Area kitten lovers encouraged to become a ‘foster parent’

Fostering is a great way to help kittens on your own time, in the comfort of your own home for a few weeks or months

Love cats and kittens but not ready for your own? Maybe your lifestyle doesn’t allow time for you to adopt, then fostering may be a great alternative. Fostering is a great way to help kittens on your own time, in the comfort of your own home for a few weeks or months.

Photo courtesy of Furry Friends
Photo courtesy of Furry Friends

Kitten Season is here. That is the period of time between roughly, March through November each year when all the unspayed female cats start having their kittens. A female cat will usually have four-to-six kittens in a litter and can have up to three litters during the season. A female can become pregnant as early as five months old.

Photo courtesy of Furry Friends
Photo courtesy of Furry Friends

Furry Friends tries to take in as many mom cats with babies as they can. But the organization’s volunteers believe these nursing females with their litters need to be raised in a home, not in a shelter. 

“A cat’s personality is largely formulated in the first eight weeks of life. They need to be gently handled as soon as possible. Early human handling results in a well socialized cat,’’ stated information provided by Furry Friends. “The more foster parents we have, the more lives of kittens we can save. The experience of fostering can be one of the most uniquely satisfying and fulfilling experiences of your own unique life.’’

Photo courtesy of Furry Friends
Photo courtesy of Furry Friends

To become a foster home for Furry Friends, a Foster Application must be completed, references checked and the home inspected. Foster parents are to maintain the health and well-being of each cat in their care; with cats remaining indoors at all times. All food, litter and medical will be supplied. Area residents can help make a life-saving difference by becoming a volunteer foster parent today

Furry Friends volunteers believe fostering is a great way to help kittens on your own time, in the comfort of your own home. Photo courtesy of Furry Friends
Furry Friends volunteers believe fostering is a great way to help kittens on your own time, in the comfort of your own home. Photo courtesy of Furry Friends

For more information about fostering, visit the Furry Friends website https://furryfriendswa.org/fostering/. Or for more information call (360) 993-1097 or email information@furryfriendswa.org.

About Furry Friends

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County. The organization cares for them as long as it takes to find their forever home. Furry Friends is a volunteer run organization and depends entirely on private donations, business sponsorships and fundraising events to finance the operation.

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