Cat Foster Parent

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster home for The Dancing Cat.  By offering your time and care you allow us to rescue cats from the San Jose shelter and help prepare them for adoption into their forever home.

Completing this application does not guarantee that you have been approved to foster. The Dancing Cat reserves the right to decline an application without releasing our reasons why.

A brief home visit is a necessary part of our foster home approval process.


Foster caregivers are responsible for the daily care of a foster cat including feeding, playtime, socialization, grooming, and, of course, providing patience, love, and security. We will cover all food, litter and necessary medical expenses throughout the foster period. Any additional expenses incurred by the foster parent may be tax-deductible.


To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. Frequent email updates are required, and responsiveness to our team is critical to the success of our foster program. Reliable computer, internet service, and transportation are all important.

Our cats do not often become sick but when they do we want them to have the ability to recover in foster care.  We are in need of fosters who feel comfortable giving medication to a cat or who are willing to learn.  Medications may be in the form of a liquid or tablet that would be administered orally.  Typically a medication course is anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks.  The application below will ask for your willingness to administer medication to your foster cat.

Time Commitment

The time commitment is generally less than a month. We occasionally have long-term fostering needs.

Download the Cat Foster Guidelines here.