There are a couple of ways you could help. In order for us to know more about the cats’ habits and peculiarities, we put them in foster homes rather than cages. We try to match the cats to the appropriate foster home as far as other animals, children, etc. are concerned. This is great for the families, too, because it’s a way to ‘own a cat’ without actually owning one.
There’s nothing quite like the sound of a deep purr as you fall asleep with a cat next to you. The rumble goes right through to your bones and relaxes you. Long hair, short hair or somewhere in between, you can bet that your newest hot water bottle will be with you in the morning to start a new day.
But you don’t know if you’re allergic to cats? Not sure if you’ll like them? How much work are kittens, cute as they are? There’s a solution, an answer to all your questions, these and more. It’s called ‘fostering’. You keep the cat or kitten and we pay the vet bills. Spay/Neuter, shots, and deworming, plus testing for a multitude of diseases. All you have to do is feed, water and clean the litter, and you’ll have a friend for as long as you’re willing to keep him or her.
You get to bring the cat to one of our displays where s/he will be shown for adoption. If they’re adopted, you get to choose another cat/kitten to foster and the process starts all over again. If you’re going away for a vacation, or for business, then the cat/kitten will return to SACA for boarding until you’re back. If you decide that you’re not a cat person after all, that’s okay, too. You haven’t put out any great outlay and you’ve given a cat a home for a while. It all helps.
There’s only one major drawback to fostering. You get so attached to the cats that you want to keep all of them. It’s an occupational hazard, but the choice is yours. It’s not forced on you.
Aside from the regular fostering, where a cat can be adopted at any time, we have what we call “End Stage Fostering”, where the cat isn’t adoptable except under unusual circumstances. The cats are ones who don’t always get along with other animals or children, have life-shortening illnesses and need to be ‘only’ cats.