Fostering FAQ

What's Expected From Fostering Parents

It will be your responsibility to bring your foster cat to the adoption site in Alameda every Saturday between 10:45 and 11 AM and to pick them up at 4 PM or as designated so the cat can be shown. You will also be asked to spend time with the foster cat, take care of its needs, learn its personality, and provide socialization.

This varies greatly. Usually, kittens get adopted quicker than older cats but they all need homes and attention. In Alameda, there is a large senior population that tends to adopt adult companion cats.
ICRA pays for vaccinations, spaying or neutering, other medical care as needed, and emergency medical visits. The foster home provides food, cat litter and box, and a supportive home environment.
When you come to pick up your cat from the adoption site, you will be notified of an impending adoption. You can then take your foster cat home because adoptions don’t take place the same day. An ICRA volunteer will make arrangements for you and them to have a home visit at the new adopted household and you will bring the cat at that time. It has been found very helpful to see the wonderful home your foster cat friend will be going into. It makes the separation process a lot easier to know the cat will be well taken care of. You can call the adoptive home and follow up if you like. We suggest you do and ICRA will do the same.
You will contact your ICRA representative to tell them about the problem. If they deem medical assistance is necessary, they will advise which veterinary clinic to go to.
The cats are definitely tested before they are placed in foster homes so there is reduced risk in spreading diseases to other animals.

Please fill out our volunteer application and send it to us. If you have questions, our email is, our voicemail number is 510-869-2584.