Foster "parents" are volunteers who take MCSPCA cats into their homes and care for them until they are ready for adoption. It's a great way to volunteer from home.
2. Which animals need fostering?
All of them! Since we do not operate a shelter, all of the animals we accept into our organization must be fostered. Animals that come into our organization include:
While some volunteers end up adopting their foster pets, please note that the foster program is not for people who want to "try out" an animal prior to adoption. It is intended to provide one-on-one attention in a home environment for animals, in order to best prepare them for adoption.
3. What would I be expected to do as a foster parent?
4. Would I be responsible for finding the animal a permanent home?
No. We hold regularly scheduled events at local pet stores where prospective adopters can come and meet our cats. Our screening process includes a written application, an interview with an adoption counselor, a subsequent vet check, and sometimes a home check.
5. What if I need to go out of town?
If you can make arrangements for your foster animal to be cared for by a responsible petsitter or other caregiver, that’s fine. Otherwise, the MCSPCA will be responsible for providing temporary housing for your foster animal(s) while you are away.
6. What if I already have pets of my own?
If you are fostering a cat or kittens, we ask that they be kept separate from your pets, at least initially. A spare room will suffice, or we can provide a cage if appropriate. In the case of some foster dogs, we will work to match a dog compatible with your own.
7. How long would I keep the animal?
There are many variables when fostering, but in general we ask for a 3-month commitment. If you are only willing or able to foster for a couple of weeks, this program probably isn’t for you. We feel strongly that we need to set an example for the community by spaying and neutering all of our animals prior to adoption, so please keep in mind that kittens remain in foster care until they have been spayed/neutered at 3-4 months of age. We understand that circumstances can change and you can return an animal at any time if it becomes necessary. Please carefully consider the commitment up front because if an animal has to be moved it requires availability of another foster volunteer and it’s stressful to the animal.
8. Would I be responsible for my foster animal's vet expenses?
No. The MCSPCA will provide and pay for the animal's veterinary care and medications, as approved by the MCSPCA veterinarian. The MCSPCA can also loan litter boxes, food/water bowls, cat bed, and cage if needed. The foster parent is expected to purchase food and litter for the foster pet, unless the pet is on a prescription diet or unless purchasing the items would create a hardship.
9. How do I become a foster "parent"?
To foster a dog, please email email@example.com. To foster a cat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org For information on how to write to us, see our contact page.