Cat Fostering

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Do you have a spare room which you could offer to a pregnant cat to have her kittens? Would you be able to care for an adult cat who is waiting to find its permanent home?


HAART – cat Foster CARER

We’re always looking for some exceptional people to offer foster care to HAARTs cats.  Whilst we have a shelter for our dogs, we rely solely on our Foster Carers to look after the cats in our care.  Our Foster Carers offer invaluable care whilst gaining skills, experience and an opportunity to give our cats the best opportunities to find new homes.

It takes a lot to be a Foster Carer, and we’re so appreciative of those who give up their time and commitment to help us. By helping one of Perth’s best loved animal rescue charities you will be playing a huge role in the lives of the cats who come to us looking for their new home.

We are experiencing an increase in the number of cats who require our care.  This means that some cats who are put out to Foster need to follow special programs as they settle into a home environment due to various issues.

The benefits of being a Foster Carer

By being a Foster Carer you are contributing so much to the lives of the cats in our care; in addition to the feelings of pride and fulfilment you will receive, we also offer:
    • Veterinary and behavioural support
    • The knowledge and an opportunity to help our cats find new and loving homes
    • Advice on how to communicate the rehoming process and answer questions about HAART from others
    • Increased mental well-being by offering your home to a cat in need
    • All of the food, equipment and advice you need to take care of our cats (depending on supplies of donated food)
    • Regular contact with our dedicated Foster Co-ordinator
    • The fact that you are helping save lives

What we look for in a Foster Carer

With a combined 30 years of experience under our belts, we know what it takes to make a great Foster Carer.  We ask every applicant to complete our Cat Fostering Application Form and we’ll only be able to take forward those who have answered all of our questions.

    • Experience and confidence with owning cats
    • Living within 2 hours travelling distance from our approved vets, and prepared to travel regularly (preferably by car) to our approved vets, sometimes at short notice
    • An interest in training and following HAART’s behaviour advice
    • The ability to keep your foster cat(s) inside the house at all times.
    • Prepared to follow HAART’s guidance, advice, programmes and regulations including house-training
    • Be willing to play a part in the rehoming process through providing regular updates, photographs and behaviour as well as being our ‘ambassadors’ in your local area.
    • Have access to a PC and equipment for taking photos of the cat in your home environment
    • Have compassion and empathy for the cat’s needs whilst accepting that our cats won’t be with you permanently (unless you foster fail!)
    • Able to nurse a sick or injured dog back to health
    • A large dose of common sense to make judgement calls in certain circumstances

What’s Next?

If you are interested in applying to be a Foster Carer, please think carefully about the time and environment you have available and whether you feel able to offer temporary care to cats who need it.  If you do feel able, please complete our application form as fully as possible – if suitable, we will contact you to arrange for a home check.  All new foster carers are required to have completed a home check and either paid for or provided a national police check (part of the application process).

Fill out our Cat Foster Carer Application Form

Please note that we receive large quantities of applications for volunteer positions. We ask for your patience whilst we assess your application and that you fully complete the application form as we will be unable to process or respond to incomplete forms.

If you have any further questions, please email icare@haart.org.au