Fostering

Hector's House relies on our wonderful fosterers to enable the rehabilitation of the cats in our care. Without fosterers, we would not be able to help as many cats as we do. Although we have pens on site, we aim to not keep cats there for longer than needed, and the next step is moving into a foster home.


What is fostering?

Fostering is crucial to our cats' rehabilitation. Oftentimes, our cats are incredibly scared, untrusting and suspicious of humans.

We never know their full history, however for a cat to be a 'stray' and not a feral means it must have had human interaction at some point in its life, and was possibly abandoned. From that point on, no one knows what happened. 

Hector's House houses cats in outdoor pens when they first arrive. The pens are heated, cleaned daily, food and water is provided twice daily, and the cats are comfortable. As they tend to be unneutered cats, this is the best option for them initially. 

Once neutered, we aim to get the cats into a foster home as soon as possible where the foster carer will work to gain the trust of the cat, provide it with comfort and safety, and teach them that they don't have to fight for their next meal. 

All veterinary treatment is organised and paid for by the charity. All supplies needed can be provided by the charity. Any travel to and from vet appointments can be facilitated by the charity. 

A foster home is a temporary home to allow the cat to show its true colours before finding its forever home. 


Foster Home Requirements 

Ultimately, you don't need to have the perfect home or be the perfect person to foster for us. 

The general requirements for fostering adult cats are:

  • No other pets in the household (this can be assessed during a home check and some allowances can be made if you have a spare room where your foster cat can stay)
  • No young children in the household 
  • An understanding of cat welfare requirements and some experience looking after cats 
  • Understanding of cat behaviour is preferred but not required 
  • Having a door between where the cat stays and any door entering/exiting the house
  • Patience and understanding

General requirements for fostering rescued feral kittens:

  • Ideally a busy household; this will allow the kitten(s) to learn human sounds and behaviours 
  • If you have other pets this can be assessed during a home check
  • Having a door between where the cat stays and any door entering/exiting the house