I stopped by a local rescue cat shelter here in Raleigh, Safe Haven For Cats, as an information-gathering step. My goal was to simply inquire about fostering kittens. By the time I left, I had completed the foster application and was already on the waitlist!
At Safe Haven, adult cats live at the shelter where they can be visited by potential adopters. As only spayed and neutered cats are adoptable, kittens must wait until they are over two pounds, the minimum weight for the surgery. Rather than use valuable shelter space while waiting several weeks to grow to that size, kitten foster parents step in to care for kittens in their homes until they reach their goal weight.
Just days after that inquiry visit, I received my first call that there was a litter of kittens in need of a home. Days later, on September 3, 2015, there were four 7-week old foster kittens living in my home office!