Why are fosters
Kitt Crusaders doesn’t have a shelter (yet!) so all of our cats live in foster homes while they wait to be adopted. You’ll often see posts on our social media feeds asking for fosters because there’s a cat or litter of kittens that we want to rescue, but we can’t do it without lining up a foster home. We’re not kidding when we say fostering saves lives!
Fostering is nice for the cats, too. Instead of living in a cramped kennel waiting to be adopted, they get to hang out in a cat-loving home. Plus, we get a better sense of their personalities and proclivities, which helps us match them with the perfect forever home!
Is fostering hard?
Not at all! At least, it’s no harder than having a cat of your own.
Foster parents provide food, litter, and a safe and loving home, and Kitt Crusaders does the rest. Because our adoption events are in Larchmont Village, it’s easier if you live in the Hollywood area so you can bring your foster cat to our events on Sundays, but proximity is not a deal breaker.
What if I get
What if I get
Yeah, that sometimes happens. It’s why the term “foster fail” exists!
We always ask if your intention is to be a temporary foster of if you want to foster-to-adopt. If you go into it thinking it’ll just be temporary, but then you fall in love, no worries! Our foster parents get first priority for adopting the cat they’re fostering, in case they want to make it official.
Fostering-to-adopt is perfect if you know you want a cat, but you need to see how it works in the home before you sign those adoption papers. This is especially useful for folks who already have a cat or dog in the family, and need to be sure everyone’s personalities mesh.
Don’t worry, though, fostering isn’t a way to trick people into adopting! If you’re not in a position to provide a forever home, we would still love to have you foster a cat. We can’t guarantee you won’t get attached, but we will provide tissues for when your kitty eventually finds her forever home.
Kitt Crusaders frequently takes on litters of kittens who are too young to be adopted. Sometimes, they’re so young they aren’t eating solid food yet. Those teeny tiny kitties are what we call bottle babies. They need to be fed every four hours and given a little extra attention.
If you’re interested in fostering bottle babies, we will train you on bottle feeding, as well as how to teach the kitten the stuff a mama cat would normally teach her kids (like how to pee & poop and how to groom themselves).
If you want to experience newborn kittens, this is the way to do it! When kittens this young are brought to city shelters, they’re euthanized same-day because the shelters simply don’t have the resources to bottle feed. If we have bottle feeders trained and ready, we can jump in and save more kittens!