Because SFAR do not have a physical shelter, Jodi and Stella rely on our dedicated team of volunteers to foster any incoming cats and kittens. The women and men who foster for our charity do it for the love of felines and are vital as a dedicated support team.
Our foster parents treat our rescued kitties as their own, giving them all the love and care they need, until we can find homes for them.
There is no substitute for rescued kittens and cats being taken into foster care. Only in a loving home where there are other cats and dogs, children, and adults, do these kitties begin to adapt to normal life. The hardest part of being a foster parent is saying goodbye. There is, however, always gratifying fulfilment in knowing you’ve helped change the lives of vulnerable, innocent, and often abused cats and kittens and given them love, hope and tenderness on their way to a better life.
Foster Moms who take care of new-born kittens are very special indeed. The task is hugely demanding yet incredibly rewarding.
Because they are so fragile, they need to be kept warm and their vitals and weight monitored carefully. Feeding requires the proper technique and feeding bottles to ensure they do not aspirate on formula. Depending on their age, feeds need to happen every 2 to 6 hours. By 3 weeks, soft solid foods can be introduced alongside formula until they are fully weaned.
Feral kittens have never had contact with humans and take a lot of loving patience to learn how to trust. The younger they are, the easier they can be tamed. Taming adult cats is near impossible (although there are exceptions).
Feral kittens need a lot of gentle physical touch as well as vocal reassurance. To speed up the process, we sometimes need to split feral kittens into smaller groups between our foster homes to ensure focused attention and taming success.