Becoming a Foster
Our foster care program gives you a chance to help us save lives! Animals that need foster homes include: kittens under 12 weeks, pregnant or nursing cats, cats recovering from injuries or surgeries, senior cats and cats with special needs.
Fostering one of our rescues gives you a chance to save lives. It also helps us keep space available at our adoption center!
What does it cost?
There is no fee to become a foster. You are responsible for providing food, litter, toys and love for the cats in your care.
What will Furrever Friends provide?
Furrever Friends covers all medical expenses for the fosters in your care. We will try to provide you with donated food and enrichment, when available. The Foster Team wants to make sure that your foster experience is a positive, rewarding experience! We do our best to meet the needs of both the foster animal and your family.
What type of animals will I foster?
During the application process you can specify what you feel comfortable fostering. For example bottle-fed kittens, older animals, special needs, etc.
How long will I be fostering a pet?
Fostering can take anywhere from a few days to a few months; it's dependant on the individual animal that you are fostering. You do not need prior experience and it's okay if you have pets at home as long as they're up to date on all of their shots and are friendly.
How do I become a Foster?
- Apply online! Fill out the foster family application here. Be as thorough as possible! Please make sure that your information is accurate and up to date. Also, please take care when listing personal references because these are a major source of information in our approval process.
- Application Review: Our Foster Coordinator will go through each application thoroughly to make sure your family is a good fit for our program! The review and approval period can take anywhere from one to three weeks. Be patient and remember that we are trying to make the best fits possible for your family and our program!
- Home Visit: A home visit may be required. The home visit is an opportunity to meet with one of our volunteers and to ensure you are matched with the right foster pet.
- You will be contacted once your application has been approved. At that point, your name will be added to our Foster Email List. You are now eligible to receive calls and foster pleas!
- You will receive the Foster Manual that reviews our foster policies and procedures before taking home your first foster animal.
For more information, please contact our Foster Coordinator:
Can't Foster, but Want to Help?
If you can't foster, but would like to help the program, you can do so by donating supplies! Donations can be dropped off at our Deptford PetSmart Adoption Center. We are always in search of the following items:
- Newborn animal nursing bottles & kitten milk replacement
- Canned kitten & cat food
- Dry kitten & cat food (no red food dye!)
- Food & pet scales
- Pee pads
- Large cages/crates and exercise pens
- Kitty litter & litter boxes
- Scratching boards for cats
- Metal & ceramic food dishes
- Blankets and towels
- Postage stamps
- Bleach and laundry detergent
- Small paper plates
- Gift cards to any store that sells pet, business or hardware supplies (suggestions: PetSmart, Target, Wal-Mart, Staples, Tractor Supply, Lowes, any grocery store)
You can also help out by gifting an item from the Foster Program Wish List on Amazon!