07 Apr What Costs of Fostering Does Purebred Plus Reimburse?
Thanks to those of you who have filled out our volunteer application and expressed an interest in fostering!
We are lucky to have, as part of the Purebreds Plus extended family, volunteers who post flyers, make or take phone calls, help with transport of cats, perform administrative tasks, and support us with the financial donations we need to continue our work. But at some time or other, many of us have decided to deepen our commitment by fostering one, two, or more cats or a litter of kittens in our homes.
“The CATNIP Promise” outlined some of the crucial responsibilities of a foster parent. This blog post addresses some frequently asked questions pertaining to costs.
Purebreds Plus reimburses the foster family for necessary veterinary expenses, including but not limited to spay or neuter, vaccinations, testing for FIV/FeLV, and treatment of illness. As a new foster, you will not be expected to care for cats with challenging medical conditions, but rescue cats sometimes catch colds or require services such as dental cleaning. We work with specific veterinarians whom we trust and who offer us a rescue discount. In addition, in the interest of managing our costs, we require almost all medical expenses to be authorized in advance by a member of our board.
Purebreds Plus also provides medications, which we order at discounted prices. We do not, however, cover the cost of routine flea control.
Purebreds Plus does not reimburse foster families for food, litter, or other supplies such as bowls, grooming tools, scratching posts, or toys, but most foster moms keep their receipts and deduct the costs of fostering at tax time. (Readers of our newsletter or financial statement will remark that we show non-trivial expenses related to food and litter. What accounts for this apparent discrepancy is that we do pay for food and litter for cats we board in Santa Cruz, and in certain unusual situations. We are actively seeking grants to help us subsidize the cost of food in more foster households.)
In general, the cost of maintaining a foster cat in your home will be about the same as the cost of maintaining one of your own cats, minus veterinary costs.
For those of us who have long been committed to charitable giving, fostering is a life-changing experience in charitable living. It is not only a continual learning adventure for the foster family but also the best way to help a rescue cat make a swift and smooth transition into a new life.