Role Profile - Cat and Kitten Fosterer

Role Profile – Cat and Kitten Fosterer

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. Fostering is normally done in a purpose built cat cabin (which will be provided) in your own garden, though spare rooms can be adapted for indoor fostering.

Summary of Responsibilities:

To provide a high standard of care for all cats and kittens in line with the charity’s Cat Care Standards under the direction of the branch’s Welfare Officer and Homing Officer

To ensure that sufficient quality time is spent with foster cats to ensure that they are adequately stimulated

To ensure that your own cats are protected by vaccination and segregated from foster cats, in line with the CP Cat Care Standards

To have a good working knowledge of basic cat care, and to provide new owners with sound basic advice about cat care as well as background details about the cat they are adopting

To provide new owners with Homing Packs containing Cats Protection leaflets provided by the branch

To present a professional image of Cats Protection to potential new owners and members of the public

To transport cats to the vets for health checks and treatment if required, unless this is managed by another branch volunteer

To keep accurate records of cats fostered and re-homed and to liaise closely with the Welfare Officer and the Homing Officer

To complete necessary branch paperwork including Fostering Agreement, Equipment Agreement, and to issue a receipt/Gift Aid form for all donations received

Equipment that will be provided:

  • Cat Care Standards Booklet, CP Rules, CP Byelaws
  • Fostering Notes, Acceptance Forms, Homing Forms
  • Pen Agreement Form, Equipment Agreement Form
  • Donation Form (Receipt and Gift Aid Pad)
  • Veterinary Treatment Checks Form
  • Cat Cabin (outdoor fosterers only) and Cat Carrier(s)
  • Bed and Bedding, Heat Pad(s) (outdoor only)
  • Food dishes, forks, bowls, Litter Trays
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Washable Toys, Disposable Bags, Food and Litter