National Cat Foster Home Network Launches

Website creates national network of cat foster homes to curb animal euthanasia due to shelter overcrowdings.

Posted: September 15, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Fostering cats could ease cat shelter overcrowding and give more cats a second chance.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 60% of dogs and cats that enter animal shelters in the United States are euthanized. Many of these more than 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized due to dog and cat shelter overcrowding. A new website, FosterSpot.com, aims to relieve shelter overcrowding through fostering by creating a nationwide network of temporary dog and cat foster homes.

Hoarding cases in which cats are removed by the local SPCA, Humane Society or Animal Control put a sudden burden on cat shelters. Temporary fostering can lessen this burden, and  shelters and rescue groups can reach out to potential fosters through an online network.

Both cat shelters and cat foster parents can register on the website. Cat shelters can register their organization and list specific cats that need temporary fostering. Registered users can leave detailed information including warnings (i.e. "not good with other cats") and special care needs. Potential fosters can browse foster listings and register to receive email alerts from a specific shelter about a specific species or breed. Fosters can then contact the shelter through the website and work out a fostering arrangement.
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mj    Ottawa, ON

9/21/2011 10:13:46 PM

I really hope people sign up for this foster program. I have found fostering cats and kittens to be the most rewarding experience ever, and I've learned a lot about cat training and the nature of cats (stuff you can't get from reading a book!). Make your home a foster home, you won't regret it!

quinton    Brawley, CA

9/21/2011 4:57:19 PM

I have bend thinging about something like this for years an now it is hear thanks Mother Nature This is a win win for the cats an dogs and for the fosters some shelter and recues groups will supply the foster with food and vet care not just for the cat or dog in the fosters care but for their kitty an pup to now that what i call a win win. =^..^=

Donna    Austin, TX

9/19/2011 4:23:54 PM

Good idea

ruby    susanville, CA

9/19/2011 10:14:04 AM

cool

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