Reasons to Foster Kitties:
With shelters overflowing and many people needing temporary care for their pets while they find new housing or
weathering a crisis, fostering is even more important these days. It provides an invaluable service to FCHS. Since we have no brick & mortar shelter - we depend on fostering to rescue dogs & cats. Kittens, especially, are very susceptible to viruses and diseases because their immune system hasn’t fully developed. That’s why FCHS needs to place all of our kittens in foster homes. It gives them a better chance of staying healthy.
We encourage everyone we know to foster. We heard some excuses – er, reasons, why people can’t or don’t
want to foster. Hopefully, the following will answer just about every single one of them.
“I DON’T HAVE THE SPACE” − All it takes is a small spare bedroom or office, a bathroom, or even a corner where
you can set up a cage, which you can borrow from PK. While we do need foster cats to stay separate from your
own, it doesn’t take much space to do that. And remember, whatever space you have at home is probably more
than the dog/cat has here at the shelter now!
“I MIGHT GET ATTACHED” − OK, yes, you might. But, be strong! You can do it! There are some fosterers that
kept a cat or two, but not the 60 that followed! Remember, when you foster a cat, it gives room to help other
cats that might otherwise be brought to shelters that euthanize for time and space. It also lets us learn more
about a cat’s personality than we ever could in a shelter environment, which, in turn, makes the cat much easier
to adopt out. And, you have the opportunity to choose the right family for your foster. It is extremely rewarding
to see your foster going to a loving, caring family. YOU made it happen!
“MY OWN CATS WON’T TOLERATE A FOSTER CAT, ESPECIALLY AN ADULT” – If you keep your foster in a separate
room, it won’t be much of a problem. Your cats may be a little upset at first, but they’ll get over it pretty quickly,
especially if you wash your hands after visiting with the foster cat and keep the cats from seeing each other if
possible. Or, try fostering kittens! Usually, in the beginning, they are kept in a kitty cage. This helps them feel
secure until they adjust to the new sounds and smells around them. It also keeps them from getting into trouble!
“I CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE ANOTHER CAT”− Problem solved! If you have a struggling income - FCHS can supply food, litter, and medical care. If you buy your own supplies for fosters, save the receipts so you can take a tax deduction.
“A SHELTER CAT MIGHT GET MY OWN CATS SICK” – If you follow basic health protocols, such as washing your
hands between handling cats and wearing an over-shirt when handling the foster cat, you shouldn’t have any
problems. A sick cat should be kept in a separate room, and bedding/clothing should be washed with bleach
“SOMEONE ELSE WILL SAY YES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF FOSTER HOMES” – They won’t and there aren’t. It’s that
simple. Please help us.
“I ALREADY HAVE A FOSTER CAT” – All right. Well, wouldn’t your foster kitty like a friend?.