Fostering

There’s No Place Like Home

Fostering is caring for a rescued animal in your own home until a permanent adopter is found. It is the primary way that Friends of Felines is able to rescue over five hundred cats and kittens annually — because of our foster volunteers. Our animals come to us through many channels, mostly from off the street. Our foster volunteers take these cats in, clean them up, get them healthy, and shower them with love until a forever home is found.

You don’t have to be an animal expert to foster with us. All you need is a safe home, a willingness to learn, and a love of animals. We’ll help you with the rest!

Friends of Felines is located in Calvert County, Maryland. Fostering with us works best if you live close to our weekend adoption venues and partner veterinarians. This includes areas such as all of Calvert, southern Anne Arundel, northern Charles and St. Mary’s counties. If you don’t live near any of the above areas, we recommend contacting a no-kill rescue organization near you to get involved with.

Foster Parent Responsibilities

Fostering with Friends of Felines is a lot of fun! We encourage our foster parents to treat their foster cat(s) like resident cats, giving them the love and attention that every animal deserves.

We cover all medical costs, and many start-up supplies such as pet playpens or cages, litter boxes, heating pads, bottles, etc. We ask that our foster parents provide wet and dry food, litter, and other basic supplies associated with cat care if able.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Eager to foster a litter of adorable fluffy kittens? Hoping for some peaceful company with a mellow adult? Looking to really make a difference by caring for a special needs cat? You tell us who you would like to foster. We’ll match you with a foster cat (or cats) based on your requests and experience. Kittens are a lot of fun and oh-so-cute! Adults are generally easier, with fewer vet visits and more nap-times!

Fostering Bottle Babies

Bottle babies are orphaned kittens that are still too young to eat solid food on their own. They’re usually under four or five weeks old. Without a mom-cat to feed and clean them, it’s up to us to make sure these little ones survive.

We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming bottle-feeders. This requires a serious commitment, as very young kittens may need feeding as often as every two hours. This type of fostering is best for people who stay at home, work from home, or are able to bring tiny kittens to work every day.