If you are a current fosters with medical questions, please email medical@rmfr-colorado.org

Our Foster Program

Are you a cat Lover with room in your house & in your heart? Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue welcomes you!

 

Our foster caregivers provide the love & support that help our cats heal, both physically and emotionally, while opening up space at the shelter to take in more cats in need. Together we save more lives.

Our Needs

We have an ongoing need for caregivers who are willing to work with our adult cats (1+years) who are under-socialized/shy, need a break from the shelter, eat a special diet, and/or have medical issues that are better resolved in one-on-one care.

 

Fostering an adult cat can be a short-term or long-term commitment and is VERY rewarding.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue also has a seasonal need for fosters who would like to provide care for kittens too young to be in the shelter. Foster kittens may or may not still be with their mom and at times require bottle feeding (training is provided and required). We begin accepting applications for kitten fosters starting in January of each year.

Please review the criteria below to see if our program  is right for you.

We look forward to seeing your application.

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Foster Caregiver Qualifications

Our foster caregivers meet the following requirements:

  • Fosters must be over 18 years of age.

  • Both home owners and renters are eligible to foster. Permission from a landlord will be required for renters.          NOTE: ALL fosters must be within capacity limits for the county in which they reside.

    • The residence should have sufficient space to provide a separate "safe space" where a foster animal(s) can stay for the first 10 days (quarantine period) while adjusting to a temporary home. This space must be away from your current pets in case your foster cat becomes sick or stressed.

    • A home inspection will be completed prior to application approval.

  • Resident pets are permitted and can have a positive influence on a foster animal.  Resident pets MUST be up to date on vaccines, spayed/neutered and in good health. They must also have a temperament that allows for a positive and calm foster environment.

  • Fosters must be willing to handle potential behavioral issues and basic medical needs with RMFR support & guidance. 

    • Fosters should be open and willing to address fractious behavior or any adjustment problems that may arise.

    • Fosters must be comfortable giving oral medication, as required.

  • Foster must be willing to accept the risk of zoonotic (transmissible to human) diseases and disease transmission to other pets.

  • Foster must ensure that foster cat(s) stay indoors. Foster cats will not be declawed. 

  • All members of a household must agree to foster a cat.

  • In the event of a "foster fail" caregivers must be willing to go through the standard adoption process at the shelter or return the cat for other adopters.

Your Foster Commitment

As a Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue Foster, you promise to:

  • Provide a safe, clean, comfortable environment for your foster animal(s).

  • Spend time with your foster cat(s) ensuring physical, emotional and play needs are met.

  • Update RMFR regularly on the health and growth of the cat(s) in your care and bring questions/concerns to the RMFR team in a timely fashion.

  • Schedule and attend vaccine and checkup appointments.

  • Follow guidance to integrate the fosters with your animals and other members of your household.

  • Return the foster cat(s) back to the shelter when cleared for adoption, and/or work with potential adopters to meet the cat(s) in your home.

  • Obtain written consent of RMFR to have another caregiver attend to the the needs of a foster cat(s).

What We Provide

RMFR covers the costs of medications and veterinary care performed at the shelter, and prescription diets for foster animals.

All veterinary care and details are discussed during the foster interview and will be provided on a foster care information sheet.

Every adult cat has been examined, tested for FIV & FeLV and received vaccinations prior to being sent to a foster home. Kittens will undergo the same tests and vaccinations once they are old enough. ALL cats/kittens are spayed/neutered as soon as possible.

Foster care may be short term or last until an adoptive home is found. And foster animal(s) may be returned to the shelter at any time if time and circumstances change.