Volunteer as a fosterer

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We’re always in need of volunteers to become cat fosterers for the Paws Protect service.

There are some great benefits to being a Paws Protect volunteer fosterer. Here are just some of them:

  • you’ll be helping a family and their cat(s) to escape an abusive environment
  • you’ll have the enjoyment of caring for a cat without a lifetime commitment
  • you’ll have the opportunity to develop new skills and expand your knowledge of cat welfare
  • you’ll have all food and expenses covered by the Paws Protect service

Paws Protect currently operates in London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Therefore, at the moment we are only looking for fosterers in these areas. You can find out more about this by reading our FAQS.

If you're interested in becoming a fosterer or would like some more information call the Paws Protect team on 0345 260 1280 or email pawsprotect@cats.org.uk



What happens next?

Once you've made contact with us, we'll send you an application form. To progress to the next stage, there are some criteria you must meet.

  • you must live in one of the areas we cover (London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey)
  • you must not have any other large pets such as cats or dogs
  • if you don't own your own property, you must have permission from your landlord to foster cats

The next stage is a home visit, which gives us a chance to meet you, ask and answer any questions you or we may have and ensure your home is suitable. You'll be sent a fosterer pack if successful, which includes a Paws Protect handbook.

What details do I need to give?

You'll need to fill in a criminal convictions form and sign a fosterer agreement, which lays out our obligation and yours.

If you’d like to support Paws Protect but you’re not able to become a fosterer, you can make a one-off or monthly donation to Paws Protect here