Feline Foster Volunteers

Feline Foster Volunteers provide a safe, loving and temporary home for pregnant or nursing cats and kittens (litter sizes can range from 5-9 kittens).  You must be able to separate the foster animals from any pets in your home by keeping them in a separate room.  We will provide training and all the supplies you need.

In 2022, our Animal Care Team looked after 1239 animals onsite and, thanks to our Foster Volunteers, 973 additional cats and dogs were cared for in loving foster homes (including 23 Emergency Boarding cases).

Feline Foster Volunteers are responsible for helping the cat/kittens in their care thrive until they are ready to be adopted.  This will include feeding the animals at least twice a day, possibly more, cleaning litter boxes and socializing the animals.  It may also include bottle feeding and administering oral medications.
Time Commitment
Typically varies from 1 to 4 hours a day depending on the situation.  Foster terms generally last between 2 and 10 weeks.  A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and tidy environment
  • Provide treats, food and clean water, as required
  • Clean and change kitty litter and bedding, as required
  • Interact with cats to help with socialization and adoptability
  • Assist in the maintenance of cats’ health and welfare
  • Administer medication, as required and as instructed
  • Ensure any veterinary appointments are kept
  • Return cats to GTHS Animal Centre as required (for surgery, treatment, adoption…)
  • Ensure cats are safe and secure
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Everyone in the household must be in agreement
  • A room for fostering
  • Committed to animal welfare
  • Experience fostering cats and kittens is preferred, but not necessary
  • Willing to learn to bottle feed (if fostering pregnant/nursing moms or kittens)
  • Willing to provide medication and/or learn to provide subcutaneous fluids
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Good communication skills

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