This is one of the most rewarding jobs at Feral Kitty Trappers TNR’s.
Occasionally, Feral Kitty Trappers TNR’s gets calls from people who have found litters of kittens with no sign of the mother cat. As a foster for Feral Kitty Trappers TNR’s you agree to foster kittens under the age of 8 weeks until they are either old enough, or weigh enough, to be spayed and/or neutered and put into our adoption program.
Fosters must have a spare room/space away from existing pets to stay in and the room must be kitten-safe. Acceptable types of rooms are bathrooms, spare bedrooms, finished basements, or any other furnished/safe room. Unfinished basements, sheds, back porches with a door directly to the outside that is used, or rooms that other pets stay in are examples of rooms that would not work for a foster situation.
There are three different “categories” of fosters:
0-4 weeks old (stage 1) “Bottle Babies”
3-6 weeks old (stage 2) “Weanies”
5-8 weeks old (stage 3) “Toddlers”
You will be placed into one of these categories with each litter, but you may be fostering different stages throughout the year, depending on your experience and availability (bottle babies need much more hands on time vs. toddler-aged kittens, for example).
Because kittens can go downhill health-wise very quickly, especially the bottle babies, we have set up some protocols and guidelines for all of our fosters to follow during their care of these kittens. To be considered for this position, you need to have enough time each day to feed/socialize these kittens on a regular schedule, be able to devote up to 4 – 5 weeks of constant care to these kittens, and be able to calmly handle any situations that arise. You MUST follow all emergency protocol as given and have reliable means of communicating with the medical team. Foster families must be able to bring all kittens into the facility once a week for a health evaluation by the medical team. All supplies (food, litter, medication, etc) will be provided by Feral Kitty Trappers TNR’s. Fosters must also understand that kittens in their care ‘belong’ to Feral Kitty Trappers TNR’s and may not be given away to any individuals for any reason; interested parties must go through the adoption facility we use.
Feral Kitty Trappers TNR’s needs volunteers to help with special events. This could include anything from baking cupcakes for the bake sales, donating items for the rummage sale, helping set up and tear down facilities, or helping to hold and show cats at adoption events with the registered facility we use.