Become a JerseyCats Foster Home
Because we do not have a shelter or facility of our own, JerseyCats is entirely foster home based. This makes foster homes crucial to our existence and success. We cannot purchase good foster homes, so this is one of the most important contributions to our efforts.
Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as an animal lover. It offers the best of both worlds to you – the love, affection and gratitude of an animal without the lifetime emotional and financial commitments.
We prefer that our foster homes be within a 30 minute drive of Jersey City. General requirements and guidelines for fostering are listed below. However, because each case is unique please contact us if you are interested in becoming a foster parent.
What are the duties as a foster parent?
- Provide daily care, cleaning, feeding of your foster cat(s). Food and litter can be provided by JerseyCats, although your donation of food and litter is always appreciated.
- Administer medications, if prescribed. Veterinary care and medications are provided by JerseyCats.
- Socialize and provide lots of love for the cat(s) in your care.
- BE COMMITTED to your fosters! Your foster care time commitment will vary dependent on the cat’s particular circumstances and you may have your foster cat for a few months.
What are some of the qualifications necessary to become a foster parent?
- All resident animals must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated.
- Cats must be tested for FELV and FIV so their status is known. Positive status does not preclude fostering. In fact, FELV+ and / or FIV+ households are often needed for positive cats in need of a foster home.
- The foster home should have a separate area where your foster animals can be isolated from your resident animals, at least temporarily.
How will my foster cat(s) meet prospective adopters?
- We work with each individual foster parent or family to make arrangements to introduce your foster cat(s) to potential adopters.
- This may include a JerseyCats representative picking up the foster cat(s) from your home for transport to adoption events, or bringing potential adopters to the foster home.
How will my foster cat(s) be chosen?
- When matching you up with a foster cat(s), we take into consideration your level of pet experience, your schedule, your desired level of involvement, and of course your current family/pet situation.
If you are not sure that you are ready to adopt a cat, fostering may be the perfect alternative. It allows you to experience what it really takes to care for an animal. And if you need to go away while you are fostering, we do the cat-sitting!
If you are interested, please contact JerseyCats.