Thank you for your interest in being a foster home to one (or more) of our kittens! We don’t have a shelter; we rescue strictly through fostering, so we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without people like you. Please email us as indicated below so that we may contact you about this wonderful opportunity. You don’t have to be a skilled professional to do this and fostering is a very rewarding experience without a permanent commitment to an animal.
You can help by providing a home and the daily care necessary for the kittens while they get ready for a new home. Some kittens are ready to go and need shelter only for a short time before undergoing spay/neuter, and some of our angels may need medical attention or extra socialization. And don’t worry– Kitten Angels provides food, supplies, and veterinary care. You provide a home (important), the transportation to the clinics (very important) and your love (extremely important) so your angel can be adopted.
In most cases, you will need a room where they can be separate from any other animals in your household. Mama kitties will do whatever they have to in order to protect their kitties, even when they are normally friendly and get along with other animals; so it’s very important to keep them apart from any other animals. Any animals you have need to be up to date on their vaccinations, as nursing mamas and kittens under 7 weeks aren’t vaccinated and won’t be tested for FIV/FELV until spayed/neutered. When fostering for us, we ask that you not take in any other cats/kittens, as they could bring something that could spread to a whole household or wipe out a whole un-vaccinated litter (diseases like distemper can be devastating).
Kittens can get spayed/neutered when they are at least 2 months old and at least 2 lbs. Then they would need 5 days for boys and 10 days for girls (and mama) to recuperate until all healed before they would be ready to go to a forever home. We cover the cost of vaccinations and spay/neuter and testing (we would just need you to be able to take them to appointments). We try to provide food and litter and such too to our fosters.
Fosters bring kitties to one of our adoption events on Saturdays or Sundays, usually from 11am-3pm (would be lovely if you could stay and talk to people about each of the kitty’s personalities, particularly if they are shy at the events, people learn so much about whether a kitten will be the purrfect fit into their household by talking to the fosters), and bring them home again if they are not adopted. We also have some opportunities for our felines to be featured in house at Petco in Latham, PetSmart in Niskayuna, and Pet Supplies Plus in Albany. But, mostly our cats and kittens are in foster homes
For us, the biggest boost to getting our fosters adopted has been posting lots of pictures, videos and updates on Facebook. A few of us have our own foster page too, where we talk more about fostering and pretty much drown people in gorgeous kitten pictures and videos.
Kittens ready for adoption also have their pictures and bios up on petfinder: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY868.html
The joys of fostering are immeasurable. The trust that’s built, the cuddling, the care, the purrs. It’s an experience you should not miss.
Please email us as indicated below to foster and find out how you can help a kitten along its journey to a new home environment. Once you speak with our director, she will put you on our email distribution list. When you see an email (or see a Facebook posting) with a situation you think you can handle, then you should contact our director immediately. For example, some of our fosters are wonderful with shy kittens or kittens of ferals, others are great with orphans and will wake up every couple of hours to bottle feed and don’t have to go out of the house to work, some are great with sick kittens, some are good with teens, some want one or two to start, some go straight for the pregnant kitty (gaining their trust before they go into labor, being there for the delivery through weaning). So there are lots of ways one can help.
- Indicate in the Subject Line that you would like to be added to our foster list.
- Provide your email information (to be placed on our email distribution list) and all other contact information, including phone numbers and address.
- Please indicate if you are able to take a pregnant or nursing mom, orphans who need bottle feeding, special needs, emergencies, or any other preferences.
- Please indicate the type of setup you have [do you have a separate room? are all your animals up to date on vaccinations? do you have any children (and their ages)? etc.].
- Please also note if you have any experience in bottle feeding, giving fluids, special needs kitties, semi-ferals/shy kittens, cat pregnancy & births.