We are always looking for fosterers to look after Cats and Kittens in their own homes while they are waiting for their forever home.

Becoming a fosterer - this involves having a spare room in which you could keep the foster cats or kittens separate from your own cats. Cat litter and food will either be provided or claimed back on production of receipts. This can be a very rewarding job when you see a cat going to good new home

If you are interested in fostering then please drop us an email with you details and one of our volunteers will give you a ring to have a chat.

Helpline - 0345 260 2101
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Fosterer volunteer

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. Cats are at the centre of everything we do and our objectives are: homing, neutering and educating people about cats and their care. We help thousands of cats across the UK each year thanks to our network of dedicated volunteers, employees and supporters.


A bit about this role

Across the UK, many cats are cared for by volunteer fosterers who provide a stable, safe and loving environment in their homes. They provide vital hands-on care and accommodation to stray or abandoned cats or cats whose owners could sadly no longer keep them, and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need.

Our fosterers carry out this role with support from their local branch or centre. Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats, who have been pre-loved or have had a difficult start in life. Some of our fosterers look after new mums and kittens and provide round-the-clock care to newborns to give them the best start in life.


What can you expect to be doing?

● Meeting the needs of the cats and kittens in your care

● Cleaning and looking after the cats’ environment and equipment

● Feeding, grooming and administering medication

● Spending time enriching the cats’ experience in care including; play, exercise and stroking

● Maintaining high standards of animal welfare

● You will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and make a significant contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens in need by caring for them before they find new, loving homes. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers. We’re looking for someone with

● A dedicated suitable spare room in your house

● Basic knowledge of cats, cat care and understanding their needs

● An appreciation of cat welfare and hygiene standards

● Good interpersonal skills

● Patience, commitment and empathy

● Willingness to be part of a team


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. Additional information At Cats Protection, we believe our volunteers should be happy and confident in their roles. To make sure this is the case, we provide support and guidance both remotely from our National Cat Centre and face to face through our regional and local volunteer groups and teams. We also offer varied online and face-to-face training and have wide-ranging policies covering all aspects of volunteering. We hope the support we provide will ensure our volunteers have a great experience with Cats Protection. If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact us on 0345 260 2101