What is Fostering?

Why Fostering?


Every year thousands of kittens are euthanized in animal shelters around the country. Newborn (neonatal) kittens are vulnerable and require constant care that most shelters cannot provide. These kitten’s only chance is to be taken in by a  volunteer foster family. Once the kittens are big enough to live on their own, they can be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and adopted. 


Fostering saves kittens’ lives.


What Do Fosters Do?

Foster parents give kittens a safe environment and monitor their health. They feed the kittens regularly and even help them go to the bathroom. Foster parents make sure their kittens stay clean and warm. Most importantly, they play with and love their kittens to set them up to one day be adopted.


Not all fosters work with the same types of kittens. Some fosters young bottle babies, while others foster weaned kittens. Some fosters are experts at taking critical cases or working with animals with special needs. People even foster mother cats along with their babies. Depending on interests and availabilities, someone may focus on a certain type of fostering, but other fosters take all types of cases.


Photos of Fostered Kittens

What are the Requirements to be a Foster?

Caring for Growing Kittens


  • Very fragile
  • Must be kept warm
  • Bottle fed every 2 hours
  • Stimulated to defecate
  • Deaf and Blind

1 Week Old

  • Fragile
  • Bottle fed every 2-3 hours
  • Must be kept warm
  • Stimulated to defecate
  • Blind

2 Weeks

  • Bottle fed every 3 hours
  • Stimulated to defecate
  • Must be kept warm
  • Eyes start to open!

3 Weeks

  • Bottle fed every HOW MANY hours
  • Begin learning to use litterbox
  • Begin being introduced to cat food and water

Weeks 4 & 5 (Weaning)

  • Transition from formula to canned cat food
  • Knows how to use a litterbox
  • Playful

6 Weeks +

  • Can eat wet and dry cat food
  • Can use the litterbox
  • Excessively energetic
  • At 8 weeks and 2 lbs. can be spayed/neutered and put up for adoption!

Types of Fostering

The Goal of Fostering is to Say Goodbye

Fosters spend months caring for their kittens and watching them grow. When the time comes these kittens will need to graduate and move off to become other people’s treasured family members. Foster parents must be able to let go and wish their kittens well on their journey. Fostering kittens is about saving lives. Without empty foster homes, future litters will have nowhere to go. Saying goodbye to one litter is what will allow you to open your home up to the next set of kittens in need. (And we promise this litter will be charming, playful, and adorable too.)