We are Carrie, Andrew, Tannis and Sam and we foster cats and kittens (and sometimes dogs) for the Redlands Animal Shelter. Our mission is to provide a safe and loving home environment for orphaned kittens, to socialize and nurture kittens too young to adopt and to encourage and educate others about the benefits of fostering shelter animals!
Its not as hard as you think...
And yes, the letters of our first names really do spell out CATS, but we do foster puppies and dogs, as well.
Our Foster Kittens and Cats Available For Adoption
The kittens pictured below are in our foster care and are now available for adoption or will be soon. Be sure to take note of the shelter ID number when inquiring about an adoption.
Click on the thumbnail to learn more about the animals we currently are fostering.
All adoptions will take place thru the Redlands Animal Shelter, no exceptions. We volunteer with the Redlands Animal Shelter to provide a loving, home environment for pregnant or nursing queens and their litters and/or orphaned kittens (and sometimes dogs and puppies) until they are ready for adoption. For more information about the Redlands Animal Shelter, click here.
$50 Adoption Fees includes:
Spay or Neuter Deposit
We do not accept animal placements outside of the Redlands Animal Shelter. If you have found an animal within the Redlands city limits, and you are looking for a safe place to surrender that animal, please contact the Redlands Animal Shelter. We are not endorsed or affiliated with the Redlands Animal Shelter.. we volunteer for them and are trying our best to support our community.
Why You Should Be a Foster Parent To Shelter Animals
So you can’t adopt? Did you know that becoming a foster parent to a shelter pet is not only helpful to the community and our local pet population, its also easier than you think!
Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent for shelter animals, but thought it was something you could never do? Becoming a foster parent is a great way to make a big difference in the lives of shelter animals.
Here are just a few reasons to consider becoming a foster parent.
Adoption Rates Increase for Foster Animals
A vital part of fostering a shelter pet is giving that animal training and socialization that he might not get in a shelter. If you have other pets in your home, you can assess the shelter pet’s reaction and behavior around these pets, which is invaluable information for a successful adoption.
In addition, by fostering, you make the shelter animal more appealing to possible adopters by helping with important training skills, such as obedience cues and litter box traning. As a foster pet parent, your time and effort can give the pet a higher chance at finding their 'furever' home.
There's No Place Like Home
While shelters do their best to provide an alternative to living on the streets, living in a shelter is far from living in the comforts of home. In fact, numerous kittens (and puppies) are born in a shelter, never experiencing a home life, while other shelter pets go for months living in cages. You, as their foster parent, have the ability to give a shelter pet a loving home, and it often doesn't require that much space! We use a spare bedroom to house our underage kittens until they are old enough to explore the rest of the home.
Shelters Have Limited Space
It goes without saying that shelters have limited space, so when you take a foster pet into your home, you’re opening up a spot for another animal in need. Have you ever heard of kitten season? Several times a year (and here in Southern California, it seems all year around), shelters can be overrun with animals, especially kittens and puppies. Kittens and puppies have to be of a certain age and weight before they can be adopted, which means they are just waiting until they are big enough and not even viewed by the public.
Fostering a pet lets a shelter make better use of their resources. It’s a great way to maximize a shelter’s effectiveness.
Fostering Isn't Forever
Maybe you're not ready or able for the long-term commitment of becoming a pet parent. Fostering a shelter animal can be a perfect solution! Fostering isn't supposed to last forever. In many cases, we foster for just a few weeks. Even if you only help out a few times a year, it can make all the difference. And did you know that in most cases, shelters pay for a pet’s veterinary care, and food costs, too? What the shelter needs from you is your time and some tlc for a mama cat and her kittens or an older dog who is too overwhelmed by the shelter environment.
Speak to your local animal shelter if you’re interested in becoming a foster, since each shelter has different requirements for their foster homes. But I bet you, it is easier than you think!
Fostering a shelter pet is a wonderful experience, and knowing that you’re supporting your community and helping to save lives makes fostering even better. #fosteringcommunity #fosteringsaveslives
What is a kitten party?
Our kitten parties are designed to help socialize our foster kittens and get them used to being snuggled, handled and loved. And who doesn't love snugglin' with a kitten? Its good for your soul.. :) Our parties are short, about 45 minutes to an hour, includes a snack for humans and kittens, and are just a fun time! RSVPs are required.
A few notes about our kitten parties...
•Since our kittens have trimmed, yet still sharp claws and teeth and are still learning how to use them, we invite children ages 10 and up.
•We will gladly and gratefully accept dry and wet kitten food as a donation, and any items left over will be donated to the Redlands Animal Shelter.
•We ask that you avoid potentially threatening body language such as an overly excited direct approach, direct eye contact, and excessive petting. Allowing the kitten to make the first move will help to create trust.
Keys to Kitten Socialization
Here is an excerpt from the article The Keys to Kitten Socialization by Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, and Debbie Martin, LVT, VTS (Behavior) http://www.americanveterinarian.com
The following recommendations can help clients make the socialization process more effective:
- Take the kitten to socialization classes, often called "kitten kindergarten." These group classes offer controlled exposure to new people, cats, and environmental stimuli .
- Ensure gentle daily handling by multiple people. Gentle massage while providing special treats will make the experience pleasant. Social experiences with people may include kitten parties or inviting friends to the home to play with the kitten. Catnip may be sprinkled on the floor to foster exploration. Synthetic feline pheromones may enhance socialization experiences and reduce fear in some individuals. Wand toys may be offered to engage the kitten in interactive play with visitors yet at a social distance from unfamiliar people.
- Introduce kittens to travel carriers at an early age. The carrier should be left out in the environment for exploration, with comfortable bedding, special treats, and toys be placed inside to entice entry. Special meals fed in the crate make for continued pleasant experiences into adulthood.
- Expose kittens to vehicular travel at an early age, once acclimated to the carrier. Be sure the kitten has good footing to add a sense of security. The carrier and the bedding inside should not slide. Generally, the safest place for the carrier is behind the front passenger seat. Short trips around the neighborhood may be paired with special meals fed in the carrier. Likewise, regular fun visits to the veterinary clinic, including delectable treats from veterinary staff members and exploration of examination rooms without the need for physical or medical care, can allow for pleasant associations.
WHY WE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER
I'm sharing this video from the amazing Hannah Shaw, aka the Kitten Lady, because she does such a terrific job explaining the difference between the different types of shelters. Please take a few minutes to watch and learn why it is so important to support your local animal shelter. We have seen an amazing turn around in our local shelter because of the community helping and making a difference.
Your support matters
Make a Donation
Please visit our amazon wish list and help us in the day-to-day care of these shelter animals. Thank you for being a foster supporter!
If you are interested in adopting one of our foster animals, attending one of our kitten parties, or would like to learn more about becoming a foster volunteer with the Redlands Animal Shelter, we'd love to hear from you! We only foster/rescue animals from the Redlands Animal Shelter and will not respond to rescue requests. We are working on creating a resource page with names of local rescues to contact.
Please fill out the form and we'll get back to you. We try our best to respond within 24-48 hours.
You can also reach us directly at email@example.com