Shelter seeks foster parents for sick cats

January 15, 2012

The Humane Society of Washington County is looking for Washington County residents who are willing and able to foster cats with upper respiratory infections, young litters and/or mother cats with a litter.

During the foster period, if the animal should require medication, it will be provided by the shelter. In addition, supplies such as litter, food, crates, litter pans, blankets, etc., will be provided by the shelter if they are available. If the shelter is in short supply, those items will need to be provided by the foster parents.

Depending on the cat's needs, the fostering period could range from two to six weeks. Sick cats and kittens typically need foster care for four weeks (two weeks on medication and then an additional two weeks in the home.)   

Mother cats with litters vary depending on the age of the kittens.  

Newborn kittens stay in foster care until the kittens are 8 weeks old and weigh 2 pounds or more.  

All foster cats and kittens are brought back to the shelter to be placed for adoption.

Historically, foster cats and kittens are adopted quickly because they are so well socialized and they show well in their housing units.

The shelter cannot send any animals into foster homes that are outside of Washington County.

If you are a county resident interested in helping, apply in person at the shelter at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown or go to, then hit the dropdown menu for "Help the Animals" and then "Foster Care Application."

For more information, call 301-733-2060.

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