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Volunteer as a Cat Fosterer

Would you like the companionship of a cat, but not in a position to give long term commitment? 

Here at Bluebell Ridge Cat Rehoming Centre, we have been rehabilitating and rehoming unwanted, stray and abandoned cats for 24 years. We'd like to expand our team of volunteer fosterers so we can offer an alternative rehoming journey for those who don't cope as well in a cattery environment and would benefit from one-to-one support while they wait for their forever home.

Fostering a cat is such a rewarding experience, giving a needy feline the love and care they so deserve, and seeing them blossom. We'll give you the support and guidance you need along the way, and together we can improve the lives of cats in our care.

What's Involved?

You'll be temporarily caring for a cat or cats while they wait for their permanent home. Some cats are unable to cope in the cattery or need behavioural or medical support. Cats will normally stay with you for between a few weeks and several months. In this time you'll be: 

Taking care of their needs (feeding, providing fresh water, keeping their litter tray and living space clean, socialising and grooming them, and playing with them)

Monitoring their health and behaviour and keeping accurate records

Providing us with photos, videos and information to help us match them with their perfect forever home

Accommodating visits from potential adopters (who have passed our adoption checks)

Some cats may need medicating and taking to vet appointments

You might also wish to offer to foster pregnant females or mums and their litters

You don't need to worry about cost when you foster a cat from Bluebell Ridge. Food, litter, bedding, equipment and any veterinary treatment are covered by the Cattery

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What you need to become a fosterer

Empathy and be able to adapt to the different needs of the cats in your care

Be over 18 years old 

Have experience caring for pets (we will provide training and ongoing support). If caring for pregnant females or mums with kittens, experience is essential. We'll carefully match a cat or cats to you.

Either own your own home, or have written permission from your landlord to foster cats

Have a good-sized room just for your foster cat to settle in to and have as their base camp. You don't need to have a garden, as our foster cats are to be kept secure indoors. 

A calm home, with no young children (as the type of cat who needs fostering will need peace and quiet)

Be local to the Hastings area, and ideally have use of a car to take your foster cat to veterinary appointments if and when needed

No other cats, or dogs in the home

Be openminded and have a willingness to learn and follow our procedures

Good communication skills

Ready to foster? 

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