Becoming a Cat Foster Carer


Over the last five years Cats Protection has helped over one million cats. Fosterer's have played a huge role in achieving this fantastic milestone, can you help us help more cats? 

Unfortunately thousands of cats each year rely on the help of animal charities because of a change in their owner's circumstances, they have been abandoned or have strayed. Volunteers at Cats Protection give these cats and kittens a second chance in life and help to create happy endings for cats across the UK.
Fostering is just one way you can be part of these happy endings for cats in your community! As a fosterer you take a cat into your home temporarily and provide the care and TLC it needs until it finds its new forever home. Some fosterers 'house' their foster cats in a cat pen in their garden or yard while others prefer to provide a spare room in their house for their foster cats. 

cat and fosterer

Fostering not only benefits cats and kittens, it provides cat lovers with an opportunity to give back and help cats in the best way they can. Some volunteers can't commit to owning a cat 365 days a year, others foster because they can't guarantee that they will lead a cat-friendly lifestyle for the life span of a pet cat, others prefer doing something practical rather than donating money to the charity; all love cats and others like Mary do it for the joy it brings them every day... 

"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. Seeing them go to lovely new homes is one of the greatest rewards of all." 

Whatever your reasons for getting involved we welcome those with cats in their hearts as fosterer's.Almost anyone can foster, you just need spare time to care for cats, be confident around cats, have a caring but practical personality, enjoy interacting with people and are happy to follow our cat care standards and charity policies. A thirst for knowledge around all things cat and happy to keep up-to-date information and complete paperwork for cats in care are also key for this role. 

In return for your time, commitment and all the TLC you can offer cats we provide everything that you and your foster cat will require:

Cat accommodation e.g. a cat cabin or equipment to adapt a spare room
Food, litter, bedding, bowls, litter trays and toys for your foster cat
Veterinary treatment for Cats Protection cats\kittens in your care 

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about becoming a fosterer or volunteering with Cats Protection. If you think you might be able to help us, please get in touch by email: or give our helpline a call on 0345 371 1855

Leave your name, address and a contact telephone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can.