Become One of Our Fosters
Help bridge the gap between life and death...become a kitty foster parent today!
Being a "Kitty Foster Parent" requires a serious commitment of time, energy, and effort. Although it is not an easy job, it can certainly be an incredibly rewarding experience.
Please CONTACT US if your are interested in fostering a cat.
have some of the biggest hearts around."
- Susan Easterly
What is Fostering?
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO KEEP THE KITTY?
- Length of stay varies from a few days to several months.
- In rare occasions, a foster cat may need to stay even longer.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT FOR FERAL PAWS RESCUE GROUP?
- Commitment to providing good care to the kitties. Having adequate time, living space and financial resources to provide for the foster cat/kitten.
- Knowledge and experience caring for cats/kittens, with genuine concern and compassion for this wonderful creature.
- At Feral Paws Rescue, we also want our foster parents to possess a knowledge and awareness of the pet overpopulation problem, and be committed to working towards a solution and not contributing to the problem.
- Reliability and dependability are crucial. If you take a kitty to foster, we have to know that you will commit to keep that kitty until a home is found.
- At this stage of our growth, it would be best if our foster homes are located in and around the Fresno, CA -or- Lancaster, CA -or- Rosemond, CA areas. Our main rescue and adoption center is located in Fresno, California. The shelter we mainly pull cats and kittens from is in the Lancaster area (Los Angeles).
I BELIEVE I WOULD BE A GOOD FOSTER PARENT...WHAT DO I DO NOW?
To become a foster parent with Feral Paws Rescue Group, you must complete the following forms:
- Basic Volunteer Application
- Foster Parent Application
- Veterinarian Reference Form
- Volunteer Agreement and Liability Waiver
After completion of your forms, you will be required to have a personal interview, including an on-site home visit, with one of our board members. It will also be necessary for you to affirm your agreement with the Policies of Feral Paws Rescue Group. (see below)
Adoption and Foster Policies for...
- Adoptive and Foster Homes must keep all cats indoors
- Existing cats within the home must be tested negative for both Feline Leukemia (FeLeuk) and Feline Immuniodeficiency Virus (FIV)
- Existing animals must be current on vaccinations
- Existing cats in the home must be spayed or neutered
- No declawing is permitted
- No cats or kittens may be given as gifts
- No cat may be given to another person. If the adopter or foster parent is no longer able to keep the cat, the cat must be given back to Feral Paws Rescue Group
- Adoption applications are good for six (6) months from the date of approval. After that time, a new interview and vet reference check will be required.
- No kittens will be placed alone in homes
- Kittens will be adopted out in pairs, with litter-mates and or the mother
- When a litter-mate, the mother, or another cat is not available, the kitten will only be adopted into a home where there is another cat, unless the primary caregiver is home almost all the time
- Kittens will only be placed in homes with dogs and small children after a thorough screening, with may include a home visit
- Kittens will not be placed in homes with children under the age of 5
- Spay/Neuter document is required within the time period noted on the adoption application
- If the adopter does not provide any requested documents in a specified amount of time, the kitten will be removed and returned to Feral Paws Rescue Group
- No microchip number will be released out of the Feral Paws Rescue Group name, until proof of S/N document has been returned to us.