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MEOW handles over 1,500 animals each year. Most of these animals spend part of their lives in loving foster homes provided by the community. If you are interested in becoming a foster home for MEOW and are over the age of 18, please read the following information. To apply to become a foster home, please visit the shelter to complete application forms.
Foster Parent Responsibilities
Length of Fostering
Foster cats/kittens remain in foster care until they meet the following criteria:
The Foster "Room" in Your Home
A kitten-proofed extra bedroom, bathroom, or laundry room are ideal. New animals brought into your home should be isolated from your household pets. Please understand that whenever you expose your own pet to a foster cat or kitten, there is a risk of illness or infection. Wash your hands after handling your foster cat/kittens. If your fosters have a contagious condition, you might also want to wear a long-sleeved shirt while handling the fosters, then take it off prior to having any interaction with your own pets. Your pets should be current on all vaccinations for their own protection. MEOW is not legally allowed to provide medications or treatment for any kitties except those belonging to MEOW.
The Adoption Process
You are our best source of information about your foster(s). Any observations you can provide will help ensure a good placement, and will result in happy kitties and happy adopters. If you would like to adopt your own foster cat/kitten, you must complete an Adoption Application and qualify as an approved adopter. As foster, you will be offered a reduced adoption fee. If someone you know would like to adopt one of your foster kitties, the prospective adopter must go through the routine adoption procedure and pay the normal adoption fee. While we appreciate referrals from our foster homes, please do NOT promise any cat or kitten(s) to anyone. ALL ADOPTIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY A QUALIFIED MEOW ADOPTION COUNSELOR. Cats and kittens should not be "shown" to interested adopters unless and until an approved adoption application is on file at MEOW.
Fostering should be a rewarding experience. Foster homes provide a safe and comfortable place for MEOW cats and kittens to live while preparing for their forever homes. Your loving service to these animals is greatly appreciated.