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Become a foster

Are you ready to make a lasting impact on a cat's life? Consider becoming a cat foster parent. As a foster, you provide a safe and loving temporary home for cats in need. By opening your heart and home, you give them a chance to heal, socialize, and prepare for their forever homes. 

 

Letting a cat stay in your home while it finds an adoptive family is a very rewarding, but can sometimes be a challenging experience, so please read the information below before submitting an application.

Fostering role

As a foster parent, you will work closely with the rescue to be sure your cat(s)/kitten(s) is ready for adoption, both medically and socially. 

 

At its core, foster families are required to provide a comfortable, clean, loving space for their foster cat(s). They should be given two meals a day, (we can provide food), have access to fresh water and a clean litter box.

​It is important that as a foster you understand the risks and responsibilities that fostering entails. If you have other pets, the foster cats should be kept in a separate room or space from your animals at all times until they are spay/neutered, tested for contagious diseases, treated for parasites, vaccinated and proven to be able to co-exist with other animals.

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fostering process

Fosters should spend time with their foster cats by playing with or petting them. In some cases, foster cats might be shy or under-socialized and in need of additional one-on-one time to help them build confidence and have a greater chance at finding an adopter.

 

Once a foster cat is medically-cleared for adoption, foster parents should share photos, videos and information about their foster cat's personality likes and dislikes so that we can find the perfect adoptive home for them.

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applying to foster

We are only looking for individuals that can commit to being a long-term foster, which usually requires a 3-8 week commitment per cat/kitten/litter. If you are interested in a foster-to-adopt scenario, please include that in your application.

Please Note:

  • We cannot guarantee that we will have a cat/kitten to place with you. If your application is approved, you will be contacted if we require your assistance.

  • Fosters are not paid wages or a salary. This is a volunteer-only position

  • All fosters must commit to fostering only for Coastal Cat Rescue. This is standard for many animal shelters/rescues and helps to prevent un-vaccinated and un-tested animals from mingling with the foster animals.

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