Stray Haven Rescue handles over 300 cats and kittens a year. We do not have a physical shelter to house them. We depend on the kindness and generosity of people willing to foster these loving orphaned animals until we can find a permanent home.
By pulling cats and defenseless kittens from animal controls and taking in strays and placing them in foster homes, they are protected from disease that they would otherwise be exposed to. In foster homes, they can receive the attention and socialization they need to get them ready to be placed into their forever homes as loving pets.
Very young, motherless kittens need to be bottle fed every two to three hours. This entails a lot of time and attention. They need to be kept in a warm, secure place. Little ones need to be stimulated to help them go to the bathroom. They’ll need help in learning to eat solid food.
Kittens that are eating on their own need to be kept in a small space where they’re close to their litter box and can be supervised. They need to be monitored to make sure they’re gaining enough weight.
Adult cats are less time-consuming to take care of. With the proper slow introduction, they can interact nicely with the foster parent’s own cats. These guys don’t have to be stressed out and can relax in a foster home.
Stray Haven’s Responsibilities
Stray Haven Rescue authorizes and pays for all veterinary care. We provide FIV/FeLV testing, vaccinations, treatment for parasites, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and any other necessary medical treatment or tests.
We are available to answer questions and provide support as well as food and cat litter.
Foster Parent’s Responsibilities
- Only incur veterinary expenses with Stray Haven authorization.
- Transport animals to and from veterinary appointments after authorization from Stray Haven.
- Transport animals to and from adoption events if possible.
- Be able to commit the time necessary to play with and socialize your foster kitties. This is an integral part of getting these guys adopted.
- Communicate with Stray Haven about the condition, care, and any questions about these cats.
- Provide clean bedding and toys.
New animals that are brought into your home should be quarantined for 14 days to protect your animals from illness or infection. During the quarantine period, wash your hands after handling your fosters. An extra bedroom or bathroom is ideal to isolate your new guests.
It’s a rewarding feeling to know that you’ve saved an animal that would otherwise be euthanized or die outside as a stray and give them a chance to find their own loving home.
How to Apply
If you’re over 21, live in the St. Louis or St. Charles County areas, and are interested in fostering one of our orphans, click here for a Foster Care Application. It may be filled in using Microsoft Word, then saved and emailed to us.