- Ensure the safety of all foster cats under your care.
- Cat proof your home.
- Always use a cat carrier when transporting your foster cat. And, never under any circumstances let your foster cat outdoors.
- Providing for the cats basic needs: food, water, shelter.
Periodically, ICRA can supply donated food, kitty litter, or toys; however, this is not a guaranteed provision. We do not reimburse for pet supplies, but recommend that you keep your receipts for use with your tax preparation. We have forms to help you keep track of your tax deductible expenses.
- Spend quality time with your foster cat.
Provide toys and spend time interacting with your foster cat.
- Trim nails often.
- Brush regularly, especially long-haired cats.
- Consider monthly Advantage treatment as part of the grooming process to prevent flea and tapeworm infestation. (If you are seeing black specks or flea dirt deep in the fur, you've got fleas!)
- Begin very basic training.
- It is important to train your cat to use an acceptable scratching alternative from the start.
- Don't allow your foster cat to eat off of the table or get up on counter tops.
- Observe and report any problems with the cat(s) to a Foster Home Coordinator.
Watch closely if they are using their litterbox, eating and drinking normally, and if their stool is normal. Closely observe incisions following all surgeries, including spay AND neuter, each day for several days. Don't even wait for a day once you see signs of illness or redness, swelling or oozing from an incision site. Any signs of illness should be reported to a Foster Home Coordinator immediately.
- Medicate animals when needed.
- If your cat is put on medications, it is important that you follow the directions carefully. Continue all medications as directed. Do not stop giving medications just because the cat looks better.
- All medications and veterinary care will be provided through ICRA. It is important that you follow the policies for obtaining medications and vet care. ICRA has set procedures in place in order to control costs related to veterinary care for our cats. If you obtain services without prior approval, ICRA will not be financially responsible.
- Keep bedding and litterbox clean.
- Transportation to and from vet, when needed.
Always use a carrier. Please be on time for your scheduled appointments.
- Transportation to and from the adoption site every weekend once the cat is ready for adoption and a space at the adoption site is available.
Once your foster cat is ready for adoption, call the Adoption Coordinator to find out space availability. Once your cat is in the adoption program, weekly attendance is vital in finding a home for your foster cat. If circumstances prevent attendance, please call and cancel ahead of time. Forty-eight hours notice is requested. If you are not able to attend, another cat on the waiting list can use the space. Please bring your cats to the site between 10:45 and 11 AM and pickup at 4 PM or as designated.
- Maintain medical records and Bio for your foster cat.
Watch for dates that your cat needs vaccinations. Hold onto all testing, vaccination, spay/neuter, deworming, Advantage, and other medical records. Be sure to bring these to the Adoption Site the first day your foster cat shows. You will need to fill out a Bio for each of your foster cats.
- Read and comply with ICRA's policies and philosophies covering the Adoption Program, Foster Program, and Reimbursement including when you are a communicating to the public.
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