Foster for the branch

foster catCan you offer temproary accommodation to a homeless cat? We urgently need more caring and committed people to join our team of fosterers so that we can increase the number of cats that we can help. You can be in part time work and you don't need to have a garden to foster. We pay all expenses; you provide the time, the love and the accommodation
Being a small branch, we do not have an Adoption Centre where our cats are based, they stay with our fosterers at their own homes, either in a designated room in their home or in a chalet outside. Our fosterers work voluntarily for our branch, caring for our cats whilst they are waiting for a new loving home

Like all rescues we have a waiting list of cats needing to come in - one extra fosterer would make a world of difference!

Not all cats come into our care as waifs and strays. There may be a change in the owner's circumstances - he or she has gone into residential care, or is moving to accommodation which does not allow companion animals, or the family has emigrated, or a family member has developed an allergy to cat hair, or a relationship has broken down. Some cats turn up at people's homes as strays and despite our best efforts no owner is found. There are kittens born which owners need help to find homes for, and kittens born "outside to an unneutered stray, which need a period of socialisation to the domestic environment. Some cats have been through a traumatic time before they come to us. Others come from a loving home and are bewildered why they are apart from their family. Whatever the reason, fosterers make a hugh difference to the lives of these cats, keeping them safe until a new loving home can be found

Fosterers are unpaid: the reward is in knowing you have helped an abandoned or homeless cat to begin a new chapter in its life, giving it a second chance in a happy home

This is real "hands on" cat welfare work. Cats will come into care and remain with you until a new loving home is found for them. All equipment, food, litter and any veterinary care will be provided by the branch. All you need is love of cats, time, compassion and enthusiasm, and a designated spare room in your home to keep your foster cat separate from you own animals. You provide all the necessities to ensure the cat is healthy and happy, ensuring that sufficient quality time is spent with your cat to ensure that they are adequately stimulated. You will also be receiving visits from potential adopters who will want to come and meet your cat. It is useful to have transport though this is not absolutely necessary. Fostering can be demanding so it is essential that you have full support from the rest of your household. It helps if your partner is sympathetic and is willing to help out as well: you have to be able to give the cats in your care plenty of love and attention. If you work part time you can still foster for us, and fostering can be as long or as short term as you like. Maybe you are only able to provide short term emergency fostering

There is an option to have a purpose built chalet (provided by Cats Protection) placed in your garden. This must be erected on a concrete base with access to electricity. The pens are very comfy!

You will have the support of an experienced team

Provisions: the branch will provide all equipment and essentials for your foster cat - food, toys, litter tray, bed
Veterinary fees: will be covered by the branch
Back up: at the end of a telephone and regular contact with the rest of the team

Have you these qualities?
  • A love of cats
  • An understanding of cat behaviour
  • Good people skills as we value your opinion on a potential adopter
  • Be caring without being sentimental
  • Able to let them go when the time comes for them to go to their new home
You can read more about the role description of a fosterer here and watch a video about what is involved here

If you ever felt you wanted to make a real difference to an animals life, then please consider fostering. This is a very rewarding role that requires commitment. The satisfaction you get from helping a cat that has fallen on hard times towards a better future is immense. If you feel this role is for you and would like more information about becoming a fosterer for the South Wirral branch, please contact us for an informal chat

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