Interested in becoming a cat foster carer
Over the last five years Cats Protection has helped over one
million cats, fosterers have played a huge role in achieving
this fantastic milestone, can you help us help more cats?
Unfortunately, thousands of cats each year rely on the help of
animal charities because of a change in their owner's
circumstances, they have been abandoned or have strayed.
Volunteers at Cats Protection give these cats and kittens
a second chance in life and help to create happy endings for
cats across the UK.
Fostering is just one way you can be part of these happy endings for cats in your community! As a fosterer you take a cat into
our home temporarily and provide the care and TLC it needs until it finds its new forever home. Some fosterers 'house' their foster
cats in a cat pen in their garden or yard while others prefer to provide a spare room in their house for their foster cats.
Fostering not only benefits cats and kittens, it provides cat lovers with an opportunity to give back and help cats in
the best way they can. Some volunteers can't commit to owning a cat 365 days a year, others foster because they
can't guarantee that they will lead a cat-friendly lifestyle for the life span of a pet cat, others prefer doing something
practical rather than donating money to the charity; all love cats and others like Mary do it for the joy it brings them
every day.Whatever your reasons for getting involved we welcome those with cats in their hearts as fosterers. Almost anyone
can foster, you just need to spare time to care for cats, be confident around cats, have a caring but practical personality,
enjoy interacting with people and are happy to follow our cat care standards and charity policies. A thirst for knowledge
around all things cat and happy to keep up-to-date information and complete paperwork for cats in care are also key
for this role.
In return for your time, commitment and all the TLC you can offer cats we provide everything that you and your foster
cat will require:
- Cat accommodation e.g. a cat cabin or equipment to adapt a spare room
- Food, litter, bedding, bowls, litter trays and toys for your foster cat
- Veterinary treatment for Cats Protection cats/kittens in your care
- Help, support and training so you feel confident and happy as a fosterer
Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about becoming a fosterer or volunteering for Cats
Ask our Fosterers...
These are common questions we get asked from potential fosterers so who else is better to answer them than
people who already volunteer to help cats in their area:
Which is best, fostering accommodation inside or outside?
This really depends on your and the branch's or adoption centre's circumstances; in some circumstances only one
particular way of fostering will be available. Both ways of fostering has its benefits for you and the cats - other
volunteers and staff at Cats Protection can help you decide which is best for you, the organisation and the cat.
What are cat care standards?
These are Cats Protection policies and guidelines which have been developed with vets, staff and volunteers to
ensure the welfare of cats and people. They refer to the general care of a cat while they are with the fosterers,
they are straight forward and there is plenty of guidance and training to help fosterers maintain great standards
What if I have other pets?
You can foster if you have other pets but all foster cats must be kept separately. This is to protect the foster cat
as well as the fosterer's own pets. As rescued cats' backgrounds are often unknown it's important that all pets
in the household remain healthy and we would recommend that a fosterer's own pets are fully vaccinated and
boosters are kept up-to-date.
Can I decide on what type of cat I want to foster and who decides which cat comes into care?
Sometimes it is possible to specialise in the type of cat you want to care for; some fosterers prefer caring for
older or nervous cats whilst others like lively kittens. However this may not always be possible. Other volunteers
or staff will discuss the range of cats that are in need of help with you and decide on the best foster cat for you
and the best foster home for that cat at that time.
How do the cats get homes?
We advertise the cats throughout the local community and beyond, and there are a number of ways we can
match the right cat with the right person. If you foster with a branch and the cat in your care has been matched
with a new owner you will be contacted to liaise with the potential adopter to arrange a suitable time for them to
meet the cat(s). We always carefully match the right people with the right cat by asking a series of questions so
can you rest assured that once you have cared for the cat or kitten it will be very well taken care of in their new
What if I get too attached to the cat?
We know it is easy to fall for the cats, but fosterers remember that they are temporary carers. If you do want to
adopt a cat you can talk to volunteers or staff and discuss what would be best for that particular cat. Most
fosterers know that if they adopt cats their ability to help more cats decreases so are more than happy to be
the temporary caters which are much needed.
What about holiday breaks?
Fosterers liaise directly with other volunteers and staff to plan and arrange holidays and breaks. We can make
arrangements for cats to be moved to another fosterer, to keep your space free until you comeback or are ready
for another cutie!
What do I do next?
If you are interested then please contact either the branch coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or
Debbie Grant, Homing Officer, on email@example.com