We are looking for foster families

What is a foster family?

A foster family temporarily welcomes into their home, a cat or kittens in need of the extra TLC that they can’t get in a shelter. 

When a person or family decides to foster, they undertake to pay for the food and litter required for the duration of the cat’s stay, with the exception of cats with special diets. Veterinary expenses are fully covered by ARN. Ideally the foster family is required to transport the cat to and from the designated clinic for appointments, however volunteer drivers can be organized when needed.

Cats placed in a foster home stay with the family until they are adopted. Cats are placed in foster for various reasons such as:

  • Cats with special diets (ex: urinary issues or allergies, etc)
  • Pregnant cats
  • Mothers with kittens
  • FIV+ cats
  • Senior cats
  • Stray cats
  • Cates in need of socialization

What are the advantages to be a foster family?

  • You can enjoy the companionship of a cat for a short period of time if you are not ready to adopt, however longer-term fostering is also possible.
  • You help a cat to heal and socialize in a healthy environment, which increases his/her chances of a successful adoption.
  • You are not responsible for the veterinary costs associated with the foster animal; these are covered by ARN. You only pay for the food, litter and enrichment (toys, scratch posts, etc). 
  • You can help save animals in urgent situations such as abandonment, abuse, unweaned kittens.

What are the obligations of a foster family?

If and when you can no longer continue to be a foster family, you must inform ARN at least two weeks in advance so that we can organize the animal’s return to the shelter, or to another foster home.

From time to time, your foster cat will need to make appearances at our adoption events. This gives the cat a greater chance at finding the perfect forever home. Ideally the foster family is required to transport the cat to and from these events, however volunteers drivers can be organized when needed.

You must be available and open to visits from potential adopters. These visitors are always accompanied by an ARN volunteer adoption counsellor.

If you need additional information, please send an e-mail to ARNfostercare@gmail.com.

If you wish to become a foster family, please complete the Online Form.

— The ARN Fostering Program Team