What is "Take a Chance on Me: Foster to Adopt" program?
The "Take a Chance on Me: Foster to Adopt" program is designed to help place cats, that are often overlooked, into loving and caring homes. Humans agree to foster an eligible cat from the program for three (3) months. During this time, our staff regularly connects with the foster home to see how everything is going there. At the end of three (3) months, the human foster can decide to formally adopt the cat or return the cat to Sheltering Hands.
Why would a cat be part of this program?
What is wrong with them?
The short answer is - NOTHING is wrong with them. Like
people, each cat is different. Some adjust to a new home
quickly while others do not. This program is to help those
cats that are often overlooked to have a chance at finding
the love they deserve from a family. Some may adjust slow to new places or people. Others may hate cages or being held tightly. Others are just older or have a "sickness" of some kind that makes most people look the other way. Still others may just not be "as pretty" as others to the humans that come to adopt them. With that said - ALL of them deserve love and have much love to give, to the right human.
So how does the program work?
Approved humans, are able to one of these deserving cats home on a 'trial basis' with no obligation. Here's how:
- Fill out an application for adoption and note that you want to foster first. This will let us know that you are a potential foster home for the program. Sheltering Hands will run a background check and verify your application is all set.
- Our Foster Coordinator will contact you to discuss which cats areeligible for the program and to schedule a time to visit your home. During this meeting they will answer your questions and ensure you have everything you need to properly foster the cat.
- Upon approval, we will arrange for the cat to be delivered by our staff to your home. As we require delivery of all cats by our staff, foster homes must be within the Central Florida area.
- We ask that you give 3 months for the cat to adapt to your home, during which time we will call you twice a month to get a progress report and answer any questions.
- At the end of that time you decide to finalize the adoption or return your foster.
NOTE: If there are other pets in the home they must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations.