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Because there is never a shortage of cats, OSCatR is always in need of foster homes. Foster home volunteers are an integral part of the Adoption and TNR programs (Trap, Neuter, Return). Without foster homes, OSCatR would be limited in the help they could provide to cats who are referred to the adoption and TNR programs.

Can I adopt my foster cat?

Yes! OSCatR has a long history of “failed foster placements” that have become furrever homes. However, we discourage fostering as a means to “shop around” for the perfect cat. If you are fairly sure you wish to adopt, we can suggest cats that we think would thrive in your home environment, helping to ensure a long, happy union.

What do I need to become a foster?

Fosters need a quiet room to isolate the cat/kitten for about 10 days. This isolation period allows for the parasitic treatment medications to take effect. It also allows for time to determine the general health of the cat and to treat for any illnesses before, if applicable, your own pets are exposed to the foster cat.

How does my foster cat get adopted?

Adoptable cats are advertised in various places. Once we receive an inquiry, a meeting will be arranged with you and the potential adopter to meet the cat (currently doing virtual ‘video’ visits). If all goes well, and the adoption is approved, the adopter will electronically sign the contract, pay the adoption fee and arrange to pickup their new family member! If you have any concerns about the potential adopter, please let the adoption coordinator know. 

What are my financial responsibilities while I foster?

Fosters provide food (except veterinary food), litter, toys, treats etc. We will provide these items when we can and when donations are available.

Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue pays for all medical care for the cats under our care through our veterinarian partner clinics. OSCatR will not cover the cost of medical care incurred without our prior consent.

How long will the foster cat be in my home? 

It’s hard to know how long it will take to find an adopter for each specific cat. Some cats are adopted very quickly, while others take much longer. We work closely with you to match you with a cat that best meets your experience, and time commitment.

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