Fosters are the heart of our organization.
So many of the cats we rescue come from uncertain and unsafe environments. Many have been picked up as strays or abandoned by their owners. Regardless of their past, transitioning into our program can sometimes be traumatic. Our foster homes provide a stable, nurturing environment for cats when they first join us, making that transition a little easier.
By fostering you will not only take care of the cats in a physical sense, but also rehabilitate them psychologically. By spending time with the cats, giving nothing more than a caress and a reassuring voice, can help that animal start to trust people again. That trust and comfort around people is an integral part of helping the pet find a new, loving home.
Our Fosters' Role
Foster homes are our direct connection to cats in need. They are are responsible for choosing (or having our foster home coordinator choose) pets to foster, scheduling and transporting to and from vet appointments, ensuring that they are well-socialized and trained, and feeding and grooming while pets are in their care.
Foster homes care for our rescues until can be moved to our adoption center, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to months, depending on the care they need (the longest usually being pregnant momma cats). Different homes choose to foster different kinds of cats or kittens. While some choose to foster only adult cats, others specialize in bottle babies (orphaned kittens), or pregnant momma cats. Because of all the time fosters spend with the cats and kittens in a home environment, they also get final approval on adoptions of their foster cats.
How it works
The first step is getting signed up. Future foster homes must talk to our cat foster coordinator and fill out our foster agreement before they are able to choose any cats for the program.
Once a foster home is established they find cats in need (often through SCRAPS) and bring them into their home and our program. The foster home is responsible for housing and caring for the cat until it is able to be moved to our adoption center or the Spokane Valley PetSmart for adoption.
While the cat is in foster care it must be spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, tested for major feline diseases, and get all of its necessary shots and any other necessary veterinary care. Depending on the needs of the cat it may stay in foster care for weeks or months. Often the cats that stay in foster care the longest are pregnant momma cats because it is necessary for them to carry the kittens to term, and stay with them until they are weaned and the mother cat may be spayed, then the kittens also stay until they are big enough (two months old and/or two pounds) to be spayed/neutered.
After a cat has been moved to our adoption center or adoption location at the Spokane Valley PetSmart the foster’s job isn’t done. If a cat has any health issues or needs to be removed from the center for any reason we call the foster first. The foster home also has final approval on all adoptions of their foster kitties, since they know them best.