(Foster) Pets Add Life

 

Pets Add Life (PAL) is a campaign dedicated to increasing animal adoption by highlighting the many ways pets enhance our lives. Once a year they ask bloggers to get in on the act.

Last year I wrote about the benefits of living in a multi-pet home. This year I’m writing about the benefits of being a foster pet parent.  It’s something I know about first hand as the former Foster Mom of 20+ cats and kittens. There’s nothing like the feeling of an adopter thanking you for looking after their baby for them. Talk about gratifying.

Bridget was a cutie and boy did she know it! This photo was selected to grace an I Can Has Cheezburger greeting card!

 

Don’t think you’re the foster parent type? If you’re a jet-setter, fence-sitter, or just have ADHD, you might be surprised to learn you’d make the perfect foster parent!  At the end of this post you’ll find a list of groups looking for foster parents along with one special kitty from NYC.

Jet-setter: If your travel schedule precludes you from having your own pet, you need not live in a furry-free zone. Fostering could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for! Many foster programs are flexible and don’t expect you to foster 24/7.

Fence-sitter: Thinking about adopting but afraid to take the plunge? Fostering is the best way to see what it’s like to be a pet parent (too bad it’s not as easy to test-drive 2-legged parenting!).

Ralphie and Randy, now Scooter and Yogi, live the life in Yonkers NY with IHC fan Karen Lisa.

 

Kitten addict: Can’t stop dreaming about fluffy cute kitties? Fostering is the perfect way to get your kitten fix without ending up with a house overflowing with cats!

Fatalist: Don’t think fostering one cat or kitten will make a difference? Well guess what? Every time you foster, you help save two animals. You make your foster pet more adoptable and free up a cage so another life can be saved!

Commitment phobic: Want to enjoy the benefits of having a cat or dog without the commitment?  Fostering could be the answer you’ve been waiting for!

Wanna-be do-gooder: Have the best intentions of volunteering but don’t have the time? Give back without giving up your weekend or weeknights. Fostering is the perfect way to volunteer and you don’t even have to leave your home!

Kippie showing a youngin’ the ropes!

 

Indecisive: Want to adopt but afraid of making an on-the-spot decision? Take kitty for a test-drive. Being out of a caged environment will allow kitty to show his/her real temperament. This can be particularly helpful when there are other animals in the home. Foster-to-adopt, it’s like lease-to-own!

Octogenarian:  Do you have an older friend or family member who loves animals but doesn’t want to get into a long-term commitment? What could be better than setting up two seniors (just like Max and Bob).

ADHD: Do you have a short attention span? Well as a foster parent you’ll get tired of the same in dog or cat day in and day out. You’ll experience a range of pets from high-energy kittens to shy seniors and naughty adolescents. They say variety is the spice of life!

Exchange student or migrant worker: Not going to be in town for long? If you meet the requirements your short stay can mean a big break from a cage for a lucky kitty or pup!

Little Marla!


Broke artist (or just broke): Want a pet but can’t afford it? Ta-da! Most foster programs are all-expenses paid! Just be responsible and shower your foster kid with love and food, vet bills and litter are taken care of! Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch!

Below you can find a list of a few groups currently looking for foster pet parents. If you don’t see a place near you don’t worry – a quick Google search will point you in the right direction!

***UPDATE: I’M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE SNOWBALL FOUND A GREAT HOME***

But first, I’m hoping one of readers in the New York City area has it in their heart and home to foster this sweet scared kitty Snowball. My friend Lisa visits vet offices for her job and sees rescue animals all the time. But she cannot get this boy out of her mind, and so I told her I’d post him on my blog today.

Snowball is scared and needs a patient foster parent (NY, NY)

 

He’s petrified and literally sits there with his eyes closed.  He’s in need of a patient foster Mom or Dad who can work to gain his trust and socialize him. It’s the only chance he has at every being adopted. Snowball is on Long Island but transportation to a foster home in the area can be provided. Email Lisa if you can help (Lakitty12@nyc.rr.com).

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Australia: Cat Rescue in Sydney, Jenny –  jennystoraker@gmail.com

USA:

