examples are: a litter of orphaned kittens too young or too ill to be adopted (anywhere from 1-8 kittens), a pregnant mom cat or mom cat with babies, special needs cats/kittens with long term illnesses or ongoing issues, and semi-feral or shy cats/kittens that need to spend time being socialized before they can be adopted.

What is the time commitment?

Ideally, a commitment of at least 6 months and signing up to foster 3 different foster groups during that time is what we ask for. We do, however, consider shorter commitments on a case-by-case basis, so please don't hesitate to ask. Our busy "kitten season" is April-November, so we need the most help during those months, but we have foster needs throughout the year. You can plan to spend an average of 1-3 hours each day caring for your group.

What are my responsibilities as a foster parent?

Showering the kitties with love and attention!! Also, making sure all vaccines, dewormer and other medicines are given on time; feeding and cleaning up after them; watching for any signs of illness or disease; providing digital images for adoption marketing; and transporting the kitties to and from their spay/neuter appointment, in-shelter adoption days, and off-site mobile adoption events.

What are the benefits of fostering for FCCRSNC?

If you love cats and kittens, but you are not able to make the lifetime or financial commitment to owning one, fostering is the purrfect solution! Our staff also promotes volunteer empowerment through continuing education opportunities, a mentor support program, and social outlets to get to know your fellow volunteers. And don't forget the unlimited opportunities to cuddle with kitties, of course!

Click here to view the Highs & Lows of fostering.

What supplies do volunteers need to provide?

If you are able to provide a litter box, bedding, towels, food bowls and toys {all of the re-usable and washable items} it is very helpful for us. If this is cost prohibitive, sometimes we have donated items we can pass along or you can purchase used supplies at second hand secondhand stores.

What supplies does FCCRSNC provide?

FCCRSNC provides you with all of the dry and canned food, litter, a Kitten Kit of basic medical supplies, and all of the veterinary medical care.

What if I really want to foster, but the volunteer fee is cost-prohibitive or what if I want to pay with cash/check?

We will work with you! Please contact the Volunteer Manager to make alternative arrangements.

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