Volunteering to foster cats and kittens is an extremely rewarding experience, for both families and individuals. Volunteers who foster provide care and a loving temporary home to animals in need, until they are ready for adoption.
Why Do Cats Need Foster Homes?
Cats need foster homes for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are:
- Kittens too young for adoption
- Nursing cats with kittens
- Cats and kittens who need socialization
- Adoptable cats and kittens who aren’t thriving in the shelter
- Terminally ill cats who need a loving home for hospice care
- Temporary Care cats whose families are going through hard times and in need of temporary housing for their cats.
HOW TO APPLY
In order to be a foster parent, you need to become a volunteer at Cat Care Society, come to a volunteer and fostering seminar, and have a home inspection done. You can download the volunteer application and foster applications here. You may also pick up an application during Shelter hours. You an submit your completed application in these ways:
- In person to the Shelter
- By scanned e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- By fax to: email@example.com
- By mail to:
Cat Care Society
Attention: Volunteer Coordinator
5787 W 6th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
Volunteer and Fostering Seminar
After your application has been reviewed and approved, you will need to attend the next scheduled volunteer orientation, and fostering seminar at the Shelter. These are held on Saturdays twice a year, and are usually 2 hours long.
Once you are set as a volunteer and foster home you will be contacted by our Shelter Manager to schedule a visit to your home. Cat Care Society and state law require a home visit for all foster families.
Welcoming a Foster into Your Home
When a foster cat or kitten is available that would fit in your home, the Shelter Manager will contact you and you can begin fostering. You will receive complete support from our Shelter Manager and Veterinary Care team.