Arizona- Phoenix: Lost our home pet foundation, Jodi@lostourhome.org,  602-445-7387
Colorado – Rifle: Greta’s Kingdom luanne57@msn.com, gretaskingdom@live.com
Georgia – Marietta:Good Mews Animal Foundation, ljohns@goodmews.org, 770-499-2287 Illinois – Chicago: Chicago Cat Rescue, Cindy@chicagocatrescue.org, 773.203.0215
Michigan – Howell: Last Chance Rescue, lcrhowell@yahoo.com, (810) 220-9394
Michigan – Swartz Creek: PAWS Animal Rescue, tiffany@pawsanimalrescue.net, 810-635-9649
Missouri – St. Louis: Tenth Life Cat Rescue, foster@tenthlifecats.org, 314-808-2454
New York – New York: Anjellicle Cats Rescue, info@anjelliclecats.com
New York – New York:City Critters, info@citycritters.org 212-252-3183
Pennsylvania –  Scranton NEPA Animal Adoption Network
Texas –  Euless (DW Area):  Trinity GAP Club, trinitygapclub@gmail.com
Virginia -Fairfax: Fancy Cats Org, info@fancycats.org,  (703) 961-1056
Virginia – Tysons, Reston, Leesburg & Seven Corners: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, cat coordinator lostdogharry@gmail.com
Virginia – NOVA, DC, (and Maryland): Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, fosterdog@homewardtrails.org/fostercat@homewardtrails.org
Virginia – Arlington: NOVA SPCA, spcanova@aol.com, 703-799-9390
West Virginia – Grafton: PURR WV, volunteer@purrwv.org

 

The organizations above have been suggested to be through the I HAVE CAT Facebook page. As with any organization or charity, be sure to do your homework!

Not all foster programs are run in the same manner, so make sure to ask and check around to find the program that’s the right fit for you. References and a home check will likely be required. Some programs may only need Monday-Friday fostering while others need it 7 days a week.

This post is sponsored by the Pets Add Life campaign and the American Pet Products Association. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership.  All opinions are those of I HAVE CAT.
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  • Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jmuhjacat

    TYSM for this post!!! I work in cat advocacy via social networking, and though I live on the Left Coast, the NYACC is my primary field of operation.  I “know” Snowball through this work, and I appreciate your furnishing info and links related to fostering.  Responsible, caring fosters are DESPERATELY needed in New York and all across the naiton to help socialize and give safe haven to cats and kittens.  Thank you again!

    • Awwww it’s neat that you “knew” Snowball already! i actually don’t know much about him do you? re: where he was before…I think he was caught on the streets. Yes agree, we need more foster peeps. I plan on writing more about the joys of fostering for sure!

  • Bet people didn’t know that sitting around and patting cats and playing kittens could be considered a valuable service!! 🙂 I’ve been fostering for 10 years, but even if you foster just once you will make a huge difference in the life of one cat (or one litter of kittens)

    • I know right? what a fun and easy way to volunteer!

  • Poohny7

    Great post!!!  Love my boys picture too.  Don’t forget David had a hand in bringing the boys to their forever home.

    IHC fan Karen Lisa

  • Poohny7

    OH, there is a program to foster an animal for a service person while they are on leave.

    http://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/

  • In Pittsburgh, there is FosterCat, which is an all-volunteer organization that’s just foster homes for cats, from expectant moms and neonatal kittens to geriatric kitties. http://www.fostercat.org/.

  • I love this! Yay for fosters! Now if I could get my silly condo to let me have more cats… 😉 

    • THANKS DORIAN! PS – i LOVED your post about the next time you adopt….i feel the exact same way!

  • dck133

    I wish I had space – I would love to take Snowball! But since I can’t I will pass him on and hope someone who sees him falls in love too. 

    • Thanks for sharing! At one point i had a 14 year old cat in my bedroom for weeks. He was so scared and I couldn’t let him out with the others. My guys were freaking out not being able to be in my room!

      • dck133

         Is Snowball in a rescue right now? Or is he at NYCACC and needs to be saved?

        I had Theo under the bed for 6 months. It was so worth it because he was the best cat ever once he trusted me.

        • Tamar

          He is safe, he’s at a vet’s office. But he needs socialization or I fear he will spend a lot of time in a cage 🙁

  • Ms. Tamar, you forgot the best part of fostering, if you fail at it like my Mommy did, you could end up with a loveable animal like ME! Hehe. 🙂

    • Moki you are too cute! Your right! I’m going to def have a follow-up post and I’m sure “Failed” fostering will come up! LOL!

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Thanks for featuring CatRescue! Praying for poor Snowball – please keep us updated! xo

  • For Canadian readers, I founded the http://www.AnnexCatRescue.ca which is an organization of only foster homes in lieu of a bricks and mortar shelter. It’s going strong after 16 years!

  • Carolyn

    Another Australian organisation with a foster program (in Victoria) is Pets Haven, 
    http://www.petshaven.com.au/?page_id=250

  • Snowball is breaking my heart, this picture of him is making me want to cry! If he lived in Germany, no matter what my husband would think, I would give him a foster home (and, who knows, maybe even a forever home). I have the time and patience it would take to help him come out of his shell (if he didnt have toilet problems, because as we still rent a house that would mean bye bye to our deposit money), I would make sure he knew he had nothing to be afraid of. 🙁

  • Little Bridget…so cute and all the others!
    sharing beautiful Snowball.