If you are interested in becoming a foster parent with Sparkle Cat Rescue, please complete the initial foster interest form below. We will get back with you within as soon as possible to discuss you joining our amazing team of volunteers and fosters. Please be patient while we process applications.
Fostering is loving them enough to let them go, so you can help others in need.
What types of fosters are needed?
- Neonatals (experience required) - bottle feeding, syringe feeding, unexpected vet visits if the kitten becomes sick. - Kittens 8 weeks and older (must be able to transport to kitten vet appointments ever 3-4 weeks and any unexpected sick visits. Kittens are cute but need a lot of care and regular vet visits. - Social adult cats (cats that are ready for adoption and attending adoption fairs). - Medical Fosters (able to administer meds and transport to regular vet appointments). - Socialization Fosters (have the time required to spend with shy cats and kittens to help them learn to trust humans and be ready for adoption).
Where should fosters live? Since our primary vets are in Burlington and Greensboro, North Carolina, our preference is for fosters to reside in these areas:
Burlington, Chapel Hill, Durham, Elon, Gibsonville, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, Mebane, Whitsett.
When we are able to hold adoption events, they are in Burlington and Greensboro, NC, and Chapel Hill and Mebane a few times a year. Foster must be able to attend at least one event per month if a cat is not sick, up to date on vaccines, and social enough to attend the event. The foster can drop their cat(s) off at the event if they are unable to stay at the event due to other obligations.
Foster parents will need to have time to care for their foster kitties and provide them the time and attention to ensure that they are comfortable around potential adopters.
Fosters may be required to administer medications and monitor their health, weight, and temperature.
Fosters should become familiar with their kitties' individual personalities so that you can assist in placing them in the best home.
Foster Parent Responsibilities
- Provide safe, clean, warm, inside-only home (no garages/sheds/workshops) for your foster cat(s). - Provide love, care, and socialization to the cats/kittens in your care. -Provide litter/food (these are considered a donation so please keep receipts for tax purposes). We can provide food/litter when it is donated or in special circumstances. - Be able to transport cats/kittens to our discount partner vets in Burlington, Elon and Greensboro. - Be able to take photos/videos for social media posting at least once weekly to help us promote your foster to get them get adopted. - Be available for meet n greets (virtual, in-home or off-site). - Attend scheduled adoption events at least once per quarter if your fosters are social, healthy and meet criteria (re: vaccines) for them to be able to attend.
Sparkle Cat Rescue's Responsibilities
-Pays medical bills and provides all necessary medications. -Provides adoption screenings and many adoption venues.
College student(s) fostering? Unfortunately we are unable to send our cats to foster with college students due to breaks where we would have to find a temporary foster home for the cat. Cats are stressed easily with change and we want to limit the amount of times cats must be moved around from foster to foster and the work it takes to find fosters to cover breaks.
Check out this article from PetFinder on how to be the best cat foster here. If you're still ready to foster, please apply below!