Foster for Street Cat Rescue?
Foster homes are the backbone of Street Cat Rescue
Foster homes are the crucial link between life on the street and a forever home.
Every year Street Cat Rescue receives hundreds of calls about cats and kittens in need, but with limited space we sometimes have to say no; we are always looking to expand our foster network so we can help more. If you have a spare room (doesn’t have to be fancy) and a little time, please consider opening your home to a foster cat.
- You do not need to make a long term commitment; fostering is perfect for those who would like a feline companion but can’t make a long-term commitment to a pet. We do request a minimum of four months
- SCAT will help with food and litter and other supplies, so the cost to you can be minimal. (Some foster homes pay for these costs, and receive a tax receipt for their donation.)
- SCAT pays all medical bills
- If you don’t have transportation, SCAT can arrange transport for vet visits, etc for your foster
- It is your choice whether you integrate the foster with your own pets or keep them in a separate room. Many homes successfully have multiple fosters in their home in addition to their own pets, but it is not necessary; a roof over their head and reliable food, water and vet care are infinitely better than a life on the street
- Fosters are usually available for adoption fairly quickly, and SCAT does all the screening to find forever homes; our current foster homes will tell you that the experience of seeing a foster go to their forever home is very rewarding
- You can decide if you want to help cats with special needs (either social or medical) or if you only feel ready to foster friendly, healthy well socialized cats or kittens
Every new foster home provides a safe warm alternative to an uncertain future on the street. If you have any questions or want more information, call the SCAT office at 306-955-7228.
Street Cat Rescue does not keep any of our adoptable cats in pens or cages; they are either at our free-roaming shelter, in boarding at vet clinics, with the vast majority in foster homes. Fosters are volunteers who agree to give their foster cats the same loving care they would give to their own animals; in addition, they provide information to Street Cat to help them promote the fosters, and they support opportunities for their fosters to meet potential adopters.
The majority of our adoptable cats live in foster homes. This has numerous advantages: we get to know the cat’s personality and can match them to an appropriate forever home; the cats become familiar with the sights and sounds of every day home life; and they are happy and safe while waiting for their forever family to find them.
Our foster homes decide what kind of cat(s) they are able to foster, and for how long. You choose whether to foster kittens or adults, pregnant cats or moms with babies. Those with specialized training or interests can foster bottle babies or special needs cats.
Foster homes must :
- Have a room that cats can be quarantined in for a minimum of 14 days, separate from all other pets
- Either own their home, or have written landlord approval to have a foster cat(s) if they rent
- Ensure their owned animal(s) are up to date on vaccines and spayed/neutered
- Be willing to have potential adopters come to their home to meet with their foster cat, as well as take them to Adoption Events
Check out the Foster Home Agreement for more detailed information.