Cat Fosterer Volunteer

At Cats Protection Isle of Wight, we always have cats and kittens needing a little extra help and loving care until they find their forever families. These may include kittens that need socialising, or cats that are very shy and need help to regain trust in humans; others may be recovering from illness or an operation and simply need a quiet warm place to recuperate.

Most of our volunteer fosterers care for one or two cats at a time (no garden needed), which makes a huge difference and gives these cats a second chance at a happy life.   All food and supplies are provided - and Cats Protection pay all vet’s bills. Our friendly fostering team is always on hand to give you all the advice and support you need. 

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A dedicated suitable spare room in your house (no garden needed)
  • Basic knowledge of cats, cat care and understanding their needs
  • Patience and a willingness to commit time each day to meeting the needs of the cats and kittens in your care
  • Cleaning and looking after the cats’ environment and equipment such as litter trays, bedding etc
  • Feeding, grooming and administering medication (if appropriate)
  • Spending time enriching the cats’ experience in care including; play, exercise and stroking
Time expectation

Our volunteer fosterers usually spend one and a half hours per day on average (around 10 to 13 hours per week) in this role, but this might vary depending on the number of cats or kittens in care. In order to help you feel confident in your fosterer role we ask that prior to looking after your first foster cat you complete some online cat welfare learning modules. These are very simple and can quickly and easily be done from the comfort of your own home. They also give you lots of interesting tips and information about looking after cats.

If you think you would like to become part of our Fostering team, simply click on this Foster Carer Application Form link to download the form (Word Document) and either post the completed form to our IOW Centre or email it to Emma, our Volunteer Team Leader at

If you’d like further information, please do check out our Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering