What does it mean to foster a cat?
Fostering means taking a cat into your home and caring for him or her until a permanent adoptive home can be found. In addition to the basics of food, water, shelter, and love, we ask our foster parents to help prepare our cats for their forever homes. Teaching the cat good behaviors such as not jumping on counters, stealing food, etc. and spending plenty of time with your foster cat so that it can be used to human love and interaction is key!
How long is the foster commitment?
The length of the foster’s stay varies depending on the cats age and personality. If you are interested in fostering a kitten, please note they cannot be adopted out until they are 16 weeks of age. As a foster, you will have to foster the kitten until they are old enough to be adopted out. Please let us know the length that you are able to keep the cat as far in advance as possible so that we can accomodate and make sure we have another foster home for the cat. We ask that fosters are able to keep the cat for a minimum of 1 month, otherwise please apply for our temporary foster position!
What am I expected to provide and what is expected of me?
We ask that you provide food, shelter, and basic supplies such as litter, a litter box, and scoopers, (and love!) but you are not responsible for medical care costs. If you are fostering and have a question about medical care, please contact the rescue immediately. We generally require our foster parents to bring foster pets to one of our vets, except in case of emergency. Additionally, if you are interested in fostering, but will not be able to pay for all supply costs, please speak with our foster care manager. On a case-by-case basis we will make exceptions and allow cats to go into homes where we help provide necessities. Please keep in mind that we run solely based off of donations and it is important that we use these donations for medical care costs and rescue operations. It is extremely important that our fosters are able to provide necessities for the cats.
We ask that you send us high quality pictures and videos of your foster cat showing their true personality on a weekly basis. These videos can be shot on your phone, but it is important that they are well lit and in focus. We also ask that you provide a personality write up of your foster cat(s). Many cats do not show well at adoption events as they can be extremely stressful, and this is the way for interested adopters to meet your foster cat.
Fosters are required to be available to take the cat to the vet if necessary or in case of an emergency. Additionally, we ask that foster families be available for us to pick the cat up for adoption events. If possible, we ask that foster families bring the cats to the adoption event, but if not, we do provide transportation to events.
Do you cover vet bills?
Little Wanderers NYC covers all necessary vet costs for our cats, and we have several vet partners in NYC who work with us to provide them with the best possible care.
What type of support will I receive?
Our foster manager and team will be available to provide you with direct support.
What can I expect when I bring the foster cat home?
Many of our cats are rescued from the tough NYC streets. They, therefore, need to be allowed an adjustment period. Unlike dogs, cats do not immediately warm up to people so we ask that you are patient with your new foster for 2 weeks. We ask that you keep an open mind when welcoming a foster cat into your house.
Am I responsible for finding my cat a furever home?
Ultimately, we are responsible for finding your cat(s) a furever home. That being said, you must provide us with photos and videos that display your cats’ personality. Additionally, we ask that you post your foster cat(s) on social media as spreading the word of a needed home is extremely important!
What are adoption events?
Adoption events are a great way to get exposure for your cats. Be aware that many cats find adoption events to be extremely stressful and their true personalities do not shine through, however it is an important way to allow interested adopters to meet the cats.
Can I try out a cat that I am interested in adopting by fostering first?
Yes! Please see our foster to adopt section under our adoption tab! We consider our foster-to-adopt program to be a “trial” period before adoption! This being said, we really value our fosters and they are an extremely important part of our organization running as we do not have a physical shelter! If you are interested in fostering, please sign up to do so!
Can I choose my foster cat?
If we are posting for a cat that needs an immediate foster, you can offer to foster that specific cat! That being said, we often times place a cat into foster as soon as it comes into our organization, and therefore many times our fosters are not able to choose which cat they get. We will keep in mind and accomodate the age of the cat you are interested in fostering and the number of cats which you can foster.
Where is your shelter located?
We do not have a physical shelter and rely solely on foster parents to care for our cats!
What if my foster cat does not work out?
We understand that fosters do not always work out. If this is the case, we will move your current foster cat to a new foster family and place another cat with you if you are interested.
Can I foster if I have other animals?
Ultimately yes, however this will be decided on a case-by-case basis!
Can I change my foster cat’s name?
If Little Wanderers has already assigned a cat a name, we ask that you do not change it. Cats’ names are linked to their medical records in our system, so it is important that we keep the same names for all of our cats. If a cat is extremely new to Little Wanderers and does not yet have a name, you may be asked to choose a name for it!
What is the foster age requirement?
A foster must be 21 years of age or older.