Fosterer

Fosterers provide a temporary home for the cats and kittens in our care, looking after them until they join a new family. You will have the immensely rewarding task of helping cats through difficult times and on to a caring and loving home. If you love cats and aren’t put off by those who may be a little rough around the edges, fostering could be for you.

Our fosterers:

  • give up one or more rooms in their homes to provide a foster space for cats or kittens. This may be for as short a time as a week, or for several months until the cat is rehomed
  • spend time with their foster cats (e.g. playing, grooming, socialising) so they continue to feel part of a family during their stay
  • welcome prospective adopters into their homes to meet the foster cats in their care
  • collect the cats and transport them to vets appointments
  • give preventative flea and worm treatments when due to help keep the cats healthy, in addition to any prescription medicines needed

Foster cats:

  • are all vet checked, microchipped, vaccinated and neutered (if old enough) prior to rehoming
  • do not mix with the fosterer's family cats or play in their garden
  • have full access to everything in the room in which they are fostered (flooring, furniture,walls, doors, curtains and so on)  so it is important to consider the consequences of scratching or litter tray mishaps

The branch:

  • supplies start-up cat kit (litter trays, feeding bowls, beds etc.)
  • covers all necessary vet treatment during the time the cat is with you
  • reimburses the cost of foster cat food and litter
  • has experienced cat care volunteers who can give advice on cat care behaviour and health issues

If you are interested in fostering for us and would like more information please call us on 01202 946 303 or email coordinator@bournemouth.cats.org.uk.