Thank you for your interest in becoming a Kitty Connection foster parent volunteer. The Kitty Connection saves many animals each year through our Foster Care Program.
Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own Connecticut area homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for longer periods of time.
By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter. The Kitty Connection is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.
The Kitty Connection provides: all veterinary care and medicine for foster animals, plus plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.
Foster parent volunteers provide: time, pet supplies, such as cat litter, food, a place in their home and lots of love.
How foster care works
When The Kitty Connection receives animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, we contact foster parent volunteers. If a foster volunteer is not available to foster at that time, we simply try another person. There will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take an animal.
Foster parents come to our shelter located in Connecticut to pick up the foster animal to take home or we may ask to bring the cat to you for an in home visit. At that time, volunteers receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.
Foster parents may need to bring the animal to The Kitty Connection periodically to be examined by our veterinarian, receive vaccinations or other treatment.
The Kitty Connection's medical team will complete final steps necessary to prepare the animal for adoption.
Get started! If you are interested in volunteering with The Kitty Connection, please follow these steps:
Be of age. The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. However, young people can help at home and potentially receive school credit. Inquire more about school credit at the orientation.
Be in the area. Foster volunteers must be able to get to our shelter in western Connecticut on a regular basis. Please consider the potential commute before applying to volunteer.
Submit an online application. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Attend an orientation. You will learn about all volunteer positions available at The Kitty Connection, our history and policies. After you submit your application a volunteer manager will be in touch to let you know when the next orientations are scheduled.
Attend a training. The foster care coordinator will work with you to schedule the required training.
Please note that The Kitty Connection cannot accommodate those seeking to fulfill court-ordered community service.