Foster Volunteer Profile
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Black Cat Rescue Foster Volunteer! Black Cat Rescue does not have a physical shelter, so our foster homes are absolutely essential to our mission to save black cats. While some of our rescue cats come to us as owner surrenders or found strays, many are transferred to us from local animal shelters. Cats who are caged in a traditional shelter setting are often too fearful to successfully meet adopters. In open admission shelters, for black cats in particular, the result is all too often euthanasia. By opening your home to a rescue cat, you are providing not only shelter but a healing, therapeutic environment and renewed chance at adoption for a cat in need.
Here are some important questions to ask yourself and those in your household before fostering an animal:
Are you able to get the cat to a veterinary hospital quickly in an emergency?
Will you be able to spend quality time with the cat? On average, it is best to spend at least 2 hours a day with your foster animals. Socialization can be as important as feeding them and keeping them clean.
Are you comfortable hosting adoption visits in your home?
Are you aware that there is a great deal of cleanup and even possible damage to your home? Foster animals can ruin drapes, carpeting, clothing and Black Cat Rescue will not be held responsible for any damage incurred while fostering an animal.
Are you able to separate our animals from your own? Foster animals must remain isolated from your resident pets for a minimum of seven days. Can you keep them in an enclosed area away from your animals?
Can you commit to spending the entire foster period with the animal? If something unexpected happens, you will need to inform us right away of an early foster return.
Do you feel comfortable explaining to friends that these animals are not yours to adopt out and that they must go through Black Cat Rescue’s regular adoption process?
Will you be able to say goodbye to the cat at the end of the foster period? It can be difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached.
Are you emotionally prepared to handle the death of one of your foster animals? This can be very difficult, but the sad truth is that it sometimes happens. In this event, Black Cat Rescue should be contacted immediately.
Please designate one adult contact person for the household. This person should also be the primary Foster Volunteer caring for the foster cat.
Include street and apartment numbers, city and zip code.
Please briefly describe the general atmosphere and environment of your home.
Please list full names of all household members, including children and their ages.
Do all household members agree to fostering a cat in the home?
Who will be the main person responsible for the care of the foster cat and fulfillment of Foster Volunteer Agreement?
Do any pets currently reside in your home?
Please include all pets, even if they belong to a roommate or reside outdoors part of the time.
Yes: Other Free-Roaming
Yes: Other Caged
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