Foster caring is a rewarding way to make a difference to many animals lives.
Foster caring can be challenging with many animals coming into care in a bad way and requiring treatment and socialisation, however seeing them thrive and go to a new loving home can make it all the worth while.
Foster caring is a lot more than cuddling cats and kittens, it involves a lot of time socialising and cleaning the environment for our fosters to ensure they are suitable for a loving furrever home. Sometimes this can be as short as 2 weeks, while other times can take up to a few months. Foster carers will need to be able to take the fosters on for the full duration unless prior agreement with the CPR President.
There are different types of foster caring:
- Standard care – this is usually a few weeks to months while they go through a minimum of a two week quarantine period, are vet worked (desexed, vaccinated and microchipped), socialised (smothered with love and cuddles) and then a suitable home is found. All kittens need to be at least 1kg in weight to be vet worked which typically occurs at 8-10 wks of age.
- Respite care – this is usually for 2-3 weeks to give a foster carer a break and/or give some kittens some extra socialisation.
- Special needs care – this is often longer term or more intensive. Cats and kittens with things like FIV, food sensitivity issues, diabetes, etc require some extra attention for their special needs.
We urgently require standard and special needs carers most of all.
As a foster carer, you will receive support and guidance to help you through the process from start to finish. All medical and vet expenses are covered by CPR, including parasite control. All we ask of foster carers is to provide the daily needs – shelter, food, litter, a clean environment and lots of attention and cuddles. Foster carers need to be able to spend at least two hours with the cats/kittens daily to ensure they are well socialised. All donated food and litter is shared amongst the foster carers.
All cats and dogs residing at the foster carers property will need to be desexed, and have up to date vaccinations and parasite control. Evidence of this will need to be provided to CPR prior to commencing.
Foster carers will need to:
– be able to take them to vet appointments – to desex, vaccinate and microchip, and any additional appointments if unwell. Our partnered vets are wonderful and located mostly in the north of Canberra – Belconnen, Manuka and Queanbeyan.
– have a suitable room to house and quarantine cats and kittens that is separate from other animals and people. Most foster carers use a spare bedroom for this purpose. Furniture and items in the room will need to be suitable for the purpose and able to be sprayed with a disinfectant provided to prevent any cross-contamination between cats/kittens.
-be prepared that most kittens that come into our care will have diarrhoea at some stage for a variety of reasons and it will involve treatment (e.g. parasite control, antibiotics, vitamins, etc) and many litter changes to ensure they always have a clean and suitable environment. They will also need their bottoms kept cleaned when sick.
-be willing to collaboratively work with and communicate with CPR management in line with policies, practices and guidance to ensure the best outcome for all foster cats/kittens.
We don’t “sugar-coat” fostering cats and kittens as we want to ensure foster carers are well aware of all risks and are well prepared and supported to adequately care for all fosters cats/kittens to ensure a rewarding experience for both the cats/kittens and carers. A member of the CPR management team will discuss all of this in detail with all potential foster carers prior to commencing.
Fostering is a very rewarding experience to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome a gorgeous cat or kitten from the streets or a kill list at the pound. It is hard to say goodbye, but there are so many that wouldn’t be alive without the dedicated care and love given by the wonderful foster carers.
Come and join our CPR family to work together to save more little lives!
If you have the time, love and ability to foster some desperate and beautiful cats and/or kittens, please complete the Foster Carer Application Form and one of our team will be in touch.