Any glimpse into the life of an
animal quickens our own and
makes it so much the larger
and better in every way.
- John Muir

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Foster Care

KCHA is the largest and most lifesaving shelter in the state of West Virginia.  We admit nearly 1,500 unweaned and juvenile kittens annually from April to October.  Foster families are needed to help them grow healthy, happy, and ready for adoption!

Neonatal Kitten Fosters 

Newborn kittens are the cutest animals at KCHA.  But the level of TLC they need to survive makes them extra vulnerable, too!  The fragile fuzz balls require round-the-clock attention, feedings every few hours, and help regulating their body temperature.  Thanks to a generous donation, KCHA opened a kitten nursery in 2018.  Despite being the first of its kind in West Virginia, KCHA’s nursery is simply too small to care for the volume of kittens in need.  That’s where you come in!

Foster families are need to provide care for unweaned kittens, including feeding, eliminating, bathing, weighing, and socializing kittens to get them used to human affection.

Become a Kitten Foster

1.  Complete a foster application.  Click the green registration button in the upper right hand corner of your screen, then complete the application. 
2.  Next, complete the Neonatal Kitten Foster online orientation
3.  We'll be in touch within 48 hours.  Thank you for applying to foster KCHA's favorite fragile fuzz balls!


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Maddie's Pet Assistant


Becoming a Foster Family

To become a foster family, we suggest attending Fostering 101.  This orientation session will cover everything you need to know about animal care, allow you to meet our friendly staff, and develop an understanding of how fostering supports KCHA's mission.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do animals need to stay in foster care?

The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The time frame of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.

What kind of animals need foster care?

Puppies and kittens under two months, mothers with nursing babies, dogs or cats with medical conditions or injuries, and special needs animals.

Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own?

Yes, we welcome pet owners as foster volunteers. Please keep in mind that there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals in any setting. However, the risk is minimal if your pets are vaccinated and in good health.

What expenses are involved in foster care?

Foster families provide housing, food, bedding and toys for the animals in their care. They also provide exercise, socialization, and lots of love! KCHA provides all medical care for the animals in foster care, including vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and medications.

How do I care for a bottle baby kitten?

Watch this great video to learn how! Have questions about how to care for kittens, common kitten medical issues, or kitten development stages? Check out Austin Humane Society’s Foster Kitten Handbook to get answers to the common questions and learn more about fostering procedures.