Considering fostering? Read on to find out what its about and how to apply.
What is a foster carer?
A foster carer is someone who agrees to care for one or more of our rescue cats on a temporary basis until permanent homes are found. When the cat in your care is adopted then you can opt to take on another cat to care for until they too are re-homed.
What does it involve?
All carers are provided with a Foster Carers Manual at the time they recieve their first foster cat so that they can refer to it when any queries arise. Failing that, we are more than happy to have you contact us about any concernc with your foster cat at any time of the day or night.
Any cats you agree to foster for us will be provided for by 9 Lives in the way of food, bowls, bedding, toys, flea/worm treatments and any other medical requirements. The only real cost to you is time and love.
We also ask that you make yourself and home available (at your convenience of course), to allow prospective adopters to meet the cat you have in your care in the hope that they will want to make them part of their family. This may only happen once or as many times as it takes to get the cat adopted.
When we place your foster feline with you we ask you to sign a contract which ensures you care for the cat the way we have asked and clarifies that while in your care they are still the property of 9 Lives Cat Rescue. We also supply you with health monitoring charts that we ask you to complete on your foster cat for the first few weeks they are in your care. We ask you to do this so that you can assess if the cat is having any issues either with eating, drinking or going to the toilet. This was you can notify us if there are any problems.
What do I need?
A genuine interest in animal welfare, no prior experience necessary.
To own your home, or written permission/pet bond with your landlord stating that you are allowed to have cats.
Any current animals must have their vaccinations and flea/worm treatments up to date, and be sterilised.
We would prefer it if your animals get along with cats or have had positive experiences with them previously. We do prefer non-smokers or people who do not smoke inside the area where the foster cat will be housed.
Sign me up!
Great! Simply fill in the application form so we can assess your suitability for foster caring and which type of cats would best suit your circumstances.
Once we have approved your application we will arrange to do a home check. This is a type of informal interview so we can meet you in person and view the property on which the cat will be kept. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask us any questions. After the home check we will notify you as to if you have been approved as a foster carer for 9 Lives and if successful, get you started with your foster cat/s.