Fostering is caring for a rescued animal in your own home until a permanent adopter is found. It is the primary way that Kitten Rescue is able to rescue over a thousand cats and kittens annually — because of our foster volunteers. Our animals come to us through many channels, mostly from shelters or off the street. Our foster volunteers take these cats in, clean them up, get them healthy, and shower them with love until a forever home is found.
You don’t have to be an animal expert to foster with us. All you need is a safe home, a willingness to learn, and a love of animals. We’ll help you with the rest!
Kitten Rescue is located in Los Angeles, California. Fostering with us works best if you live close to our weekend adoption venues and partner veterinarians. This includes areas such as 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 to get involved with.
Fostering with Kitten Rescue is a lot of fun! We encourage our foster parents to treat their foster cat(s) like resident cats, giving them the love and attention that every animal deserves.
We cover all medical costs. We ask that our foster parents provide the food, litter, and other basic supplies associated with cat care. Depending on the fostering experience you choose, you may be required to bring your cat(s) in for vaccinations, vet appointments, and weekend adoption events.
Eager to foster a litter of adorable fluffy kittens? Hoping for some peaceful company with a mellow adult? Looking to really make a difference by caring for a special needs cat? You tell us who you would like to foster. We’ll match you with a foster cat (or cats) based on your requests and experience.
After you attend the foster orientation, you’ll have a better idea of what type of fostering would suit your lifestyle best. Kittens are a lot of fun and oh-so-cute! Adults are generally easier, with fewer vet visits and more nap-times!
Bottle babies are orphaned kittens that are still too young to eat solid food on their own. They’re usually under four weeks old. Without a mom-cat to feed and clean them, it’s up to us to make sure these little ones survive.
We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming bottle-feeders. This requires a serious commitment, as very young kittens may need feeding as often as every two hours. This type of fostering is best for people who stay at home, work from home, or are able to bring tiny kittens to work every day.
As the foster parent, you get to decide on who adopts your foster cats. We understand that you care about your animals — you wouldn’t be fostering if you didn’t! We provide the guidelines and resources you’ll need to find the perfect home for each of your fosters. You get to choose who seems to be the best match with your foster, and would provide the best home.
Of course, a foster parent should always remember: For every animal that you adopt out, you are gaining the space to save one more life.