YOU can make a big difference…for an abandoned and/or abused kitty in desperate need of a safe, temporary home!

There are never enough foster homes for all of the kitties in need. Are you considering fostering? These frequently asked Questions & Answers should be helpful.

What does it mean to foster a cat?

You give a temporary home to a cat or cats who are waiting to fins a permanent home. You get the satisfaction of helping to meet a desperate need and the pleasure of cat companionship without long-term responsibility.

How do I qualify?

You need to be able to:

provide a secure space indoors, such as a spare bedroom;
handle regular feedings and litterbox changes;
spend some time socializing the cat–offering affection to the lonely, encouragement to the shy, and patience to a cat who’s been hurt or frightened and doesn’t respond immediately. Most rescued animals are pathetically grateful for security, kidness, and attention.

How much does it cost?

You don’t have to spend any money. Marin Cat Connection provides all supplies–food, equipment, litter, toys–and pays all vet bills. Of course, donations are gratefully accepted.

What if I can’t manage visits to the vet?

Don’t worry–if a cat needs medical attention for any reason, an MCC volunteer will pick it up and return it.

Do I have to find a new home for the cat?

No. Calls go to Marin Cat Connection phone numbers. A volunteer will arrange visits by prospective adopters at your convenience.

How long will I have to keep the cat … Suppose no one wants to adopt it … What if I get sick or handle the responsibility?

Some cats are adopted right way. For others, it can take weeks or even months to find the right permanent home. But if keeping the cat becomes a problem for you at any point, Marin Cat Connection will find a new foster home for it.

Suppose it turns out that a particular cat & I just don’t get along?

MCC will try to find you a foster cat that’s a good match.

What if I fall in love with the cat and want to keep it?

Of course you may adopt a cat that you’ve fostered. And you still don’t have to worry about your cat’s future, because if you are ever unable to care for it, Marin Cat Connection will find a new, safe and happy home for it.

I’m interested, but I still have some questions.

Call Ann at (415) 381-1440 for a personal interview. We’re always ready to assist the special people who help care for our wonderful kitties.

Volunteer Information Sheet (PDF)

Foster Application (PDF)

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