Thank you for your interest in our Foster Program! We rely on the help of dedicated volunteers to assist with specialized care for pregnant cats and/or kittens, bottle baby kittens, puppies, and cats or dogs with special medical or behavior changes. These animals need extra love, attention, and socialization which a shelter cannot offer, but your loving, temporary home can! While our animals are in your care, we provide all of the medical supplies and food that is needed.
An approved foster application is required. Please review the types of animals you can foster before submitting your Foster Application.
Become a Foster Parent
Please make sure you are filling out the correct Foster Application and that you reviewed all of the information below before submitting. Applications will only be considered if all required fields are completed.
Types of Fosters:
Please review this information before filling out your application so you can make an informed decision about what types of animals you feel comfortable handling.
- Orphaned bottle babies (0-3 weeks): These are the most intensive yet rewarding types of kittens to foster. They need to be bottle fed every 2-3 hours (but can go up to 5 hours overnight). The foster acts as a surrogate mom and must clean, feed, and help stimulate kittens to go to the bathroom just like their mother would. These kittens are completely helpless and need fosters who help them thrive and grow. This is perfect for part-time workers, people that work from home, and stay-at-home parents.
- Orphaned (singleton’s) gruel babies (4-5 weeks): These kittens do not have a mom so need a foster to take care of them. They are starting to transition to wet food with a mixture of kmr. They can be left alone 4-6 hours at a time (up to 8 hours overnight). They sometimes need supplements of bottle feeding while they learn to eat wet food and go to the bathroom on their own a litter box. These kittens are great for people who work part-time, who work full-time but can come home to check on them during lunch break, home school teenagers, and retirees.
- Kittens (6-8 weeks): Weaned kittens are able to eat on their own and can be left alone all day with food and water available. They usually love to play and have lots of energy. They typically need foster care for 3 weeks to get big enough for spay or neuter. This is perfect for full-time workers due to the flexibility in feeding.
- Momma cats with her kittens: This is a very rewarding foster experience watching the love between momma and her babies. They need a quiet, safe place to care for and raise their kittens. Typically, they need 6-8 weeks of fostering until kittens are big enough for spay or neuter. They can be left alone all day with food provided for mom. This is a perfect low-maintenance experience for the first time foster.
- Adult Cats or Dogs: These animals have special medical or behavioral needs that we cannot accommodate in a shelter environment. You will work with staff to find the best match for your home.
- You must be at least 18 years old to foster an animal with Faithful Friends.
- All pets in a volunteer’s home must have current vaccinations to avoid transferring illness.
- All volunteers are subject to a Criminal History check.
- Our focus is building a long-term relationship with our volunteers. Our priority for acceptance will into our Foster Program will be volunteers you are willing to make a commitment of at least 6 months.
Still Have Questions?
If you have questions about fostering, please contact our the appropriate Foster Coordinator.
Cats – Devin Raimondo | firstname.lastname@example.org | (302) 427-8514 extension 136
Dogs – Nicole Cunningham | email@example.com | (302) 427-8514 extension 119