Baypath’s foster program is an integral part of the organization. Particularly during kitten season, which usually runs from March to November, we need foster homes to place young kittens until they are big enough to be spayed/neutered. If you’d like to foster, please click the appropriate link below to apply on-line.
What does fostering entail?
- Your current animals need to be up-to-date on all vaccinations (rabies/distemper) and spayed/neutered.
- You need to have an isolated space where the kittens/mom can feel safe and secure, such as a bedroom or a finished basement.
- You need to be able to transport the kittens to the shelter every three weeks for distemper shots as well as to visit the vet in case of illness. The vet does not come at any set time, so you need to be flexible with timing.
- You need to commit to the foster timeframe and not have a vacation scheduled for instance.
- You or someone in your family needs to be home often enough to play and interact with the kittens in order to get them used to people. Ideally you should not leave the kitten alone for more than six hours a day, or less if the kittens are very young.
- We greatly appreciate foster families that are able to provide most of the food and litter that is needed. Baypath may be able to provide some food especially if there is a financial need.
What happens after I submit my application?
We check your references and confirm with your vet that your animals are up-to-date. When we have kittens that need to be fostered, we will contact you to check on your current availability, and to ensure that you are comfortable with the number, age, and exact situation.