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Fostering FAQs

Thank you for your interest in fostering for KittyKind. Below are some FAQ to help you learn about all fostering has to offer. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us anytime.


What does “fostering” mean?

Fostering means taking a cat (or cats) into your home and treating him/her as your own pet for a temporary period. The average time for fostering is approximately 2 weeks, but some cats get adopted quickly and some take longer. If you have a time constraint (for example, you can only foster for 3 weeks), we work around this with advance notice. We ask that you provide wet (and dry, if appropriate) food, litter, basic supplies (and love!) but you are not responsible for medical care costs or prescription foods. If you are fostering and have a question about medical care, please contact us immediately. We require our fosters to bring foster cats to our vet located in the East Village. We ask that fosters be prepared to bring animals to occasional adoption events. We have adoption events for adult cats less frequently, and for kittens more often. If you cannot attend an adoption event with your foster cat we can help arrange transportation. It is a very rewarding and fun experience for people who are not ready to adopt but want to help save a cat’s life. You are the critical difference between a cat making it out of the shelter and into their forever home or not- and that’s an amazing feeling.


Am I responsible for finding a forever home for my foster cat?

KittyKind has an amazing adoptions team that works diligently to find all our cats forever homes. The adoptions team takes care of interviewing potential adopters, checking references, and doing homes visits.  There are many things you can do to help us get our cats adopted. We ask fosters to provide photos and updates for our social media to show potential adopters. You can always refer adopters to our team as well!


Can I “try out” a cat I am considering for adoption by fostering first?

We do not allow fosters to pick and choose specific cats with the intent to adopt. However, KittyKind has an amazing  trial adoption program for those interested in adopting. Interested parties should email for more information. If you are a foster parent, we can honor your age/medical/behavioral requests as best as possible, but we are not able to honor requests to foster a specific cat. If you apply to foster, please keep an open mind about which cat you will be fostering!


Am I allowed to adopt my foster cat if I fall in love with him or her?

Yes; while we prefer if you remained a foster home, we do recognize that sometimes a permanent placement with a foster is the best for all involved. Please note that when formally adopting your foster pet, you are still subject to the application process and adoption fee.  Please understand that the organization incurs significant expenses for each animal rescued, so we cannot make exceptions on the adoption fees, even for fosters.


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