Can I Stay at Your Place for Awhile?

Snuggle kitties. Save lives. That’s what you can expect when you join the foster program at FFCR.

— About our foster program —

Rescued kittens in foster care get TLC and the comforts of home so they can start life off on the right paw. Veteran foster volunteers also provide temporary care to cats and kittens who are recovering from illness or injury, or who need socialization support.

With the help of amazing foster families, FFCR’s foster program cares for 400+ homeless kittens and cats each year. Plus, fostering makes room at the shelter to take in more cats who need help, saving multiple lives.

You don’t have to be a feline expert to join our team. If you’ve got a love of cats, a willingness to learn, and a little extra room in your heart and home, we can help with the rest!

We cover all vetting and medical costs.

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We provide a starter supply kit.

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You provide care and snuggles!

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Your first step to fostering for FFCR is to complete our Foster Interest Form.  Fostering with us works best if you live within the Chicago metro area and can arrange transport to an approved veterinary clinic when necessary.

Fostering Opportunities

Fostering time commitments will vary, although a few weeks to a month is typical. There are some instances where longer stays do happen.

Kittens

Neonate kittens require experienced fosters. Kittens eating on their own who are 2 or more weeks away from being ready for adoption need a safe space to grow. Kittens still may need to go through vetting. 

Mama & Kittens

Nursing  kittens may need supplemental feeding or other supportive care. Kittens will need to reach 2 lbs before they are eligible for spay/neuter surgeries and adoption.

Adults

Adults are a great place to begin your foster journey!

Seniors

Older cats need special attention and a quiet, accessible home.  These souls face high euthanasia risks due their advanced age; even though they have so much love to give! Cats are considered seniors around 11 years & “super-senior” cats at 15+ years.

Socialization

Some cats come to us a little shy or spicy and need some extra time to trust and feel safe. Fostering these kitties will mean a longer time investment, but there are few things as rewarding as witnessing their true purrsonalities bloom.

Medical or Special Needs

A few cats need a dedicated space to recover or flourish. These can range from broken limbs, diabetes, CW, or other specialized care needs that require longer time commitments. 

FELV+/FIV+

FIV+, FeLV+, kittens or adults that need medical care or daily observation. Some of these cats need to be the only cat in the household (but not always). Many FELV+ and FIV+ cats live a long and happy life! 

Adoption Counselor

Adoption Counseling is a key point in the rescue process. Counselors work to pair cats with the applicants wishing to add that special pet to their family. They then perform their matchmaking magic to find that perfect fit!

Getting Started

Your first step to fostering for FFCR is to complete our Foster Interest Form. Fostering with us works best if you live within the Chicago metro area and can arrange transport to an approved veterinary clinic when necessary.

Starter Supplies

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FAQ

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