Become a Cat Foster Parent

Here?s a way to help millions of pets and relieve overburdened shelters.

By Jennifer Williams, Ph.D.

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Though animal shelters house thousands of cats, there are still staggering numbers of strays that these facilities simply cannot accommodate without the help of foster homes. Generous cat foster parents open their hearts and homes to cats in need, enabling these organizations to help more cats. Although finding enough dedicated foster homes is a daunting task, fostering saves countless needy cats.

Fostering Helps
Linda Lord, DVM., assistant professor at Ohio State University's Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, conducted a survey of animal shelters across Ohio in 2004 and found the number of cats entering shelters increased 20 percent since 1996. She says that while she cannot say with certainty that other areas experienced similar increases, she believes it is likely.

More cats mean that shelters are often cramped for space. The Brazos Animal Shelter in Bryan, Texas, uses foster homes for cats that aren't ready for adoption. This creates space in the shelter, which allows the facility to help more cats.

**For the full article, pick up the June 2007 issue of CAT FANCY.**

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valerie    crestline, CA

10/25/2014 11:10:45 AM

Hello my name is Valerie I have three cats that I'm looking for a good foster home I have recently became homeless and have a few jobs lined up and a place I can stay but the problem is my cats I've had them for years and I do not want to lose them in any way if anybody can help out for a month or even two it would be such a big help there the biggest babies& just need a good foster home for the new month or so Thank you so much hope to hear from someone soon (:

Kerry    Fowlerville, MI

4/26/2013 4:30:52 AM

We are adorable, sweet, playful and would love to enrich your life. Our names are Autumn, Priscilla & Noah. Autumn is a beautiful calico who is affectionate. She is playful and independent. Priscilla is a beauty queen beautiful all white with literally a crown on her head in her markings, and Noah is all boy and very playful but surprisingly loves to cuddle and be loved.

Leah    Pearland, TX

8/6/2012 1:00:21 PM

I am looking for someone to foster my cat for about two and half months. Just until I get moved into my new house. He is very sweet, neutered and declawed. Please contact as soon as possible at or 832-646-8350. Thank you!

Claudia    Costa Mesa, CA

8/2/2012 9:05:12 AM

I'm looking for a foster parent for my two lovely cats. They are Mom and son and are simple adorable!
I have to move out and I don't find an affordable place to live to go with them. I cry every morning just thinking to give them away. I urgently need help. I wouldn't like to lose them, I'm just looking for someone to take care of them for a while. Any info will be highly appreciated. Thank you!!

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