Foster Care Program
Simply put, fosters save lives.
There is not a more personal way to help animals than by becoming a foster parent. Opening your home to a cat or dog from Friends of Strays means you have the opportunity to increase the quality of life for a homeless animal and open much-needed cage space so that we can rescue another animal.
Many of the animals needing foster homes are special needs animals who are not doing well in the shelter environment and need a home in order to thrive. We also have a need for families/individuals willing to foster pregnant cats, nursing moms, & bottle kittens.
All supplies and information are provided by Friends of Strays. For our foster families that choose to provide their own food and litter, we are happy to provide a receipt for tax purposes.
If you are interested in fostering one of our pets or want more information on our foster program, please email our Foster Coordinator at [email protected].
If you are a current foster family and need a copy of our Foster Manual please send an email to [email protected] with Foster Manual Request as the subject line.
Who Needs Fostering?
Fostering for weaned kittens can be so much fun! This is when the kittens are most active and begin to show off their little purrsonalities. Weaned kittens usually only need a foster home for a few weeks. During this time, socialization is very important so these kittens begin to associate humans with love and cuddles. These little ones need to hit 2 pounds before they can come back to the shelter for their spay/neuter surgery, so meal time should be all the time.
Mom and Babies
Fostering a momma cat and her babies is so rewarding. It's incredible to see how mom instinctly knows just what to do. However, it's still important to keep an eye on all the kittens even though it looks like mom has it handled. She'll be in charge of feeding and cleaning, but sometimes mom can get lazy and that's when you'll need to step in. You should also begin the handling and socialization of these kittens. Fostering for mom and babies can last up to 10 weeks.
Fostering for bottle babies is the most time consuming of all fostering. These tiny and adorable kittens need round-the-clock care: feeding every 2 to 3 hours, hygiene care, and stimulation to urinate and defecate. If you begin fostering when they're young enough, you'll get to see them just begin to open their eyes around day 10 and begin adventuring their small world soon after. Bottle baby fostering can last up to 10 weeks.