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Foster Care Program

Cats admitted to the shelter often include those who need special medical attention, are recovering from injuries, or are expecting kittens. Because these cats need frequent attention and a quiet place to recuperate, they’re cared for in the loving homes of our Foster Care volunteers. Foster Care volunteers care for these cats until they’re feeling better, or until new moms have delivered and weaned their kittens. They are then spayed and neutered, and taken to the shelter for adoption.

Want to be a foster parent?

Are you a work-at-home mom or professional who loves animals? An empty-nester with a spare room and love to give? A retiree looking for a volunteer project? 

We’re always looking for dependable people who can be temporary foster parents for pregnant cats, newborns and orphaned kittens, or cats who can’t live at the shelter because of an illness or injury. We also need permanent foster homes for cats who can not adjust to shelter life, or with chronic diseases like diabetes and kidney failure or other health issues that would be better managed in a foster home.

Foster care parents should have a car to transport the cats to veterinary appointments when necessary. Expenses, like medications and veterinary care, are handled by the Independent Cat Society.

If you’d like to foster, but have pets of your own, the foster cat can live in a comfortable extra room in the home until he or she is well enough to return to the shelter for adoption.

Please call the shelter at (219) 785-4936, and leave your name and telephone number. Or, email us at shelter@catsociety.org, or complete the Volunteer Form online.

The foster care coordinator will contact you for an interview and possible home visit.

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