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Pronunciation: \ˈfos-tər, ˈfäs-\
1: to give parental care to - NURTURE
2: to promote the growth or development of - ENCOURAGE

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~Albert Schweitzer

Foster homes are urgently needed during kitten season, and all year long! Help us get through this tough time when over 30 kittens and cats might arrive at the shelter daily! We need foster families for nursing moms and newborn kittens, and to raise kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. Fostering is a wonderful and rewarding experience; you can free up precious shelter cage space and provide the animals with a home environment instead of a noisy shelter.

We will provide training, support, food and medical assistance. To foster an animal, you need to have a room where the animal can remain separated from any other animals in the home. Foster animals are then offered for adoption at weekend adoption clinics at Petsmart (Glenmont and Latham Farms), or returned to the shelter once there is adequate cage space for them. Fostering time frames vary from a few weeks to several months. Our staff will work with you based on the amount of time you are able to offer.

Kitten fostering is usually anywhere from two to eight weeks. Kittens must be returned to the shelter at a certain age for shots and deworming. When the kittens are old enough for adoption, please call or email us to make arrangements.

To become a foster parent, please complete a foster application. You can also call (518) 810-2568 or (518) 434-8128 ext. 201, or email with "Interested in Fostering" in the subject line.

Foster care responsibilities (can include, but are not limited to):
  • Provide at least one hour a day for socialization and play
  • Provide a loving caring environment
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a safe, secluded area away from other pets and children
  • Possess basic cat or dog handling skills
Training Requirements:
  • Attend volunteer information session (optional)
  • Training with foster program supervisor or seasoned foster volunteer
  • Complete Intro to Foster Care training session
  • Kittens need foster homes to care for them until they are 8 weeks old and ready for adoption. Some kittens only need a few days of help, some a few weeks. Length of time for fostering adult or sick cats depends on the individual cat.