Foster Cats/Kittens –
Kitten season is coming! The registration for Spring 2021 feline foster onboarding sessions are now open. Can’t foster but want to help kittens? Donate items from our wish list.
In the meantime, stay up to date on latest news, stories, and events at HSSV by signing up for our monthly email newsletter.
Fostering is probably for you if you can answer yes to these questions!
- Are you 18 years or older?
- Do you have extra space in your home and extra time in your schedule?
- Can you transport your foster cat or kitten to HSSV in Milpitas for routine veterinary care?
Feline Foster Onboarding Sessions
Feline Foster Onboarding 05/15/2021
Saturday May 15, 2021 | 11:30am
Feline Foster Onboarding 05/29/2021
Saturday May 29, 2021 | 11:30am
Feline Foster Onboarding 06/12/2021
Saturday June 12, 2021 | 11:30am
Feline Foster Onboarding 06/26/2021
Saturday June 26, 2021 | 11:30am
Feline Foster Onboarding 07/10/2021
Saturday July 10, 2021 | 11:30am
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 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.
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 Are The Benefits Of Being An HSSV Feline Foster Volunteer?
- Opportunities to learn about animal’s behavior and care, discounts on Adoption fees, Medical services, Training classes and supplies at our Whole Pets Store, plus direct access to other ways to get involved with HSSV.
Want more information on caring for kittens?
Watch this video on how to care for a bottle baby kitten!
More ways to help
Help supply foster parents with everything they need to raise baby kittens. Give to the kitten baby shower!
Become a Monthly Donor for our Lifesaving Foster Program!
Do you want to be like stellar Brenda Stelle? Brenda does it all –she gives to HSSV monthly as a Faithful Friend, and spends her free time fostering very young kittens! Faithful Friend supporters ensure that we can say “yes!” to every animal that comes to us in need of care by providing a monthly, dependable stream of funding that is there for the animals, no matter what!
For the time being, we have all the dog foster families we need. We will continue updating this page as our needs change, so check back regularly. You can also stay up to date on latest news, stories, and events at HSSV by signing up for our monthly email newsletter!
What we’ve seen over the last year is that most of the dogs needing foster care through HSSV fall into these six main categories:
- Larger adults (40+ pounds)
- Pregnant and/or nursing moms and puppies
- Dogs with medical needs (recovering from surgery, needing surgery, skin or allergy issues)
- Dogs needing a lot of stimulation, both physical and mental (husky lovers, we’re looking at you!!)
- Dogs who might be shy or afraid
- Dogs might need some extra training around how to interact with other dogs or strangers
Please note: we can’t guarantee foster parents a specific size or breed of dog or that any foster dog will be hypoallergenic. All dogs on the Available Animals page have already been in foster care and are no longer eligible to be fostered.
Fostering may be for you if you can answer yes to the following questions:
- Are you 18 years or older?
- Are you an experienced dog person or family and comfortable with the types of dogs currently seeking foster care?
- Can you transport your foster to our Milpitas ACC for routine veterinary care?
Check out the FAQs for more details.