A foster home is
the most important part of rescue! Rescues can be coordinated but without the dedication of people who open their homes
to care for these rescues, the cats are still in peril!
A foster home
provides the "between" time: the time the cats spends from the shelter to the permanent home. When a cat
is rescued from a high kill shelter, it will likely be very scared, and possibly ill because it has been so stressed.
A foster will take this poor frightened cat in and give it good food, fresh water, protection and love! The foster
may need to rehabilitate the kitty, so that it will accept human love or overcome behavioral problems. The foster
may need to nurse it to health if there are health problems.
dedication and commitment ...mixed in with a desire for knowledge of how to provide better care for the cat!
The foster needs to be willing to open his or her heart and home to a rescued kitty.
must be willing to care for the rescued cat from the time it's put into foster care until it is adopted. This
could be weeks ...or months.
must be willing to put the time and effort into the care and rehabilitation of the cat. Sometimes these animals
come from bad or abusive environments, and need to understand how to love again! Sometimes they need to be
re-trained to use a litter box…or even eat without feeling threatened.
foster is a family, the whole family must be dedicated to these goals. Being a foster home can, at times, be
difficult. A successful foster home is one in which everyone works together for the welfare of the cat!
Please make sure that everyone who will be involved in caring for the cat will be dedicated to
the cat's well-being!
Foster homes are
responsible for providing a loving home, premium food, fresh water, healthy treats, and safe toys for the cat. They are also responsible for protecting their own cats through maintaining a quarantine until it is determined to be safe to relax such safeguards.
A foster will be responsible for
evaluating the rescue kitty, to ensure that the cats are placed in homes suitable to the cats’ needs. For instance,
a home with young children, dogs or people who work long hours may not be suitable homes for some cats.
1. In the
many cases, "vetting" is done at the shelter or on the way to foster. However, in rare cases
this is not possible or becomes necessary for an illness that arises. If not
done previously, you may be responsible for taking the cat to the vet for spay/neuter, FIV/FeLV testing, initial flea treatment, worming, and/or rabies or routine vaccination. These
may be paid
for by the rescue. The rescue may want to use their own vet or use yours after the prices are
negotiated with the vet by the rescuer in charge. In some cases, the costs
may be your responsibility - your foster contract should state clearly
whether you are responsible for such bills and, if there is a risk of
financial cost to you and under what circumstances.
2. Medications and further vetting,
if pre-approved by the rescue.
3. Generally advertising is
handled by the rescue.
There can be. That is why it is necessary to ensure that, as a foster home, your own cats are fully vaccinated, and of course, healthy! It is also important that a quiet area for
quarantine be provided. This is the best and safest way to evaluate the needs of the rescue cat, as well as provide the best care possible for each individual situation.
There is also a BIG risk that you will experience a sense of loss when the rescued cat gets adopted. All good rescuers/fosters realize this risk. However, the sense of accomplishment and eventual joy that comes with knowing that a cat has been saved and is in a loving home far outbalances the initial risk!
Fostering is not always an easy job Fostering can be exhausting,
Fostering is often challenging,
Fostering costs money
It can be painful to let go/adopt out
a foster cat.....
BUT, fostering can be THE MOST rewarding and fulfilling thing a true cat lover will ever do!
There are many shelters and rescues would relish an application to foster. PCBR primarily uses foster homes in emergency situations and then transfers the animals to an affiliated rescue for placement.
However, we do use a few experienced, tried and trusted foster homes for longer term care and placement.
If you are interested and have any questions, just
ask! If you foster for PCBR and have internet access, once you are
approved to foster, you will be expected to provide routine updates on cats
in your care a regular basis and get approval for veterinary care. If you
don't have internet access, we do have a toll free number for you to call.
Step 1. Fill out the Foster Questionnaire and read our Policies and Procedures
Step 2. Have your vet fill out our Veterinary Reference form and FAX it to 815-455-3452.
Step 3. Submit the form and wait for the screening process to occur.
Step 4. You will be notified if we need more information...or if your application is approved.
Step 5. You will need to sign a foster contract and FAX it to 815-455-3452.
Step 6. Wait for us to approve you, then, if approved, wait for your first foster kitty to arrive!
If you have any questions,
Thank you for taking the time to read this information and for caring!
Realistically, the more foster homes that are available, the more cats
that can be rescued.
Please consider helping, by becoming an approved foster home for PCBR or
another rescue or for a shelter!