Volunteering to foster a cat or kitten provides a lifeline for those who may be having difficulty adjusting to indoor life, need a little extra care to recuperate from an injury, or who are young and simply need time to grow before being ready for adoption. You provide the love and care, we provide everything else.
Fostering a cat or kitten from PALnv is a short-term commitment, but is a rewarding opportunity to help a cat or kitten overcome the difficulties of living on the street and move toward finding a loving forever home. You must be 21 or older, and be able to provide a safe, loving, and stable environment for your foster cat or kitten.
Most foster placements last two weeks to two months. Our foster coordinator will work with you to make sure your foster match is right for you, your lifestyle, and schedule. No special skills are required, just dedication, time and patience. We provide you with everything you need from food to medications, litter boxes, bowls and toys, depending on what is needed. We do require you to attend bi-weekly appointments with our medical staff. Appointments will be arranged to fit your schedule.
You can still be a foster parent if you have pets at home. We do require all foster parents have the space and resources to separate resident pets from foster pet(s) if needed. It is important to understand that there is always a risk associated with exposing your pets(s) to other animals. Your foster pet may have been exposed to disease, and could expose your pet, which is why we recommend you keep your pets current on their vaccinations. If you have pets, you may choose to opt out of fostering pets entering the program with certain types of medical issues.
In some cases, you may be asked to dispense medications, and our medical team will provide you with any information you need to care for a sick or injured pet. Our foster coordinator is also available to answer questions you may have. If your foster pet becomes sick, immediately contact our foster coordinator. We will make an appointment for you to bring the pet in to see if we need to send the cat or kitten to a veterinary clinic. All veterinary care is provided by PALnv. Should you choose to take your foster animal(s) to your own veterinarian, we cannot reimburse you for any medical costs.
Please note that foster cats and kittens are the property and responsibility of PALnv. Foster animals cannot be adopted or kept as your own cat until both the official paperwork, the spay/neuter surgery (required by law), they are vaccinated, microchipped and released for adoption are complete. Additionally, foster animals cannot be promised to your friends or family unless and until they complete the adoption screening process.