Do you have room in your home – and your heart – for a few homeless kittens?
The Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood seeks volunteer feline-friendly families to foster kittens. Some are orphans and some accompany their lactating mother. Just last week, the shelter was asked for help caring for a total of eight mother cats, 52 kittens and three pregnant cats.
Having a bigger network of qualified foster families allows the shelter to help save more feline lives.
Foster volunteers provide a clean, nurturing home and care for kittens until they grow to at least 2.25 pounds. When they reach that weight, it usually means they’re strong and healthy enough to stay in a shelter kennel until they’re adopted into a permanent home. Foster volunteers often help their kittens during the adoption and placement process to keep them out of the shelter as much as possible.
Cat Adoption Team provides thorough training and support, as well as a “baby bag” of items that can help volunteers in the fostering process. Foster volunteers are also paired with experienced mentors who can offer one-on-one guidance and help.
Fostering can offer a way to teach children compassion toward animals and provide them with additional responsibilities.
Last year, CAT foster volunteers cared for more than 700 cats and kittens.