be a little bit of home before their forever home

Foster homes are an integral part of what we do at Dane County Friends of Ferals. A vast majority of our cats come to us because they are shy, fearful or otherwise need more time and care than can be given in larger shelters. Our foster homes provide this space and time that many of our cats come to us needing. Interested in helping us in this way? Read on.

There is a wealth of information that you will receive during your initial tour/training. We will go into further detail about each piece of our program with you then. The following is a small, general list of foster responsibilities. Before you apply, please make sure that the following list are things you’re comfortable with.

We expect fosters to:

…provide a safe environment and providing good care to their cats/kittens.

…provide food and litter for their foster cats.

…communicate with staff and coordinators regarding concerns regarding their foster cats/kittens.

…have an awareness of their cat’s/kitten’s health and oncoming illness (for example a cold, diarrhea, fleas, skin irritations, etc.) All fosters are also responsible for communicating any medical concern immediately to DCFoF’s Veterinarian.

…know what is considered a medical emergency and when to contact the appropriate people.

…get cats/kittens into Sly’s Place (our shelter) for their medical appointments that are schedule with our Veterinarian (vaccines/surgery/exams/etc).

…know what the Adoption Fair requirements are to go to our Adoption Fairs and Adoption Centers.

…know our Adoption requirements and the process with which we connect adopters and cats.

…be familiar with our website:

…know if their new cats/kittens will need slow acclimation (if they are shy or scared), and have the patience to allow them the space to come around.

…understand that taking animals into your home is done at your own risk. DCFoF cannot assume financial responsibility for non-DCFoF animals. If your new fosters have not been fully vaccinated, dewormed, tested, and/or treated for any apparent illness – DCFoF strongly suggests keeping them separate from your owned pets.

…maintain a professional relationship with all other volunteers and staff associated with DCFoF. Fosters are also responsible for maintaining a professional relationship with anyone from the general public. This includes but is not limited to potential adopters, potential new volunteers, anyone associated with our adoption centers and fairs, etc.