Talk About Adoption
"If you have several rescue groups/shelters to choose from, do some research and foster for the one you feel most comfortable with how well they screen…"
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If you have several rescue groups/shelters to choose from, do some research and foster for the one you feel most comfortable with how well they screen adopters. Find out as much as possible about their adoption procedures - the application, and whether or not someone goes over it carefully with the person before they are given a pet.
Witness an adoption during busy summer kitten season if possible, and ask questions. Be wary of groups that let people walk up and take pets home right away, no matter how many forms and contracts they have to fill out. Many groups ask for vet references, etc. and have a waiting period so these could actually be checked if the screening person wanted to.
It is rewarding to let your fosters go to their permanent homes when you feel that it will be a good home, but very hard emotionally to see them going to an iffy-looking situation and you find out that the screening they assured they do, doesn't take place.
If you have a choice of who to foster for, support the organization whose screening procedure you are most comfortable with, so more animals can be adopted out by this organization.
Mels C., owner of a Domestic Long Hair
"I would clean out an extra room that is the "cat room" for fostering kittens. Even if you don't have any other pets, kittens that young should be kept…"
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I would clean out an extra room that is the "cat room" for fostering kittens. Even if you don't have any other pets, kittens that young should be kept in a small room until 5-8 weeks, or until ready. It's also helpful if people were to be opening outside doors or something ever.
Have your supplies ready - including all paper towels, trash bags, cleaner, toys, water and food RIGHT there. It's a pain to keep running out for stuff.
Give them options on where they want to sleep or sit or play in the room. They don't like to be told what to do and when.
Be very quiet and only allow one to two people in the room at first. Too many people overwhelm even the most affectionate cat!
Find a good vet and don't be afraid to ask the fostering organization a lot of questions about the cats. If anything goes awry, call them and ask them something, or if it's big, call the vet or just go.
Kristen W., owner of a Russian Blue
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