Feature page - Have you considered being a cat fosterer?

Our branch is currently looking to increase the number of Fosterers we have.

Do you love getting hands on with cats? Are you caring, but not overly sentimental, with a good working knowledge of cat welfare? Are you not afraid to get your hands dirty, happy to deal with the public, to maintain national standards, and do you understand that cats in care can need attention outside of normal hours?

Yes? Then maybe you could help as a Fosterer! This very rewarding role isn’t just about stroking cats, its about looking after them night and day, and includes showing cats to the public, talking to potential owners about cat welfare, keeping up to date records, and transporting cats to the vet as and when required. Fostered cats cannot mix with your own pets nor be allowed out whilst being fostered.

We're looking for two types of Fosterers:
Indoor Fosterers have a spare room that they can use to keep a cat or cats that are looking for a new home.  The room must be dedicated for housing cats and should have minimal soft furnishings for hygiene reasons.

Outdoor Fosterers have space in their garden to erect a cat pen which can be used for cats who are looking for a new home.  Because of the cost of erecting a cat pen, paid for out of branch funds, we need you to be able to commit to doing this for several years.  (You can see a photo of two cats pens on our What we do page.  Each pen is 13 ft long and 4.5 ft wide.)

We provide all equipment and supplies and you'll have the assistance of our Welfare Officer whenever you need it. You will need to complete certain training for the role. You can download Cat Protection's fostering leaflet here.

If you're interested, please get in touch by emailing us at adoption@basingstoke.cats.org.uk to find out more.