Kitten Foster Care
We are always in need of volunteers who can open their homes and their hearts to cats and kittens in need of love and care. The animals we put into foster are the ones that aren't ready to adopted, either because they are too young and need lots of care, have behaviour issues or just need a break from the shelter. It is important to note that you cannot choose your foster kittens/cat, these are delegated on an as-needed basis, based on your foster care situation/capability.
Becoming a foster carer is a big commitment and not one that should not be taken lightly but, should you do it, it is an extremely rewarding experience. Foster carers need a separate non-carpeted room they can easily disenfect and the room also needs to be kitten proofed (eg: electrical cords are removed). In most cases, foster animals need to be kept separate from your pet/s. Carers need to be able to provide bedding, toys and litter as a minimum.
We match foster carers and shelter kittens based on what best suits your lifestyle. Below are indicative requirements for different age groups/types of kittens, please note which would best suit you when contacting us:
- Bottle Babies (under 5 weeks of age) - need constant care so ideal if you work at home or are retired. Time commitment starts at once every 2 hours for very young kittens. You can read our bottle baby guide HERE to see if you can commit to kittens this young.
- Orphans (5 - 12 weeks of age) - need lots of cuddles and play. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 2-6 weeks in care.
- Scaredy Kitties (4 - 12 weeks of age) - need lots of patience as you help them build their confidence. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 2-6 weeks in care.
- Mums & Bubs - need quiet space to rest and feed but lots of interaction, cuddles and play. Time commitment of 2-3 hours per day for 4-8 weeks in care.
You will be provided with a Kitten Foster Care Manual that gives you thorough guidance on how to care for your kittens, along with support from our Foster Care Coordinator.
Email us to find out about fostering.
Our kitten foster ambassadors Matt Doran and Shae-Lee Shackleford have made a cute video documenting their foster care experience, to view it online click here