Note: new foster applications are on hold until 2020. In the meantime, ACC is always in need of fosters.
We can only rescue cats when they have somewhere to go. That’s where fosters come in!
WE ACCEPT FOSTER APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTS IN FLATBUSH, CROWN HEIGHTS, DITMAS PARK OR PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS.
Please scroll past the FAQ to access the foster application.
I’m busy - what's involved in fostering?
Most fosters have busy work schedules and resident cats of their own - so yes, it's possible!
Fostering usually requires a time commitment of around 1-2 hours per day, usually centered around normal meal times, and depending on if the cat(s) requires socialization or medication.
Where should fosters be based?
We're looking for fosters in Flatbush, Ditmas Park, Prospect-Lefferts or lower Crown Heights. Location is important because we need to visit often and transportation time/costs add up quickly. So if you're outside of that area, we'd recommend you contact a local group closer to you.
I have a cat. Where would the foster cat(s) stay?
Cats usually stay in a bathroom or a safe, smaller space away from your cat.
Will they meet my cat? Is that safe?
Foster cats are typically not exposed to other resident cats and often do not meet them (so it’s fine if you have cats). If the cat has been with you for a few weeks, and has been vaccinated, and you want them to meet, we can advise on best practices for the "introduction process." Many foster parents eventually prefer to have their fosters out of the bathroom and hanging out with their cats, and that's ok after a quarantine period. It depends on your space, your cats and your schedule.
How long? What does it cost?
Fostering typically lasts about 1-2 months until the cat is adopted. It can be longer for special needs situations or kittens in the summer. It can be shorter too, but that's the average. Make sure you don't have any major travel during that time frame, although a weekend trip is fine as long as you have a super reliable sitter.
We will cover supplies (as needed) and 100% of vet costs. We just ask that fosters provide their own litter.
Things to know about fostering:
Foster period goes until cats/kittens find a permanent home - this could be two weeks or several months (unlikely but possible). If you are unable to continue fostering, please notify us asap to make arrangements - we need as much lead time as possible.
Check in periodically with updates (ex. several times per week), so we know how things are going. Questions are great - there is no question that is too small, silly, or random! You can text, call or email us anytime (call for emergencies).
Understand what to look for and notify us of any behavior changes or health concerns (dramatic loss of appetite, diarrhea, discolored stools, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, etc).
Only feed them the food we provide unless we’ve discussed otherwise. For example, do not add dry food or any other new foods to their diet.
Spend a minimum of 2 hours per day with them (ex. one hour for each meal time and cleanup), and more if possible. The goal is to get them comfortable in a household and cozy up to humans, so the more time you spend loving on them and playing with them, the better!
Take lots of photos and videos to share with us, so we can help them find a home!
Be reasonably available for potential adopters to visit kittens, as permanent homes are our priority. You'll be able to schedule visits at times that work for you (evenings, weekends, etc.)
Return any borrowed supplies after fostering period is complete.
Handle transportation to vet visits if needed. We will cover the costs, but if you're able to help transport the cat to a vet, this is extremely helpful as we have busy schedules too! Most foster cats will need to visit the vet once or twice on average. Weekend vet appointments are available.
If you choose to adopt the cats/kittens, that’s great! (The adoption fee still applies.) If a friend is interested, they will need to submit an application to us and go through the same process.
Administer any meds routinely (dewormer, flea treatments, etc), we can help with questions. Do not use medication unless we discuss and/or the vet advises it - for example, dewormers and flea treatments are species and size specific and using the wrong one can be fatal!
Provide all the normal care and conditions from the adoption agreement.