Fostering Process

If you would like to become a foster family, please complete the application form.

Guidance for Fosterers

• When approved as a fosterer you will be given a foster contract to read and sign. Please make sure you read this thoroughly and abide by it at all times.

• Cats/dogs coming into foster care will be allocated to the most suitable person (where possible) and will depend on suitability of family and the home environment. For this reason, fosterers cannot choose which cat or dog they would like but a discussion between the team and the potential fosterer will take place to agree suitability.

• Mums with kittens will only go to experienced fosterers and not to fosterers with children under 5.

• Sometimes we may need to move cats around due to compatibility issues or to accommodate taking in another cat. We will, where possible, discuss this with the people concerned but it may not always be possible due to time constraints. We will decide in the best interest of the cats and move cats accordingly.

• When you have been allocated a cat to foster, experienced guidance and advice will be given with regards to the handling and care of that specific cat from the Saving Strays team. This guidance must be adhered to at all times to avoid any unnecessary accidents, injury or stress to the animal and/or yourselves. If the guidance is not followed, you will be in breach of the foster contract.

• Foster cats must remain indoors at all times and precautions must be taken to ensure the cat does not escape. This includes keeping windows and doors shut and locked at all times.

• Fosterers are responsible for taking their cats to vet appointments and these appointments will be given out by the FC. Please make a note of these and dates of future flea and worm treatments.

• If fosterers are unable to take the cat to the vet they must let the FC know as soon as possible to see if the appointment can be rearranged or a transporter arranged.

• Our vets’ details are: Vets4Pets Address: Drummond House, Moss Bank Way, Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 8NP Tel: 01204 308700 and RSPCA Bolton Address: 21 Vernon St, Bolton BL1 2QB Tel: 01204 521160. Cats should only be taken to these vets unless prior permission has been given to attend a different vet. This would only be agreed under exceptional circumstances.

• If you feel your foster cat requires a vet appointment other than those scheduled, you must speak to the Saving Strays admin team about this as soon as possible BEFORE making a vet appointment giving reasons why.

• If a cat/kitten develops sickness, diarrhea or any other health problem, please inform us straight away so we can provide advice accordingly.

• Where medication is required, the team will instruct the fosterer on how and when to administer, and this will include flea and worm treatments.

• To avoid confusion and misplaced items, all flea and worm treatment will be collected from the vets by the admin team. If you are given this in error, please let us know and we can collect or it can be dropped off with a team member.

• Any friends and/or family wanting to adopt a cat must do so through the Saving Strays webpage.

• If you are going on holiday or going away for the weekend etc, please let the FC know as soon as you can so we can make alternative arrangements for your foster cat(s).

• If you know of or have been contacted about a stray animal, you must contact the Saving Strays team and they will arrange for a scanner to attend to check for a microchip. Do not make any promises to the person finding or notifying you about the cat as we have to ensure there will be a foster space available. If it is owned and the owner no longer wants it, they will need to complete a surrender form and we will take it into foster care as soon as practically possible.

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