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Foster Care Program

Simply put, foster volunteers save lives.

There is not a more personal way to help animals than by becoming a foster parent. Opening your home to a cat or dog from Friends of Strays means you have the opportunity to increase the quality of life for a homeless animal and open much-needed cage/run space so that we can rescue another animal. 

Many of the animals needing foster homes are Special Needs animals; those dogs and cats who are not doing well in the shelter environment and need a home in order to thrive. We also have a need for families wiling to foster pregnant cats, nursing moms, bottle feed kittens and kittens eating on their own.

Foster volunteers provide behavior and medical rehabilitation in a nurturing home environment so that animals in your care may mature, heal, socialize, and become available for adoption.

All supplies and information are provided by Friends of Strays. For our foster families that choose to provide their own food and litter, we are happy to provide a receipt for tax purposes.

Foster Families

If you are interested in fostering one of our pets or want more information on our foster program, please email Vanessa, our Foster Coordinator - foster@friendsofstrays.org

If you are a current foster family and need a copy of our Foster Manual please send an email to foster@friendsofstrays.org using Foster Manual Request in the subject line.

Who Needs Fostering?

Weaned Kittens 

Fostering for weaned kittens can be so much fun! This is when the kittens are most active and begin to show 
off their little personalities. Weaned kittens usually only need a foster home between one to five weeks. During 
this time socialization is very important. We want these kittens to associate humans with love and cuddles. 
These little ones need to hit 2 pounds before they can come back to the shelter for their spay/neuter surgery, 
so meal time should be all the time.

Mom and Babies

Fostering for a mom cat with babies is so rewarding. It's incredible to see how mom knows just what to do, or 
does she? 
It's important to keep an eye on all the kittens even though it looks like mom has it handled. She'll 
be in charge of feedinand cleaning, but sometimes mom can get lazy and that's when you need to step in. 
During this time you should also begin the handling and socialization of these kittens. Fostering for mom and 
babies can last up to 10 weeks. 

Bottle Babies

Fostering for bottle babies is the most time consuming of all fostering. These tiny and adorable kittens 
need round-the-clock care: feeding every 2 to 3 hours, hygiene care, and stimulation to urinate and defecate. 
If you begin fostering when they're young enough you'lget to see them just begin to open their eyes around 
day 10 and begin adventuring their small world soon after. Bottle baby fostering can last up to 10 weeks.