We started our charity work in Greenwich (London) at the home of our founder. Soon, other volunteers joined the CatCuddles fostering network and our team has been growing ever since. Our volunteer foster homes are currently mainly in SE London and NW Kent, but also in East London and soon in North London close to our new clinic as well.
Fosterers are amazing people. They literally save lives. The more fosterers the charity has, the more abandoned, unwanted and homeless cats we can get off the streets and out of bad situations, and then on the path to new, happier lives. You can read a first-hand account of what it's like to foster a cat for CatCuddles here.
The job of a CatCuddles fosterer is to care for a cat, or cats (sometimes a pair or a litter) temporarily in their home, until a permanent loving home can be found. We are always looking for individuals who are willing to dedicate their time to this special cause.
Fostering cats is immensely rewarding but not for everyone. We follow set guidelines on the kind of space and commitment required to be a Catcuddles fostering volunteer, the most important being having exclusive space to allocate to the cats inside or outside your home, and the time to properly "care & cuddle". It is not as simple as it seems, but if you have the will, we have the way.
Our fostering volunteers usually dedicate one room (or suitable outbuilding) to fostering their CatCuddles cat. This room is equipped with everything the foster cat needs, such as a litter tray, bedding, bowls and toys, all supplied by the charity. The idea of the fostering room is to replicate the kind of space that a cat would be provided with in a shelter environment, minimising all risks to the kitty until they can be adopted into a loving new home.
Keeping a foster kitty temporarily in one room also has the added benefit of minimising any stress caused to a fosterers' own cats by having a temporary visitor in their home. With the door kept closed, this isn’t usually an issue. Doors and windows in your fostering room will need to be kept closed at all times, and it’s important that you do not let your foster cat outside. It can take months to safely introduce a cat to the outside - since a foster cat is staying with you only temporarily, making this introduction is not worth the risk.
A key requirement of fostering is being able to spend some daily time with the cat(s) to ensure they are comfortable with human company. Some cases require more dedication or experience than others but many require only a love of cats and can be successfully managed around a normal working schedule.
Occasionally, carefully vetted prospective adopters will want to visit the cats in their foster homes, which will be pre-arranged by the adoptions team at a mutually convenient time. Having a car and being able to take your foster cat to our collaborating vets in Greenwich (or our new clinic in Palmers Green once open) for vaccinations, or any other necessary treatment, is an added bonus!
Saying goodbye to a foster cat can be tough, but there is always a huge amount of comfort to be taken in knowing that the cat will be happy and loved for the rest of their days, and that you – their foster carer - have played a pivotal role in making that happen. We will say it again; foster carers are amazing people!
Enquire about fostering for Catcuddles
If you are interested in joining the CatCuddles Volunteer Fostering Network, please get in touch by completing the form below.
Our most urgent need is for fosterers in the area of our main fostering hub in Greenwich. However, we are in the process of expanding to our first proper Headquarters (opening at Palmers Green in the 1st quarter of 2017) where the charity will be operating its first cat-only veterinary clinic, as well as a rehoming hub. We are therefore very keen to recruit fostering volunteers within 30 minutes of our HQ and clinic so if you would like to be considered please let us know by completing our enquiry form below.