Cats Protection’s Harrow Homing Centre is currently recruiting Cat Fosterers, so we asked fosterer Nicky Heskin about her first experience of fostering a cat for us.
Nicky became a cat fosterer for Harrow Homing Centre in November 2020 and said: “Our first cat was a young tom cat, Roland, who obviously had a bit of a hard time as a stray and was on various medications.
“He was very wary and it took two days before he would come out from under the bed when we were anywhere near his settling room.
“We had him for nearly a month and by the end of the second week he would happily wander round the house finding a warm place to snooze and he was particularly fond of a snooze on our bed.”
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“The team at Cats Protection are very supportive and approachable.
“They are available to give you as much or as little support as you need, as well as providing all the supplies and advice.
“The induction process was very informative and the charity also offer regular training courses and webinars covering a variety of topics.
“There is also the opportunity to connect with other volunteers, which is especially important during lockdown when some people might be in need of support.”
Nicky explained the reasons why fostering appealed to her as an alternative to adopting a cat: “In our case we lost a dearly loved family cat after fourteen years.
“We were not emotionally ready to look for a new pet but we really missed not having a cat around.
”Lockdown also made it easier for us to be able to give more time to the foster cats and it is the best of both worlds for us.
“It is always very hard to give them back when they have been adopted though.”
Cats Protection recruits volunteer cat fosterers in the Harrow area to help unwanted and abandoned cats by providing a temporary home until they are ready to be adopted.
Caroline Shilton, Volunteer Team Leader at Harrow Homing Centre said: “We provide everything you need and cover the costs of veterinary treatments.
“To foster for us, you need to live within a 30 minute drive of our centre in Harrow and be available daytime for frequent visits to the centre. A love of cats is of course a must.”
The centre is currently running a Hands-Free Homing scheme so cats can still be adopted within Covid-19 restrictions.
In 2021, Cats Protection Harrow has already rehomed 126 cats thanks to thesupport of a dedicated team of fosterers.
Although homing is suspended currently due to surge testing in our area, our fostering recruitment continues as the process is entirely virtual.
As well as finding new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats, the charity also offers cat care advice to the public and can help towards the cost of neutering.
https://www.cats.org.uk/harrow/volunteering-page?id=6770 or call 0203 7584271.