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Fostering provides an invaluable service to Garfield’s Rescue, Inc, (not to mention the pets themselves). It is a great way to learn about your own needs as a pet parent.

What does fostering a cat involve?
As a foster, you agree to take a homeless adoptable cat into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the cat is adopted.

Why does GRI need foster homes?

There are many reasons our cats might need foster care. Some of the most common include:

  • Without a physical shelter so we depend on foster homes to care for cats until suitable homes are found.
  • Kittens are too young to be adopted and need a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
  • Cats recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
  • Cats showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding and need a quiet environment.
  • Cats that have not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.

Why should I foster a cat?
Fostering a cat is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By temporarily taking an cat/kitten into your home you’re:

  • freeing up a spot so that GRI can take in another cat.
  • giving your foster cat the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
  • helping the us learn more about the cat so (s)he can end up in the best home possible.
  • socializing the cat to a home environment and possibly getting it used to being around other pets and different types of people.

How do I sign up to foster a cat?
Fill out our foster application and, if you are approved, we will work with you to figure out the right foster cat for your household.

Click here for our Foster Parent Application or complete our On-Line Form


PO Box 257 •  Kilmarnock, VA 22482  •  (804) 480-2066 •  garfieldsrescue [ at ]