Fostering can be so rewarding
Interested in becoming cat foster carer? Over the last few years the Peterborough branch of Cats Protection has helped over 1,000 cats and kittens. Unfortunately each year, the volume of cats that rely on the help of animal charities, because they have been abandoned, strayed or a change in their owners circumstances increases. And already it looks like 2017 is going to be another tough year for our feline friends.
Without our fosterers, it would be impossible to help the hundreds of cats and kittens desperate for our help. Volunteer fosterers play a pivotal role in the rehabilitation of these cats and kittens and together we work to give each and every one a second chance in life and help to create happy endings for them.
As a fosterer you take a cat into your home temporarily and provide the daily care and all the TLC it needs until we find it’s purr-fect forever home. Fostering not only benefits cats and kittens, it provides cat lovers with an opportunity to give back and help cats in the best way they can.
Some volunteer fosterers can’t commit to owning a cat 365 days a year, others foster because they want to offer their spare time and space in their home to a cat in need, and prefer doing something practical rather than just donating money to a needy cause.
The one common factor is that they all love cats and do it for the joy it brings them every day…
Every cat or kitten has a different need and we look to match their needs with the right type of fosterer. This can be anything from the gentle aspect of re-establishing routine and life back in a home environment, to the most specialist level of foster care of hand rearing kittens. There really is something to suit everyone!
To become a voluntary fosterer, all you need is a spare room or if there are no other pets, an area in your home for a cat or kittens to settle in.
You will need to be confident around cats, have a car- ing but practical personality, have time to spend with them on a daily basis, enjoy interacting with people, attend veterinary appointments, be happy to follow and adhere to our cat care standards and charity policies. In return for your time, patience and TLC, we will provide all the food, litter and equipment, pay the vets bills and offer full training, support and advice so you feel confident and happy in your role.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer fosterer please contact us on 0345 371 2750 or email us at email@example.com
Photographed is 7 year old Hope. Hope came into our branch last week, after it appeared she was left behind when her owners moved house, sometime last year. She can now have hope as she will be looked after by us until we can find her a new forever home. She is already purring for her fosterer and rolling over for tummy rubs.
Jan says” the role of a volunteer fosterer gives me the greatest sense of fulfilment I could wish for. Being part of their journey, from the humble beginning to seeing them settled in their forever homes is something very special indeed”