The Tweenie Program
The Tweenie program is a foster program for kittens ‘tween four and eight weeks old. These kittens could benefit from the warmth, care, handling and exercise of a home environment for the critical weeks before they can be adopted at eight weeks old.
- Animal Services gets hundreds of kittens each spring and summer, and sometimes even in autumn, that need to be fostered to stay healthy.
- A home environment allows the kittens to thrive and be socialized so they can succeed in their forever home.
- They need to gain weight so they can be spayed or neutered before they are adopted.
What can I expect as a foster parent?
- When you pick up your kittens you will be given training materials, food and other supplies.
- You will receive at least two kittens, maybe more. No single kittens go to foster homes.
- You will keep the kittens for one to four weeks, depending on the kittens’ age.
- You will receive training on feeding and playing with the kittens and keeping them safe.
- Dry and canned food and other materials will be given to you.
- A list of phone numbers and other resources will be in your supplies in case you have questions.
How do I keep them healthy?
- Keep water available at all times.
- Allow some rest time for the kittens.
- Have a safe place to turn them loose such as a spare room or bathroom.
- Handle the kittens so they become healthy, well-adjusted pets.
- If one of the kittens becomes sick or injured, call us right away. The number is in your materials. Please don’t take the kitten to a private veterinarian or you will be responsible for the cost.
What happens when they turn eight weeks old?
- Return the kittens to the shelter so they may be adopted.
- They will get a medical exam.
- Kittens will be spayed or neutered.
- You may receive another set of kittens to foster.
How do I become a Tweenie foster parent?
- You must be at least 18-years-old.
- Complete this application »
- Mail it to the County Animal Shelter you want to work with.
- If your application is approved, you will be placed on the Tweenie Foster list.
If I want to adopt the kitten(s) I fostered, how can I do that?
- Remember, the kittens belong to County Animal Services until adopted.
- Return the kittens to the shelter for altering.
- Pay the adoption fee.
- Take home your new kitten(s) when they are ready!
There may be rare times, due to unforeseen circumstances that the foster parent will be notified they must return their kittens back to the shelter immediately. Failure to do so will result in the foster parent losing the right to care for any other tweenies.