Cat Fostering is a hands-on role caring for all kinds of cats on a short-term basis whilst they are waiting to be adopted. Offering a temporary home to a cat which is in need can be incredibly rewarding, and becoming a volunteer for Cats Protection is a great way to meet new friends - both human and feline!

Cats Protection will provide all the required food, litter and equipment, pay any vets' bills, and offer support and advice to all our fosterers - all you need to have is either a spare room, or an area in your garden where a cat pen can be sited, and, of course, a love of cats.

Please take a look at the role description below and, if you think fostering might be for you, or you would like further information, please email us at, or call us on 01908 984799.

Role Description - Fosterer

"As a Fosterer I derive a great deal of pleasure in knowing that what I do makes a huge difference to the present and future welfare of the cats and kittens that come into my care, and seeing them go to lovely new homes is one of the greatest rewards of all" - Mary Wood, Cheltenham Branch.

How you will make a difference to cats and people:

Cats Protection helps thousands of cats across the UK each year thanks to our network of dedicated volunteers. As a fosterer you will be directly helping cats and kittens in need by providing them with hands-on care, and working with others to rehome them.

What the role involves:
  • Ensuring the needs of each cat being cared for are met appropriately, upholding minimum veterinary and cat care standards in accordance with Cats Protection’s policies and procedures,
  • Providing temporary care and accommodation to stray, ill or injured cats in a purpose built cat pen in your garden/outside space or in an adapted room in your home,
  • Cleaning the cats’ environment and equipment, and feeding and grooming the cats,
  • Spending time enriching the cats experience in care, including play, exercise, stroking and allowing quiet and relaxed periods,
  • Administering of medication such as flea and worm treatments,
  • Working and communicating effectively with others including volunteers, vets, potential new owners and Cats Protection staff.
Skills and experience which are expected and/or can be developed in this role:
  • Basic knowledge of cats and cat care, and an appreciation of cat care and hygiene standards,
  • Patience, perseverance and empathy,
  • Being level-headed and practical,
  • Ability to work well in a team,
  • Good interpersonal and observational skills,
  • Good record keeping and administration skills,
  • Commitment to working with others to find homes for cats in your care.
Time expectation:

Time commitment will vary depending on the number of cats in your care but it is not unusual for a fosterer to spend 2-3 hours per day as part of this role.