Young kittens are more susceptible to illness than their older counterparts, which is one reason they do better in foster homes. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

SPCA seeking foster families for cats

TRENTON — The SPCA of Hancock County is looking for people to provide foster care for cats.

In a foster care situation, the cat or cats stay temporarily in the home of a human caregiver. The shelter provides all supplies including a litter box and litter, a carrier and food, said Nichola Redmond, executive director.

“We just need the person who’s going to care for them,” she said.

Although most cats can remain at the shelter until they’re adopted, some, especially pregnant cats and young kittens, are better off in a home environment.

Redmond said pregnant cats are placed in foster homes to have their kittens. A mother cat with newborns can sometimes be overprotective and aggressive toward other animals at the shelter. Being in a foster home lessens the mother’s stress level. In addition, young kittens, even those who have their mother, are more susceptible to illness, so it’s better to keep them away from other shelter animals, some of whose medical histories may be unknown.

In addition to the health benefits, cats and kittens in foster care get more one on one attention, which aids in socialization.

Kittens generally remain in foster homes until they are 8 or 9 weeks old. The SPCA can work around any difficulties that might arise if families need to be out of town during a foster period, Redmond said.

The peak need for foster families is in the spring and fall but the SPCA is continually looking for new volunteers because the need can arise at any time.

Potential fosters may have other pets in the home but will need to show proof that all animals are up to date on vaccinations, Redmond said. Those interested in fostering can call 667-8088 or visit for more information. After filling out an application, an interview will be scheduled.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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