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Are you an animal lover? Please think about fostering a cat. This selfless act frees up valuable space in shelters, so they can take care of more cats. What’s more, you’ll be giving the animal a more natural, relaxing environment until he/she is ready for adoption.
Learn more about fostering in our Foster FAQs section below. Then, check out some of our foster partners, including OAR, Cincinnati Animal CARE, SPCA and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to fill out an application.
Fostering is like adoption but shorter. In other words, you provide a temporary home for a cat that is currently living in a local shelter. It’s a great way to see if adoption is right for you.
Anyone who loves cats and has the space! Shelters will provide you with care instructions and answer any questions you might have. No special training or skills are required to foster.
Um, this isn’t necessarily the best reason to foster a cat. But yes. The answer is yes.
Fostering frees up space in shelters, so we can take care of more cats. Fostering also provides cats with a more natural and relaxing environment until they’re ready for adoption.
Depends on the age of the cat. Typically cats require foster care for about 1-3 weeks, sometimes longer. Kittens are fostered until they’re old enough for spay/neuter.
Contrary to what you might’ve heard, this does not happen very often. If it does, we recommend having an open and honest discussion with all your feline friends.
This is fine as long as you tell us. Also, please ask your vet before fostering to ensure your pets are healthy and up-to-date on vaccines. If your cat is allowed outdoors, he/she should not interact with your foster cat.
Not as much as you might think. Some shelters will even provide necessary food, litter and veterinary care. It depends on the cat, the shelter and your situation.
While we prefer that you use the cat’s given name, what goes on in your own home behind closed doors is your own business. As long as the cat is safe and healthy.
Of course! You still need to fill out an application and go through the full adoption process, ideally before you turn the cat back in. That way, we can ensure the cat is still available.