Cat Depot would not be able to save so many lives without its dedicated foster parents! 

Our foster care program provides temporary safe and loving homes to kittens and cats until they can return to our center and be adopted by their new family. This program offers a second chance to many animals who would not thrive in a shelter environment. 
 
Fostering is eligible for teen community service hours. A great family project!
 
Animals enter the foster program because they are not ready for adoption, either because of behavioral reasons or because they are too young, sick, or injured.  Animals that have been in the shelter for extended stays can also benefit from time in a stable and nurturing home environment.  Fostering can last for as little as a few days, or as long as 4-8 weeks, depending on the case.
 
It's easy to become a foster parent, just apply for our volunteer program today by clicking here and choosing the Foster option: Volunteer Online Application Form. After an in-person interview and participation in our orientation and foster training class, selected volunteer applicants can begin fostering, based on the need of Cat Depot.
 
 

 

Cat Depot Foster KittenFoster and Bottle Feeding Training Class

Once you’ve taken this class, you will be ready to take your first foster cat or kitten home. This not only helps the cat in your care, it also makes space at Cat Depot to save more lives!

 

  

This class provides the following tools to help you be a successful foster parent: 

  • Cat Depot’s Foster Home Requirements
  • The Joys of Fostering
  • The Risks Involved in Fostering
  • Fostering Pregnant Cats
  • Fostering Kittens
  • Fostering Bottle-Babies
  • Fostering Adults
  • Supplies Needed
  • Veterinary Care 

 

Cat Depot Foster Bottle Feeding Kitten

Fostering infant kittens that need to be bottle-fed can be rewarding, yet challenging. It requires a greater commitment and round-the-clock care.

You can find out if bottle-feeding is for you by taking the second half-hour of the course. 

Download the Cat Depot Bottle-Feeding Manual

 

As part of the training, you will also learn about: 

  • How to Bottle-Feed a Kitten
  • How Often to Feed
  • How Much to Feed
  • The Importance of Warmth
  • Elimination Stimulation
  • Weaning Kittens
  • Kitten Growth Stages
  • Supplies Needed
  • Veterinary Care 



Ready to Apply?

Apply for our volunteer program today by clicking here and choosing the Foster option: Volunteer Online Application Form. After an in-person interview and participation in our orientation and foster training class, selected volunteer applicants can begin fostering based on the need of Cat Depot.

Apply to be a foster parent at Cat Depot

 



Questions?

Please contact us at volunteer@catdepot.org
 

 

Cat Depot Foster KittensPoints to Consider


Almost anyone can become a successful foster parent with a little education, flexibility, and commitment. There are, however, some important points to consider.

  • Foster animals must be kept separate from all resident animals
  • You must commit to spending the minimum amount of time with your foster animals
  • You must be able to bring the animals to the hospital for check-ups and urgent care
  • You must agree to bring the foster animals back to the Cat Depot at the end of the foster period
  • You must document treatment dates (if required to treat foster animals with Advantage or a de-wormer)
  • You cannot give vaccines to foster animals

 

Foster Program Requirements
 

  • You must be 18 years of age
  • You must complete a apply to become a volunteer and click the foster option
  • Upon approval, you must complete and sign a Foster Care Agreement
  • You must provide required weight, medication and/or behavioral records for foster animal(s) while in your care
  • You must maintain consistent feeding schedules and daily care
  • You must uphold a disease-free, safe and nurturing environment
  • You must provide daily play time and a loving foundation for cats and kittens in your care
  • You must allow inspection of home and location where foster cats/kittens will live

 

Note: Services performed by Foster Parents are voluntary, and without salary, compensation, or employment.

 

To read the story "Why Did I Become a Foster?" click here

 


Ready to Apply?

Apply for our volunteer program today by clicking here and choosing the Foster option: Volunteer Online Application Form. After an in-person interview and participation in our orientation and foster training class, selected volunteer applicants can begin fostering based on the need of Cat Depot.

Apply to be a foster parent at Cat Depot

 

Questions?

Please contact us at volunteer@catdepot.org
 

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