Foster A Cat

If you love cats but are often away from home for work or pleasure, or if you just have a spare room you wouldn't mind lending to a little furry lodger, becoming a Volunteer Cat Fosterer may be a good way for you to get involved with Cats Protection.

You can read more about becoming a Volunteer Cat Fosterer in our helpful ‘Interested in becoming a cat foster carer?’ leaflet and watch a video which answers many frequently asked questions about what is involved. 

Why do some cats require foster care? 

Cats can require foster care for a variety of reasons. Some fosterers will provide care for any cat or kitten, while some may go on to specialise in caring for cats with particular needs. Below are some of the most common reasons cats find themselves in need of foster care: 

  • They are recovering from a short term injury / illness 

  • They have longer term medical issues which require additional care before they find a home 

  • They are pregnant or have young kittens 

  • They are kittens which are too young to go to a new home 

  • They have behavioural issues, so need to be monitored and given special care and treatment before rehoming 

  • They are former strays or owned cats and need to be fostered while we check whether there is an owner is looking for them and get them ready for a new home

Who can become a Volunteer Cat Fosterer? 

To apply to become a Volunteer Cat Fosterer you must be over 18 years of age, although other members of your household of any age are welcome to be involved in the process. You must also own your home or have permission from your landlord to keep a cat at the property. Foster cats will require one room which can be shut off from the rest of your home to give your foster cat a safe place to settle in, where it will be able to access all the essentials - food, water, a litter tray, and somewhere to rest; a quiet area where the cat won’t be regularly disturbed would be ideal. 

Is there a local catchment area for this role? 

You will need to be able to collect and return to one of our registered Vet Practices in Luton, Dunstable or Leighton Buzzard. This would need to be within a 30 minute journey on public buses or 45 minutes (allowing for traffic) in your own car.

What skills / experience must I have to be a Volunteer Cat Fosterer?

There are no essential skills or experience you will need. Any experience caring for cats is beneficial; however staff will be on-hand to provide you with training and advice.

What support is on offer?

The branch team is on-hand to provide you will any support and advice you may require. You will be able to contact the team directly via mobile or emails. Outside of this, you will have access to support from a veterinary practice 24 hours a day for veterinary advice or emergency care.

What is the recruitment process for Volunteer Cat Fosterers?

You will need to email the branch team to complete an application form, this will then be reviewed and a telephone interview arranged. If you are shortlisted and happy to continue with your application, a home visit will be arranged to provide further guidance and to complete additional paperwork. You will also be required to complete a criminal conviction check for this role as there is lone-working involved.


How can I apply?

If you’d like to enquire about becoming a Volunteer Cat Fosterer please email your full name, postcode  and why you wish to become a Volunteer Cat Fosterer to Stephanie Osborne, our Regional Development Manager at