We always need to find new volunteer Cat Foster Carers who can provide a safe and calm foster home for our cats, including pregnant mums and their kittens.
Becoming a Cat Foster Carer means you are helping to prepare cats of all ages for their permanent homes by getting them used to a domestic lifestyle and handling by humans or monitoring their recovery following treatment by our vets.
What type of cats will I foster?
Foster families care for felines of all ages while we find them permanent homes. This can be helping new mums care for litters, hand-rearing orphan kittens or looking after adult cats who need the peace and quiet of a home while they recover from medical treatment.
Occasionally we will have a stressed cat that requires foster but these are rare. We will always ensure the cat is suitable for you and will discuss all the details of the cat with you first so you are fully informed.
What do I need to do as a Cat Foster Carer?
- Care for all the cats needs – feeding, grooming, training, socialising
- Be willing to follow our guidance and regulations on training and handling
- Be happy to play a part in the rehoming process by providing photos, videos and regular updates via email
- Be able to get to our centre to attend clinic or rehoming appointments, sometimes at short notice
What are the requirements to become a Cat Foster Carer?
- A secure spare room
- Compassion, empathy and the appreciation that every cat is an individual
- Enthusiasm for training
- Experience with looking after cats, particularly kittens
- Living within one hour of one of our three centres and are able to travel to a centre when required, sometimes at short notice (where appropriate taxis can be provided to transport the animal to and from the centre once on foster)
- Do not have young children (those with older children may be considered)
- Have no other pets - although if you have another cat you may still be able to foster kittens who have no mum.
Ideally we would like people to commit to us on a long term basis as the cats that need fostering require a nice stable environment which in turn requires commitment from the Cat Foster Carer. Each individual foster case will vary; two to three weeks up to three months and sometimes even longer if they are struggling to find a home.
What does a Cat Foster Carer get?
- Training in cat behaviour and welfare
- Regular contact with our Volunteer team
- Veterinary and behavioural support
- Most importantly you will know you are helping some of our most vulnerable cats while they wait for a happy home.
What's the process to become a Cat Foster Carer?
1. Submit your application
Please fill in our application form with as much information as possible. You will receive an automatic email as confirmation that we’ve received your application. Please note that although we accept applications throughout the month, we only assess them in the first week of each month. We will be in touch during this week to conduct your informal telephone interview.
You can apply to foster both dogs and cats but it is very unlikely you would ever have them at the same time.
2. Arrange a home visit
If you are successful, we will arrange a home visit. These usually take around 20 minutes and are carried out by one of our friendly Home Visit Volunteers. They will be noting things such as how secure your home is and which animals would be best suited to your household. Home visits are generally very relaxed and help us establish your needs as a foster career and which animals you may be able to help the most.
Ideally we look for homes that provide a nice calm environment without too many people living in the house and not too many coming and goings.
If your home visit is passed, we will email to confirm and put you on our foster list ready for a cat to be fostered.
All food, equipment, support and training is provided before taking a cat home and throughout the foster period.
If you're ready to become a Cat Foster Carer, get started by filling in our application form.