NAPANEE COMMUNITY KITTEN RESCUERescuing, Rehabilitating & Adopting Homeless Kittens and Cats.
FOSTERING SAVES LIVES.
Fostering for Napanee Community Kitten Rescue is away to help more kittens and cats find new lives.
Sometimes it is tiny kittens who have lost their mother, and require syringe/bottle feeding. Sometimes it is older kittens who need to be socialized. Often, it includes a mum cat, who may or may not be friendly.
We take all of them into care and find the best foster parent for them.
We take the scared and homeless kittens (and sometimes their mums and other adults) and get them to trust people and learn their social graces. It often requires patience and time, depending on the situation.
We raise the bottle babies until they are ready for adoption.
If you would like to be a foster parent – here are some things to think about.
If you have animals of your own, they must be spayed/neutered and vaccinations must be up to date. They must not have fleas, or any communicable diseases if they are going to be in contact with the kittens/cats. Dogs must be supervised when interacting with the kittens/cats, and your own cats must be supervised at least until their attitude towards the kittens/cats are sorted out
If you have young children, they must be supervised at all times when with the kittens/cats.
The first thing you may need is a room in which to isolate the kittens/cats while getting to know them, and to keep them quarantined from other animals. If they are scared, it gives them fewer places to hide as well. Young kittens socialize very quickly, but the older they are, the more effort, time, and patience it requires. Sometimes they have already been quarantined and are somewhat socialized…so this is not as crucial…we can discuss that.
We can teach you what to do with feral kittens/cats. There are techniques that work well with almost all of them…and things you will need to know not to do, like picking them up right away. Most do not like leaving the ground and can panic. Working with them requires being down at their level at first. This depends of course, on how social they are to begin with.
Many of the techniques we use are in the link below and on our page Resources.
Foster parents can be supplied with everything they need, or provide food and litter etc. as part of their donation to the cats and kittens of NCKR. NCKR will take care of all the medical costs such as de-flea-ing, de-worming, vaccines and spay/neuter…and anything else they might need.
Fostering can be short term or longer. We try to get kittens/cats adopted as quickly as we can, but if they are ready, and there is no adoption centre with space, it might be longer than originally planned, so fostering can sometimes be an open ended commitment.
Our kittens and cats are the foster parent’s responsibility on a day to day basis – you are responsible for their care and safety, but we are always available for mentoring, medical care, advice and visits.
Our application and contract can give you more information, and we are happy to talk to you if you have questions or concerns about being a foster home.
If you are interested in fostering, please fill out the application and send it back to us.