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BE A FOSTER PARENT

Help us give a cat a chance to find a loving, permanent home. As a foster parent, you give care and comfort to a needy cat or kitten during a sometimes frightening and traumatic transitional time.

BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT WITH THE CAT NETWORK

Here's how our foster parents program works:

Foster parents are informed of the cats/kittens in need of a foster home and may choose their designated foster cat(s). To ensure that we maintain a disease-negative population, Cat Network foster parents agree that they will not foster for another feline group.

Foster parents have the final say about adoptions UNLESS the Cat Network group believes that the proposed adoptee home does not meet organizational standards.

Adoption days are usually on Sundays at the Petco in Ballwin.

There is a written medical protocol: All animals are spayed and neutered except kittens that are too young. In this case, the adopter is given a spay/neuter coupon, which must be used within the first 6 to 8 months after adoption. All cats are combo-tested, and receive shots. Cat Network cats are de-wormed and micro-chipped, and given an overall exam. They are not put up for adoption until a vet says they are healthy. A written medical record comes with the adoption of our cats stating any health or diet problems. The adopter must verify he has read the medical records.

We have approximately 12 veterinary partners. Most fosters select to use the Cat Network vet closest to their home. When appointed your foster cat, you may select the Network vet you want to use. We call that vet to verify your status as a foster parent and from then on, you make your own appointments.

Foster homes usually provide their own transportation to and from adoption days and veterinary visits. Most foster parents stay to interview prospective adopters, as they know the catís habits and personality better than anyone else. In the event you must leave town for an extended period of time, a few foster parents arrange to have another Cat Network volunteer care for their kitties. Finally, in the event that some foster parents don't drive, other volunteers will try to arrange their cats' transportation to vets.

Click here for a foster application

 

ďIf man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat."

--Mark Twain

 
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