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Cat and kitten foster parents provide short and long-term care for animals in their homes. By offering your time, love, and attention, you prepare your foster cat or kitten for adoption into a permanent, loving home.

Looking for more ways to help? Help supply foster parents with everything they need to raise baby kittens. Give to the kitten baby shower!

Join The Kitten Baby Shower

Why do these cats/Kittens need foster care

  • Some kittens are too young and/or underweight to be placed up for adoption.
  • A momma cat and her nursing kittens need a home environment where they can feel safe and receive proper socialization.
  • Cats or kittens who need time to recuperate from an illness or injury.
  • Cats and kittens may need socialization or behavior modification.
  • Adult cats are often overshadowed by the huge numbers of cute kittens that appear spring through fall, making our beautiful adult cats sit at HSSV for a long time, waiting for someone to simply notice them.

What do I need to do to be a foster parent?

A flexible schedule is key! That’s because you’ll be:

  • Transporting your foster animal to veterinary care and vaccination appointments at our Milpitas Medical Center.
  • Picking up supplies, dropping kittens off at one of our locations for adoption, and meeting with potential adult adopters.
  • Taking care of your foster animal until he or she is adopted, or when adoption space becomes available - we can’t always predict how long it will take (several days or weeks, for kittens, to a month or more for adult cats).

If you foster kittens, you’ll need an area where you can keep them isolated from your own companion animals for a 2-week period minimum.

If you foster adult cats, you’ll need a room where your foster cat can start living in and safely retreat to as he/she begins to explore your home and can eventually be introduced to other pets you might have.

Sweet! How do I become a foster parent?

  1. Attend a Kitten or Adult Cat Orientation class to learn more! Sign up on the HSSV calendar.
  2. If you like what you hear at Orientation, we’ll ask you to fill out an application to become a foster volunteer, which includes a $40 registration fee.
  3. Then, when a cat or kitten needing foster comes in, we’ll call you. If you’re not available, we will ask the next volunteer on our list.
  4. You will be assigned a mentor, who you can contact when you have questions, or when you want some tips and tricks for working with your foster cat or kittens.

Questions? Email

How To Foster A Baby Bottle Kitten

Can't make it to our foster classes? Watch this video on how to care for a kitten!