relies entirely upon the efforts of volunteers. We do not have any
paid staff and we do not have a "shelter" in the proper
sense of the term. The non adoptable cats are kept in the residence
of the ORA directors.
Any cat that
we rescue - stray or feral or abandoned - must be kept in a home.
Unfortunately, in the majority
of cases, there are no adoptive homes available for that particular
cat. We would be unable to rescue most cats if we had to wait for
a suitable adoptive home. We rely on temporary accommodations or "foster
homes". All rescued cats are given to a previously screened home,
that will foster the cat for a period of one or two months until we
can find a permanent adoptive home. When that cat is adopted out the
foster home receives a new cat and so the cycle goes on. ORA pays
for the cost of food, supplies and any veterinary and emergency care
needed while the cat is being fostered. The foster home should provide
a tranquil environment for the cats and be able to give them the necessary
care, attention and emotional support
YOU CAN HELP THE CATS BY BECOMING A "FOSTER PARENT"
Often we encounter people who are not prepared to make
the permanent commitment of adopting a cat or they would just like
to know what having a cat entails before adopting. Other people experience
enormous grief when their feline friend dies and they do not feel
capable of facing a similar experience again. These are perfect candidates
for fostering cats.
If you already
own one or more cats you can still foster, as long as your cats are
"friendly"-most fostered cats feel more comfortable in a
household with other cats.
When you foster,
you decide how long you want a cat for- whether you want to foster
all year around or for only a few months a year. All that is required
is a secure environment, a quiet room to confine the cat for the first
few days, the consent and cooperation of the other people living in
the same household, and the desire to help the cat. No previous experience
is necessary because we provide you with all the required information
YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FOSTERING A CAT
contact us anytime, either by e-mail or by phone.
you are literally saving a life; we may be able to rescue that extra
cat just because you have decided to foster. There are never enough
The more foster
homes we have the more lives we can save together.