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What is "Fostering"?

Fostering is the primary way that Kitten Rescue is able to save about a thousand cats and kittens each year.  Our animals come to us through many channels, mostly from shelters or as rescues off the street. Our volunteers take these cats in, clean them up, get them healthy, and shower them with love until their forever home is found.  We ask that foster parents treat their foster cats as if they were "resident cats", giving them all the affection and attention that every cat deserves.

Fostering can be a challenging experience at times, but the result is always rewarding.

Foster Parent Responsibilities

Fostering is fun, but it does require a little bit of work.  While the most important aspect is to provide a loving home, it does help to stay organized and put in the effort to find a good home for your foster cat.  We ask that each of our fosters...

1. Provide the food, litter, litterbox, and other basic supplies associated with cat care.

2. Provide a safe and loving shelter for their foster cat, with regular attention so that the cat is comfortable around people.

3. Ensure that the cat is healthy and meets Kitten Rescue's medical standards (spayed/neutered, tested for FIV & FeLV, vaccinated, dewormed, treated for fleas, and microchipped), as well as seeking medical attention when necessary. 

4. Find a good home for each foster cat with the help of Kitten Rescue's resources.

Don't worry, you don't have to be an experienced foster or even an experienced cat owner!  You just have to have a love for animals and a willingness to learn - we'll teach you all the rest!

 
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Ready to Start Fostering?

If you're ready to begin, please fill out our Foster Application here.  Our Foster Coordinator will contact you in a few days to provide further details about fostering and let you know when the next training session will be.

Questions?  Check out our FAQs below.  Still have questions?  Email our Foster Coordinator.

Los Angeles

Kitten Rescue is located in Los Angeles, California in the United States.  Fostering with us works best if you live close to our weekend adoption venues and partner veterinarians.  This includes Pasadena, Burbank, West LA, Santa Monica, the San Fernando Valley, and Stevenson Ranch.

If you don't live near any of the above areas, we recommend contacting a no-kill rescue organization near you.

 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I get attached to my foster cat?
It happens.  After all, we wouldn't be animal-lovers if we didn't fall in love with every animal that came through our doors.  A number of foster parents have adopted one or more of their foster cats.  In these cases, Kitten Rescue simply asks that the foster/adopter pay the regular adoption fee to cover medical costs.  Of course, a foster parent should always remember:

For every animal that I adopt out, I am gaining the space to save one more life.

How long does it take for a cat to get adopted?
This is a tricky question to answer because there are many factors that determine when a cat will get adopted.  Adopters sometimes look for certain traits or breeds, which may make certain cats more desirable.  People generally prefer kittens, leaving our sweet and affectionate teens and adults overlooked for months or, in some cases, years.  However, ensuring that your cat is "on the adoption circuit" vastly increases its' likelihood of getting adopted quickly.  This means regular attendance of adoption events and maintaining the cat's webposting online.  

Do you have a Foster-to-Adopt program?
No.  Kitten Rescue does not do Foster-to-Adopt.  However, we do offer a 7-day grace period after the adoption contract is signed; if the adopter feels that the cat is not a good match, we will take the cat back and refund the entire adoption fee.

And, of course, because most of are cats are in foster care, the foster parent can give a full summary of the cat's health and personality, right down to their favorite toys and their preferred method of drinking water!  Looking for a cat who drinks water straight out of the tap?  We've got a few of those!

Can I foster if I already have a cat or dog?
Of course!  Many of our foster parents have a resident cat or dog (or exotic bird or tropical fish) in the house.  We teach our foster parents how to integrate their foster animals with their resident animals in a way that is healthy, safe, and still allows the resident animal to reign supreme!

What if I only want to foster kittens/teens/adults?
When you attend your foster training session, you will tell the Foster Coordinator what your restrictions are and what kind of cat you'd like to foster.  The Foster Coordinator will then find you a foster cat that accommodates your criteria.

What is a "bottle baby"?
"Bottle baby" is our term for kittens who have not been weaned and are too young to eat solid food on their own.  Generally these kittens are younger than 4 weeks old and caring for them requires a fair amount of experience and a lot of dedication.  Bottle babies need to be fed every 2-8 hours around the clock, so many of our bottle-feeders work from home or take the kittens to work with them.  Additionally, kittens these young are unable to urinate and defecate on their own.  Normally, a mother cat will stimulate these kittens to go to the bathroom, but without a momcat, guess who gets that responsibility?

If you are interested in becoming a bottle feeder, we do host bottle baby classes throughout the year. 

Is there an age restriction to foster with Kitten Rescue?
Yes, you must be 21 years or older to foster.  If you are under 21, you may foster alongside a parent or guardian who is required to accompany you to the training session.

I am currently caring for some cats that I would like to find new homes for. Can Kitten Rescue help?
If you already have cats that you would like to find homes for, you should consider our Community Foster Program.  This program was created for people who are looking to rehome their exisiting cats, or have rescued independently and could use some help in finding good homes.  While Community Foster parents are required to cover the cost of their cats' medical bills, Kitten Rescue can help provide resources for low or no-cost vaccinations, medications, and vet appointments (including spay/neuter services).  Community Foster parents are also encouraged to show their cats at Kitten Rescue's weekend adoption events and post them on our website.

This program is ideal for people who do not wish to foster after their current cat(s) has been adopted.

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Contact our Foster Coordinator by e-mail

Download a Foster Application

Click Here to fill out an Online Foster Application


Donations to Kitten Rescue are tax-deductible and receipts are available upon request.