Many opportunities are available for potential foster caregivers!
We are always looking for fosters to work with under-socialized or shy cats, older cats who need a break from the shelter, or cats on special diets or with medical issues.
During the spring and summer (and sometimes fall!) we need fosters for kittens too young to be in the shelter. This may include kittens with their mom or abandoned kittens that need to be bottle fed.
How To Become a Foster Caregiver for RMFR
Everyone interested in becoming a foster caregiver is required to meet the following requirements for the welfare of the cats and the foster caregiver.
- You must be over 18 years of age.
- All members of the household must agree to fostering a cat.
- You must own your own home or have permission from your landlord / rental company to have cats.
- If you already own cats, your cats must be current on their FVRCP vaccine and have been spayed or neutered. We will call your vet to verify as is this for the protection of your own cats!
- You must have an initial separate safe room where the foster animal(s) can stay for at least 10 days while adjusting (quarantine period) or where they can be away from your pets if they become sick or stressed.
- Understand the risk of zoonotic (transmissible to humans) disease and disease transmission to other pets.
- Cats must stay indoors and will not be declawed while in your care.
- You must be comfortable giving medicine if needed.
- You must be able to handle some behavior or adjustment problems that might arise.
- You must be willing to bring the foster animal back to the shelter at the end of the foster period or when an appointment has been made for a possible adoption or for vet care.
- Potential adopters of an animal in foster care must go through the standard adoption process at the shelter.
If you match the criteria above, complete our Foster Care application and we will interview you to best match your household to a cat who needs foster care. You may turn in your completed application during our business hours when you are ready for an interview. An appointment is not necessary.
Your responsibilities as a caregiver:
Provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment. Follow steps to integrate the foster animal with your animals and other members of your household.
Spend an appropriate amount of time with the foster animal(s), and make sure the needs of the foster animal(s) are met, including medications and therapies if needed.
Keep in touch with RMFR on a weekly basis more often if needed to update us on the condition of the animal(s) in your care and discuss any questions you may have.
Bring the foster animal back to the shelter at the end of the foster period or when an appointment has been made for a possible adoption or for vet care.
Not to adopt the animal(s) into a home or place the animal into another home without written consent of RMFR.
What RMFR will provide:
RMFR will cover the cost of medications, vet care at the shelter, and any prescription diets for the foster animals. Transportation to and from vet appointments can be done by the foster family or the animal(s) may be dropped off at the shelter and picked up at a later time if needed.
All vet care and emergency care details will be discussed during the foster interview, and will be on your foster care information sheet that we will send home with you.
All cats at RMFR have been tested for FIV and FeLV, and are up to date with their vaccinations. They are also spayed or neutered when appropriate, and will have a brief physical exam before placement into a foster home.
Fostering can be short term or permanent until an adoptive home is found. Fosters may be returned to the shelter at any time.