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Foster cat orientation at Seattle Animal Shelter Sept. 10

Angel is just one of the adoptable cats at the shelter, not currently in a foster home.

Have you been thinking about getting a cat but aren’t ready for a long-term commitment? Do you need some kitten snuggles in your life? Do you have a soft spot for senior cats?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you should become a foster parent! The Seattle Animal Shelter is in great need for foster cat parents, especially foster parents that are willing to socialize kittens or foster senior cats. If you’re interested, apply to become a foster parent on our site ( no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7. Once you have signed up, we will email you with a confirmation and orientation packet. Our next orientation is Sunday, Sept. 10.

The foster care program is quite simple. You provide a temporary home; the Seattle Animal Shelter provides the rest! The shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund” subsidizes the costs associated with the foster care program including all pre-approved vet care, food and supplies.

New this year, we are recruiting foster parents for our “fospice” program. This program is for cats that have a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less. Foster parents who open their homes to these needy cats have told us it is a rewarding experience. From a current fospice parent, “It feels good to help anyone through a hard time, especially if their health has been compromised. In my case, I can really feel the gratefulness of my fospice cat.”

If you attend an orientation session you are under no obligation to foster an animal, but we hope you do!

For more information or additional directions call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit