Foster Family FAQ – Cats
What if I get attached to my foster cat?
It happens. After all, we wouldn’t be animal-lovers if we didn’t fall in love with every animal that came through our doors. A number of foster parents have adopted one or more of their foster cats. In these cases, Designer Dog Rescue simply asks that the foster/adopter pay the regular adoption fee to cover medical costs. Of course, a foster parent should always remember:
For every animal that I adopt out, I am gaining the space to save one more life.
How long does it take for a cat to get adopted?
This is a tricky question to answer because there are many factors that determine when a cat will get adopted. Adopters sometimes look for certain traits or breeds, which may make certain cats more desirable. People generally prefer kittens, leaving our sweet and affectionate teens and adults overlooked for months or, in some cases, years. However, ensuring that your cat is “on the adoption circuit” vastly increases its’ likelihood of getting adopted quickly. This means regular attendance of adoption events and maintaining the cat’s webposting online.
Do you have a Foster-to-Adopt program?
No. Designer Dog Rescue does not do Foster-to-Adopt. However, we do offer a 7-day grace period after the adoption contract is signed; if the adopter feels that the cat is not a good match, we will take the cat back and refund the entire adoption fee.
And, of course, because all of are cats are in foster care, the foster parent can give a full summary of the cat’s health and personality, right down to their favorite toys and their preferred method of drinking water! Looking for a cat who drinks water straight out of the tap? We’ve got a few of those!
Can I foster if I already have a cat or dog?
Of course! Many of our foster parents have a resident cat or dog (or exotic bird or tropical fish) in the house. We teach our foster parents how to integrate their foster animals with their resident animals in a way that is healthy, safe, and still allows the resident animal to reign supreme!
What if I only want to foster kittens/teens/adults?
When you attend your foster training session, you will tell the Foster Coordinator what your restrictions are and what kind of cat you’d like to foster. The Foster Coordinator will then find you a foster cat that accommodates your criteria.
What is a “bottle baby”?
“Bottle baby” is our term for kittens who have not been weaned and are too young to eat solid food on their own. Generally these kittens are younger than 4 weeks old and caring for them requires a fair amount of experience and a lot of dedication. Bottle babies need to be fed every 2-8 hours around the clock, so many of our bottle-feeders work from home or take the kittens to work with them. Additionally, kittens these young are unable to urinate and defecate on their own. Normally, a mother cat will stimulate these kittens to go to the bathroom, but without a momcat, guess who gets that responsibility?
If you are interested in becoming a bottle feeder, we do host bottle baby classes throughout the year.
Is there an age restriction to foster with Designer Dog Rescue?
Yes, you must be 21 years or older to foster. If you are under 21, you may foster alongside a parent or guardian who is required to accompany you to the training session.
I am currently caring for some cats that I would like to find new homes for can Designer Dog Rescue help?
If you already have cats that you would like to find homes for, you should consider our Community Foster Program. This program was created for people who are looking to rehome their exisiting cats, or have rescued independently and could use some help in finding good homes. While Community Foster parents are required to cover the cost of their cats’ medical bills,Designer Dog Rescue can help provide resources for low or no-cost vaccinations, medications, and vet appointments (including spay/neuter services). Community Foster parents are also encouraged to show their cats at Designer Dog Rescue’s weekend adoption events and post them on our website.
This program is ideal for people who do not wish to foster after their current cat(s) has been adopted.