Where do the foster cats come from?
There are different situations that may result in a cat needing to go into a foster home. If a cat develops an illness while at the Kitty City NM Adoption Center and the illness needs to be treated before the cat is adopted, we will find a foster home for the cat. Or if a cat is in a shelter and has a known medical condition that requires treatment, we will do our best to find that cat a foster home. Kittens that need to be bottle fed, or are too young to be adopted.
What do foster families need to provide?
Foster families need to provide:
- A healthy and safe environment for their foster cats
- Transportation to and from the adoption center and all vet appointments as needed
- Socialization and cuddle time to help teach the cats about positive family and pet relationships
- Lots of exercise and positive stimulation to help them develop into great cats
How much time do I need to spend with a foster cat?
As much time as you can. With that said, the amount of time will vary depending on the energy level and needs of the cat you are fostering. It is ideal to spend around two hours a day socializing and playing with your foster cat to ensure that he or she receives adequate attention and stimulation.
Can I foster cats even if I have a full-time job?
Yes. The foster application is designed as a survey to help the foster coordinator match you with the best animal for your needs and your current schedule. If you have a full-time job, the foster coordinator will match you with a cat who may be OK alone during the workday. You would then just need to provide ample attention to the cat before and/or after your workday.
Can I foster a cat if I don’t have a fenced yard?
Yes. We require that all foster cats be kept indoors for the duration of their stay in foster homes, so a fenced yard is irrelevant. If you have a cat door it would need to be de-activated or blocked so your foster cat will not go outside.
How long will the cat need to be in foster care?
It varies, depending on the condition of the foster cat. Foster homes are generally needed for cats with medical or behavioral issues that are best resolved in a home setting rather than a kennel environment. Different special needs require different amounts of time for healing.
How often does my foster cat need to go to the Kitty City NM Adoption Center?
Our pet adoption center has a wonderful success rate for finding homes for cats, so cats who are ready for adoption don’t usually need to go into foster homes first. As mentioned above, the cats available for fostering will be those with medical or behavioral conditions that need to be overcome before adoption. This means that foster cats should only need to come to the pet adoption center once they are ready for adoption or if a quick medical checkup is required.
When is my foster cat ready for adoption?
When a foster cat has been cleared for adoption by the veterinarian, a time will be scheduled for you to return the cat to the pet adoption center.
Will I need to give medicine to my foster cat?
Almost all of the cats that we have in our foster program are rescued from shelters and have been exposed to shelter illnesses. While we do our best to ensure that we are aware of all the conditions that a foster cat may have prior to going home, many illnesses have incubation periods, meaning symptoms can arise after you take a cat home. So while some cats do not require any medicine, others may. If your foster cat needs medications, we can show you how to administer them before you take the animal home.
Can I let my foster cat play with my personal pets?
There are a few guidelines that we ask foster families to adhere to regarding their personal pets. While foster cats playing with other pets is often fine, we advise that you consult with your veterinarian before fostering to ensure that all of your personal pets are healthy and up-to-date on all vaccines. Cats in shelters are very susceptible to illness and can carry or catch different diseases. If, for any reason, your personal pet becomes ill while you are fostering a Kitty City NM, we cannot provide medical care for your personal pet.
Important note: If your personal cat is allowed outdoors, he or she cannot interact with your foster cat. Foster cats are typically more at risk of illness and we want to limit that risk by not exposing them to anything from the outdoors.
What if I want to adopt my foster cat?
If you want to adopt a foster cat, you will need to complete an adoption application and follow the full adoption process. If you’ve already returned the cat to the Kitty City NM Adoption Center, please contact the foster coordinator right away because once the cat is up for adoption, we cannot hold him/her for anyone, including the foster parent.
What if I know someone who’s interested in adopting my foster cat?
If someone you know is interested in adopting the cat, please contact the foster coordinator as soon as possible, because once the cat is up for adoption, we cannot hold him/her for anyone. However, we do want to accommodate referrals from foster parents if we can.
Will it be hard to say goodbye to my foster cat?
Saying goodbye can be the most difficult part of fostering, but keep in mind that many more cats in the Kitty City NM Adoption Center need wonderful foster homes like yours. Remember, you are playing a crucial role in helping to Save Them All.
Who will take care of my foster cat if I need to go out of town?
If you have travel plans while you are fostering a cat for Kitty City NM, you will need to contact the foster coordinator to arrange a spot for the cat in the Kitty City NM Adoption Center until you return. Please provide at least one week’s notice to ensure that we have space for your foster cat. If your trip is over a holiday, please provide a minimum of two weeks’ notice. If adequate notice is not given, you may be asked to provide payment for boarding your foster cat. You cannot leave your foster cat with an unauthorized person or pet sitter. We have specific training for foster parents, and pet sitters have not undergone that training or signed the release waivers for the foster program.
What if my foster cat bites me?
If any of your foster pets bite you and break skin, causing you to bleed, you need to report the bite to the foster coordinator within 24 hours of when the bite occurred. The law requires that we report all bites. The teeth of the animal, not the nails, must have broken the skin. If you are unsure, then please report the bite anyway.
What if my foster cat is not working out?
You are not required to continue to foster a cat if you feel it’s not working out. However, we may not have an immediate alternate foster home or space for the cat at our adoption center. We will work on moving your foster cat out as soon as possible but ask for your understanding and patience. Please call the foster coordinator during business hours if this situation arises.
Can I foster a cat to fulfill a community service obligation?
Unfortunately, Kitty City NM cannot sign off on court-ordered community service hours for fostering. Community service is supposed to be supervised work, and fostering is unsupervised, since it takes place in your home. If you need community service hours, on-site volunteering is an option. You can sign up at Kitty City NM.