01/31/2018 | tips and tricks
Have you always dreamed of having a cat, but don’t have the possibility of adopting one at the moment? Would you like to adopt a second cat, or have a cat in addition to your other animals, but would prefer to test the reaction of your current pets to a newcomer? Perhaps you would simply like to do a good deed and get involved in the feline cause. If so, you may be interested in fostering one or more cats on a temporary basis from a cat rescue association.
What exactly is a foster family?
Everywhere you look, associations are doing great work to rescue and care for abandoned or abused animals. Many of these associations don’t have physical premises and are fully reliant on volunteers to host the animals they have rescued while they wait for them to be adopted. Sometimes shelters also need foster families for certain animals who are either too sick or too old and are therefore not suited to community life.
Am I eligible to become a foster family?
You can become a foster family regardless of whether you live by yourself, with your partner or in shared accommodation. Cat protection associations are simply looking for people who are motivated and ready to get involved with the cats that will be entrusted to them. You can of course work, but you must be prepared to spend time every day playing with the cat, educating them and pampering them!
So, how exactly does it work?
To become a foster family, you can reply to an ad or contact an animal protection association directly. The association will then ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your situation (type of home, whether you have children, other pets, etc.) the number of cats you would like to host and, in some cases, their characteristics (kitten or older cat, sick cat, etc.). Veterinary expenses are always covered by the association and some also cover the cost of food.