Fostering for HART
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless cat into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the cat is ready to be put up for adoption.
HART is always needing more fosters to help us save more lives. Anyone can foster! We work with you to match the best fit for your lifestyle and skill. Hart provides food, litter and any equipment or medical supplies needed to EVERY foster. We offer foster support through a closed Facebook group where you can ask questions, post pictures and learn new tips and tricks from our experienced fosters.
Besides caring for the cats/kittens, foster homes are required to assist with transportation to and from the vet and our adoption center located in Petsense.
Fill out the foster form below if you are interested in becoming a HART foster. We will contact you within 1-2 days of submission. Still not sure about fostering? See our FAQ's below.
Is fostering a lot of extra work? I have a full time job.
It varies case by case. Healthy adult cats are low maintenance and can go hours without human interaction. We wouldn’t recommend bottle feed kittens or ill/injured cats as they do require more hands on care. A healthy pair of kittens can keep each other company while you are at work. With some foster cats/kittens, "extra work" is simply cleaning a litterbox and playing with them.
I don’t have any experience medicating or treating injured cats. Can I still foster?
Yes! We wouldn't give anyone more than what they can handle. We will work with you, if desired, to grow your skills in cat and kitten care. During kitten season, we have an abundance of healthy kittens that just need time in a home to grow and learn how to be a cat.
I have other cats/dogs/children. Can I still foster?
Of course! Being around other cats, dogs and kids is wonderful for kittens who are looking for a new home. Knowing that they are comfortable around other animals and energetic children can increase their chances of adoption. Worried about how they will interact? No problem! We guide you on proper introduction techniques to safely and effective integrate the foster cat/kitten into their temporary home.
Don't you get attached to your fosters?
Caring for your foster can be a pull at the heart strings. However, it helps to look at the bigger picture. Once your foster is adopted, a new space is opened up in your home for the next cat or kitten who needs your help. Sure it can be sad when your foster leaves for a new home but the satisfaction that you helped save their life is priceless. You get to experience so many different personalities through fostering. Although, sometimes, even our most experienced fosters "foster fail" and adopt them instead.
Fostering is a wonderful experience and a desperately needed resource for HART as we do not have a shelter location. We completely rely on foster homes to help us save as many cats/kittens as we can. If you have other questions about fostering, please do not hesitate to contact us.