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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 space and provide the animals with a home environment instead of a busy 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. When ready for adoption, foster animals are brought to off-site adoption clinics or returned to the shelter when there is adequate 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 two to eight weeks. Kittens must be returned to the shelter at the appropriate ages for vaccinations and deworming.

To get started, join us at an upcoming orientation session. To register, please (include date of orientation) or call 518-434-8128 ext. 207. Seating is limited to the first 60 people.

Day Date Time
Saturday March 24 12:00-1:30pm
Wednesday March 28 6:00-7:30pm
Saturday April 21 12:00-1:30pm
Wednesday April 25 6:00-7:30pm
Saturday May 26 12:00-1:30pm
Wednesday May 30 6:00-7:30pm

Orientations are held at the MHHS Animal Care Center, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands.

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 children and other pets
  • Possess basic cat or dog handling skills
Training Requirements:
  • Attend foster orientation 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.

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

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