The purpose of this program is to place senior cats (8+) into loving foster homes with senior people (65+). We do not actively seek out senior cats for this program; rather, it is designed to be a mutually beneficial program for both cats and people in the event that we do happen to acquire a senior cat (we do not know how old they are when we get them from animal control or save them from the street). If you have a senior cat you wish to surrender, please click here for more resources.
Benefits to People
This program provides seniors with a loving feline companion to spend time with. Studies show that having a feline companion can result in the following health benefits:
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce risk of heart attack
- Improve immune function
- Reduce blood pressure
- Lower triglycerides and cholesterol
- Reduce risk of stroke
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve mood
- Help with depression
- Reduce loneliness
- Fewer health care visits
- Longer life
Benefits to the Cat
Senior cats are less likely to be adopted due to age and/or health issues. Placing these senior cats into a senior foster home allows them to receive extra time and attention from their senior caregiver in a less stressful environment than the regular foster homes. This also frees up space in the regular foster homes to rescue more at-risk kitties. Senior cats have a better chance at maintaining or regaining physical and emotional health in a lower stress environment where their caregiver’s attention is not as divided.
What Stray Haven Provides
- Food, litter, and all other necessary supplies
- Medications and training on care (when applicable)
- Covers all vet bills (all vetting must be preapproved)
- Transportation to and from vet appointments and meet-and-greets (upon request)
- Continued networking to try to find forever adoptive homes
What the Senior Foster Provides
- A safe and comfortable home environment
- Time, love, and attention
- Regular feeding and litter scooping
- Dispense medications as needed
- Keep Stray Haven apprised of any changes in behavior, diet, or physical condition of cat
How to Apply
Seniors wishing to apply for this program may download an application here, pick one up at an adoption event, or we can mail one to your home. If you select the download option, you can email your completed application to email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any costs to me for participating in this program?
Stray Haven covers all costs of caring for the cat. The only cost to you would be if you wanted to provide a special toy or treat for your foster cat.
What if the cat needs to see a vet?
Contact Stray Haven if you feel your foster cat needs to see the vet. All vet visits must be pre-approved and scheduled by Stray Haven at one of our approved rescue vets. Unauthorized veterinary services will not be reimbursed.
What if I am unable to transport the cat to vet appointments?
Stray Haven will arrange to transport your foster cat to and from the vet upon request.
Do I have to bring my senior foster to adoption events?
No. Cats in the Senior Cats for Senior Laps program remain available for adoption and will be posted online, but you are not required to bring them to adoption events. If someone wants to meet your foster cat, you can bring them for a meet and greet, or we will pick them up and return them to you.
What happens if I am no longer able to care for the cat?
Cats in the Senior Cats for Senior Laps program remain the property of Stray Haven Feline Rescue. If you should find at any time that you are unable to continue caring for the cat for any reason, we require that the cat be returned to us so that we can place him or her with another senior foster or into a regular foster home.
What happens if I bond with the cat and want to keep him or her?
When a foster falls in love with a foster pet and cannot bear the thought of parting with them, we call that a “foster failure.” If you find yourself in this wonderful position and are able to take on the costs of caring for the cat, you can apply to adopt the cat and make them a permanent part of your family! We suggest creating a backup care plan for your pets, but even if you adopt the cat and find you can no longer care for him or her, Stray Haven will always take the cat back.
If you have any questions about this program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.