Fostering a Cowichan Cat Rescue Cat
A new program
This year we are looking for a few very special people to help us save the lives of a select group of feral cats. We need people who can provide sanctuary for one or two feral cats on a temporary basis from time to time while we find barn homes for them. If you can help with this or want more information — or if you can offer a barn home — please call or drop us an e-mail.
Because we deal primarily with wild and feral cats, almost all of our fostering involves young kittens – occasionally involving kittens as young as just born! Most of our foster homes are asked to take kittens from around five weeks to about eight weeks, at which time they go off to the vet and then to the pet store.
We are always sorely in need of foster homes which can handle the ‘special needs’ kittens – the sick or injured, as well as the ones that require bottle feeding or other special attention.
Our regular foster homes are asked to provide the basic kitten care items of food, litter, etc. Cowichan Cat Rescue covers all vet costs as well as providing treatment for parasites and any special diet or medical needs.
Our special foster homes are provided with formula for any bottle babies in their care, since we prefer to make our own rather than using the commercial products available.
Again, all vet expenses as well as necessary care items beyond the usual food, litter, etc. are provided by Cowichan Cat Rescue.
This year we have been trying something new. We have brought in to foster care several wild moms with their babies and let the momcat feed the kittens and train them to almost six weeks of age, before removing the kittens and getting the mom spayed.
In each case the mom has become tame enough to be able to go to a home rather than back to the wild – a win-win for all of us! In the future we will be looking for foster placements for moms like these, when we come across them.
We are in need of some very special help. We are looking for someone with a spare room who can let a wild mom raise her babies there for about 4 weeks. Spare bathrooms work very well but any room that is very secure and private will work. We have placed the momcats we have brought in so far this year but will very soon need more foster space, for both moms and kittens. And if you have experience bottle feeding kittens we really want to hear from you! Our usual foster homes for tiny kittens fill very quickly and we would love to have a few more people on stand by. Call us at 250-743-6500 & leave a message or send an e-mail if you want more information or can help.
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