If you are on the fence about starting the incredibly rewarding life of fostering, just know that fostering saves lives! Yes, we have the cottage for cats to live in, but it is not always the best place for those cats or kittens who are either too young to be in the shelter or to cats who have medical issues or may be extremely stressed in a room with other cats.
Typically, we need fosters to help with kittens more so than cats. Adult cats do not tend to adjust well when they are constantly moved around, so it is healthier for them to stay in the cottage and get more exposure to potential adopters than to being repeatedly stressed out. From time to time we may need a foster for a cat if they require medication, hospice or just a little extra love if they are not thriving in the cottage.
but, kitten season is here!
If you have ever popped into the Cottage between April and November, you probably noticed the crazy amount of kittens in pods pretty much all over the place. That is because it is kitten season and we tend to be overwhelmed with them!
This influx of kittens is when we most need fosters! We typically give our fosters a litter of kittens which would be anywhere from 2-5 kittens at a time. They would commit to keeping them for 1-3 months (taking them to and from the shelter every 2 weeks for shots) until they have enough vaccinations, and they are spayed and old enough to come into the shelter.
Young kittens are not safe in shelters for a few reasons, but mainly because they do not have developed immune systems so it is likely that they would be at risk near so many other cats. Kittens need a series of vaccines before coming into the cottage for this very reason. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions and concerns.
You are saving a life!
A cat can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%
It is a shorter commitment
A fostered kitten is usually a socialized kitty, and they tend to get adopted more quickly
You might just meet your new best friend
If you have other fur babies, they might like having a new sibling
It can teach your kids valuable lessons
A cat's purr is thanks enough
You of course you get first dibs on adoption