Foster Care Program
What is foster care?
A foster home is a temporary home where a homeless pet can stay until they are old enough, and/or healthy enough for spay/neuter surgery, or there is room for them at one of our three Adoption Centers. We also bring pets recovering from injuries or those that have special needs, into a foster home so that they can avoid the stress of the Adoption Centers. Juliet's House has a network of several foster homes that regularly work with us, but we are always in need of more. We have no permanent facility, so the number of animals we can take in depends directly upon the number of foster homes we have available. Simply put, the more volunteers we have fostering homeless pets, the more lives we can save!
Who can foster? What's involved in fostering?
We require that foster parents are at least 18 years of age. To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your family or roommates, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. You also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted when it is ready to go to an adoption fair. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation.
You will most likely be asked to meet with one of our foster care coordinators to go over our procedures and to ensure that you understand your responsibilities.
Preparing your home.
If you are fostering kittens or puppies, remember that they will play or chew anything they can find, including drapes, electrical cords and lampshades. So be sure to kitten-/puppy-proof your home.
Supplies You May Need:
A “house” for the pet: You can use the carrier in which you took the animal home, a crate or a cardboard box — anything that will provide the pet a familiar-smelling, dark, quiet refuge. A large cardboard box comes in handy if you have a mother with a litter of kittens or puppies.
Water: Provide access to water at all times. Remember, young animals can drown, so make sure the bowl is very shallow.
Food: Speak with Juliet's House about what kind of food, the amounts and how often to feed your foster. Juliet's House will also tell you if the pet you are fostering needs any special foods, supplements or diets.
Litter box and cat litter for foster cats: Cats will instinctively use a litter box and mom will begin teaching her kittens how to use it. You can use a shallow litter box or an old cake pan. Speak with Juliet's House about whether it prefers you use clumping or non-clumping litter, as some require non-clumping litter for kittens younger than four months old.
Heating pad or space heater: Depending on how warm your room is, these extras will ensure that everyone is comfy and cozy. If you use any of these items, be sure that there is space for the pet to move away from the heat in case she is too hot, and always place heating pads on the lowest setting.
Toys: Go crazy if you want! Mice and buzz balls make kittens happy and can be reused as long as animals do not have any contagious diseases. Kittens can amuse themselves with empty rolls of toilet paper. Empty cardboard 12-pack soda boxes are good for a number of different games. Clean tennis balls, old socks stuffed with nylons, caps of liter soda bottles, and paper bags make great toys as well. Young kittens don’t respond to catnip, but mom will like it.
Scale: Although not critical to success, a food or postal scale is very helpful for monitoring small kittens’ growth, which averages four ounces a week.
Other considerations: A bottle of enzymatic cleaner for accidents; a rope or carpet scratching post; and adoption applications to give to people who are interested in your foster care animals.
Adoption Center Cleaners
Help us keep our kitties' homes clean!
Juliet's House is lucky to have many of our adoptable cats living at the Petsmart adoption centers. However, we are
responsible for keeping their cages clean and ensuring that they have fresh food and water. Our volunteers also bring used blankets and toys home to be laundered. We are always in need of more help maintaining our adoption centers!
Spend quality time with our adoption center cats.
It's amazing what a little TLC can do for a rescue animal. Consider spending some time playing or just loving on our cats at our adoption center. Do you love cats but a family member is allergic? Are you a college student who is not allowed to have a pet? Come cuddle with our kitties and get your cute fix.