Open your heart and your door: Foster a pet

If you love animals, but can’t adopt, consider fostering a pet. Foster families provide short-term, in-home care for pets until they are adopted. When you foster, you’re giving an animal the love and attention that he or she needs while waiting for a forever home to come along. Plus, fostering is easy, fun and rewarding. Need more information? call 954-281-2556.

FAQs about fostering

What do foster families need to provide?

Foster families need to provide:

  • A healthy and safe environment for their foster cats
  • Transportation to and from the adoption center.
  • Socialization and cuddle time to help care for kittens, adult cats and special needs cats.

How much time do I need to spend with the cats?

As much time as you can. The more time you spend with your foster cats, the more socialized they will be to people. The amount of time required for feeding will vary depending on the age of the cats you are fostering. Very young kittens need to be bottle-fed every two to three hours, while older ones and special needs cats may require additional needs. Don’t worry, we will find the perfect cat or kitten for you and your lifestyle.

Will it cost me anything to foster?

Yes. The cost to foster animals will vary. APRND will provide you with as much as they can to help you with your foster. At times we do get food and litter donated and we make it available to help our fosters cover cost.  We don’t have a constant supply of items such as dishes, litter boxes and toys, but we can are always working to solicit donations for those items, if the foster family doesn’t have them already.

Can I foster cats even if I have a full-time job?

Yes. We will match you with a cat(s) appropriate for your schedule. We will need you to be available, however, to take the kittens to a vet appointment if they are sick.

Will I need to give medicine to the foster cat(s)?

While we do our best to ensure that we are sending out healthy cats to foster care, most illnesses have incubation periods, meaning that if the cat picked up something, symptoms can arise after you take them home. So, some cats do not require any medicine, while others do. If your foster cat(s) need medication, we can show you how to administer it before you take the animals home.

Important note: If you have pets in your home already, he or she cannot interact with foster kittens. Kittens are very vulnerable to illness and we want to limit their risk by not exposing them to anything from the outdoors.

Will it be difficult for me to say goodbye to my foster cat?

Saying goodbye can be the most difficult part of fostering, but remember that we always have more cats who need wonderful foster homes. Keep in mind that by fostering these vulnerable pets, you are playing a crucial role in helping to save lives.

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