Fostering & Socializing Kittens

Our feline residents love volunteers!

Getting our resident cats adopted is a big part of our mission, however, before they can go to their forever homes, they must be fostered and\or socialized so the transition from living outdoors to indoors is a positive experience for the kitten and the family.

Help us to provide a purr-fect place for our resident cats until they find their forever homes. Volunteering at our facility is an opportunity to get as much as you give: a kitty kiss, a purr, a rub against the leg, the knowledge that your efforts are making it possible for one more cat to survive.

Does fostering or socializing kittens sound like something you’d like to do? If so, continue reading!

LFFAC Nonprofit Feral Cat T-N-V-R Organization

Below is a summary of our socializing techniques. This gives you an idea of what to expect before you volunteer at our facility.

 

LFFAC Nonprofit Feral Cat T-N-V-R Organization

 

Socializing techniques used by LFFAC volunteers are based on routine, repetition, slow and gentle persuasion, small progressions from one-step to another, and ending each session on a positive experience. The ultimate goal is to help cats make good decisions so they can let go of their fearfulness, replace it with trust in people and eventually find homes of their own.

During the socialization process, we to do several sessions per day with each cat, with sessions in the beginning lasting one to three minutes. Depending on what the cat is working on and what the cat can tolerate, the length of sessions will vary. For example, the introduction of a wand will generally require less time than a lap session. The length of a petting session could depend on whether the cat is new to petting versus familiar with it (coming forward in the cage and soliciting petting from people).

Continuity is another important aspect of the socialization process. Once we start the socializing process, we want to make sure volunteers work with the cat every day. Skipping a few days of interaction with the cat can cause him to lose momentum and delay their opportunity for adoption unnecessarily.

 

 

 

LFFAC Nonprofit Feral Cat T-N-V-R Organization

 

 

During your socializing session, volunteers are also expected to help us with keeping their areas clean and safe. This may involve changing/cleaning litter pans, sweeping and mopping, washing dishes, doing laundry, assisting with feeding and watering.

As soon as their ready for the next chapter – going to their forever home, we feature their story on our website and hope the perfect family comes along!

For your safety and our resident cats, all volunteer programs must complete our approval process and receive the proper training for the activity their interested in.

Are you still interested? Well okay then, let’s get started!