Fostering Cats and Kittens
The number of kitties we are able to help depends only on the number of foster homes we have. Please consider volunteering for this rewarding and urgently needed role. No special skills or facilities are required to foster – just a warm and safe place (even a spare bathroom is better than being homeless), some food, water, a litter box and most importantly – LOTS OF LOVE.
We desperately need foster homes to temporarily care for homeless cats and kittens until a permanent adoptive home is found. Fostering is a wonderful way to give a cat or kitten a second chance for a happy life. The Feline Foundation covers all veterinary expenses and all kitties are checked by a vet, have tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV and, if old enough, are vaccinated before they are placed in foster care.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
If you want the wonderful experience of fostering moms and their kittens, you should count on a commitment of several months–due dates are hard to predict, kittens must stay with mom until they are at least 8 weeks old and mom will stay with you until she is adopted, too.
In general, younger cats are adopted more quickly than older cats.
FFGW is responsible for all medical expenses and decisions, but we depend upon our foster volunteers to MONITOR THE FOSTER CAT’S HEALTH and alert us to any problems. All vet care must be preauthorized by an FFGW representative and must be performed at an approved veterinary hospital.
We ask the foster family to provide the SAME HIGH QUALITY CARE YOU WOULD PROVIDE YOUR OWN PET: adequate food and water, a clean litter box (sharing with resident pets is okay after an initial adjustment period, during which we recommend isolating the newcomer for everyone’s benefit and comfort) and lots of loving attention. You will also be responsible for picking up your new foster kitty from a local vet hospital, taking your fosters to follow-up vet appointments, and helping in the Adoption process by sharing information and pictures about your foster.
For additional information about fostering, check out our Frequently Asked Questions on our Foster Details page.
Fostering a pet can provide
Children with nurturing skills, responsibility, empathy, higher self-esteem and improved social skills
Adults with a lowered stress, loneliness and anxiety
Feline Foundation of Greater Washington
Formed in 1995, the mission of the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington is to provide necessary veterinary and loving foster care for every animal in our program, to find them permanent, adoptive homes where they will be treated with love and respect for the rest of their lives, to provide foster care for life if no adoptive home can be found, and to educate the public regarding responsible cat care. We are a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 54-1749459) .