Cat Foster Care Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why does Harley’s need a Foster Care Program if they mostly do TNVR?
This program was created for animals who are too young to be adopted yet, to friendly to be returned or need special care before they can be placed in permanent homes. Foster homes give kittens a strong start in life, protecting their health and enhancing their development.
2. How do I become involved?
Then fill out and send back your application to us and chances are you will soon be experiencing the joy of being a foster parent!
3. What animals have the greatest foster need?
Kittens! We need people to foster kittens more than any other animals. Some need to be bottle fed while others are weaned and just need to reach two pounds so they can be spayed/neutered. We sometimes have mother cats with litters of kittens in need of foster care. Also, may have an adult that needs a place to land until it can be adopted out.
4. What are the qualifications to be a foster parent?
Your pets should be current on their shots. (medical exceptions
considered) You need to have a room (bathroom/utility or spare bed rooms work well) to keep your foster animals separate from your own animals. This is until they can be medically cleared for your pet and the foster animals safety. You do not need previous experience as we will provide guidance and ongoing consultation.
5. What does it cost to be a foster parent?
The cost is minimal. We provide crate/pop up pen and starter supplies if needed. We cover any medical needs through our regular vet clinic. We will do our best to be sure providing foster care doesn’t create a hardship for you. Of course if you wish to help provide things for kitties care that's always appreciated.
6. It’s the middle of the night and my foster animal is sick, what can I do?
You can call our foster coordinator if problems arise in the night. We will make sure all fosters have their number. We also provide a helpful foster handbook.
7. Can I adopt my foster animal?
Of course! But first, you’ll need to bring your foster animal(s) back to us so they can be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before adoption. After completing the adoption paperwork and process, you will be able to take your new pet home!
8. Yikes! I don’t know anything about kittens, how can I be a reliable foster parent?
It’s easy! We provide assistance, and vet care plus a phone number that we’re always available to help.
9. I have other cats and dogs. Will they adjust to the new foster animals?
Your new foster animals must be kept separate from your own
animals until medically cleared for everyone's safety. It is likely your own pets will adjust quickly to the scents of your foster pets. And of course, someone is here to advise you each step of the way.
10. I work during the day, how can I be a foster parent?
You can foster weaned kittens or kittens with mothers and just be
sure they have plenty of food and water before you leave for work. Oh, and don’t forget to scoop the litter box!