Purring Hearts VA Foster Information

We are so happy you are interested in joining us as a caregiver! Here are a few tips to help make your experience as a foster wonderful and rewarding.

Your primary focus is to provide an attentive, loving, nurturing, and safe environment for our cats and kittens. You will also need to be available to bring the cats to the clinic for their spay/neuter surgeries, and you may also be asked to pick up medications from the clinic as needed. The drop off and pick up point is usually in Short Pump.

Arrival to your home

Our cats and kittens come from various situations, some quite unpredictable. We try very hard to work with you on getting your fosters to you when it works for your schedule. Sometimes the unexpected happens. Sometimes we will ask you to pick up from the clinic, or the rescue directly. Sometimes we will bring them to your home. We appreciate your flexibility!

  • Make sure your own cats have been vaccinated against distemper
  • If you notice fleas, give a gentle flea bath with blue Dawn dish soap
  • Check out: www.kittenlady.org or her you-tube videos for really great advice

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent/family? Fill out our Foster Application:

If you have been approved by a PurringHeartsVA member, please fill out the Foster Contract below:

Check out this link for helpful info on setting up your kitten space.

Keep blinds up so they don’t get tangled or break them. Secure the blind cords.

Close toilet lids if you are keeping in a bathroom 

Common House & Garden Plants Toxic to Cats

Check your home for plants that can be poisonous for your cat or kitten to eat. Below are the most common:

  • Spring bulbs 
  • Amaryllis 
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum 
  • Daffodils
  • Dieffenbachia 
  • English Ivy 
  • Hyacinths
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Marijuana 
  • Oleander 
  • Peace Lily 
  • Pothos, Devil’s Ivy
  • Sago Palm
  • Spanish Thyme
  • Tulip
  • Yew