Are you interested in a fostering opportunity here in Point Roberts? If so, please reach out to PAWS after reading the following information:
Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, and kittens in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care while others may need up to three months.
Separation from resident pets is recommended on a case-by-case basis, based on the type of fostering. Generally, we recommend kittens be isolated from your own companion animals for the health and safety of both the foster animal and your own companions. A separate room or enclosed area, ideally with no carpet, often works best (like a bathroom, bedroom with no carpet or a laundry room).
We have a variety of fostering situations as there may be orphaned kittens, semi-feral kittens, pregnant mothers, mothers with kittens and adult cats. Our busiest time of year is between April and October, but we need foster homes year-round.
Fostering takes work, patience and dedication.
FOSTER HOME REQUIREMENTS
- Fosters should have some prior experience with taking care of a cat.
- Fosters can pick up their own supplies (food, litter etc.) and/or transport a cat to and from the vet, or we can assist. (PAWS will pick up the tab)
- We foster to indoor homes only. We therefore require you to have secure screens on your windows and ensure that cats cannot get out of your home at any time.
- We require your own animals to have up-to-date vaccinations. Even so, colds and other illnesses may enter your home with the foster cat(s), so it’s not advisable for the fostered animals to mingle with your pets initially. Friendly older cats and dogs can be a great comfort for young, orphaned kittens once an isolation period of a week to 10 days has passed.
Semi-feral cats & kittens:
It takes a lot of time and patience to socialize semi-feral cats, but taming them is extremely rewarding. If you have previous experience with cats, we’ll support you through the taming process.
Interested in adopting a cat or kitten?
PAWS will often have kittens born to feral mothers, the kittens are usually trapped after being weaned from the mother cats.
No kitten will be adopted out prior to being spayed or neutered, and receiving its first vaccinations.
PAWS reserves the right to determine suitable homes for all kittens or cats adopted. For the sake of our bird life we prefer that the cats be indoor only.
A donation toward the cost of surgery and vaccination is greatly appreciate as we are a entirely self funded rescue relying on the generosity of our community.
Please contact PAWS to be placed on a waiting list as kittens arrive on an unpredictable schedule, but generally between April and October.
How to Help Stray Cats
- Give Them Shelter. Feral cats need a space where they can escape the rain and extreme temperatures of winter and summer.
- Feed Them.
- Quench Their Thirst.
- Contact PAWS for assistance trapping, spay/neutering and releasing.
- Determine if Cats are Actually Homeless.
- Consider Finding a Home for a Stray.