Volunteer

AC&C Foster Parent or Kitten Nursery Volunteer​

​We are always looking for foster parents who are willing to take animals home to help with various health or medical needs. Among those needs are kittens; both weaned kittens who just need time to grow/be socialized and neonates who need to be bottle fed. There are 2 ways that you can help us: become an at-home foster parent or become a kitten nurse in ​​our neonate kitten nursery. The lists below describe our current fostering programs.

Volunteers can help in the nursery AND can help as a foster parent!

Can't foster or be a kitten nurse but still want to help? Go to our Make a Donation​ ​page to find our wish list as well as make a monetary donation online!

​Open your home and your heart to our animals that are in need of a nurturing environment for a period of rehabilitation or time to mature. Help save our dogs and cats by joining our fostering team. The animals that might be in need of foster care: Puppies and kittens that need to mature, heartworm po​sitive dogs, dogs with kennel cough and cats with URI, and dogs and cats that need to get out of their kennels and cages for socialization and training.


Fostering an animal in your home can be a rewarding experience that not only saves lives but provides animals a caring environment until they are adopted. Fostering an animal truly means saving a life and helping that animal makes a huge difference in the lives of animals and the people who adopt them. It’s fun, rewarding, and a wonderful experience.​​

As you decide whether to become a foster parent please consider the following:

Can you separate your foster animals from your own?

Many of the animals coming to the shelter have never received vaccinations or even been to a veterinarian.  While we make every effort to assure that only healthy animals are placed into foster care, some do become ill.  We do not want any diseases to be transmitted to your personal pets so isolation of foster animals for the first few weeks is important.  This also will allow time for your pets to acclimate to the presence of your foster animals.
 

Are you prepared for the time investment of fostering?

No matter what type of animal you are interested in fostering there will be a time commitment of at least several hours each day.  This will entail feeding the animals, cleaning up after them and socializing them.  In addition you will need to make multiple trips to the shelter so that the veterinary staff can monitor their health.
 

Are you able to monitor the health of the foster animals?

When we entrust you with the care of our animals we will be relying on you to watch them for signs of illness or injury.  You will have to learn what is normal for your foster animals to be able to recognize what is abnormal and report that to us as early as possible so that we can treat the animal accordingly.
 

Can you get to us quickly in the event of an emergency?

If an animal in your care needs medical attention you must be able to transport the animal to the shelter or a designated veterinarian.
 

Can you place your trust in staff to decide what is best for an animal?

Sometimes adoption is not an option even after an animal has been in foster care.  This can be hard to manage emotionally.
 

Can you tell your friends that they must go through normal adoption procedures?

While we hope that you will network with your friends and family to find your foster animals a home they will need to come to the shelter to complete the adoption transaction- these animals cannot be adopted out from your house.
 

Are you emotionally prepared to return the animal after the foster period is over?

Many people who foster animals become attached to them and have difficulty letting go once it is time to return the animals for adoption.  You will have lavished love and attention on the animals in your care and then, one day, they are no longer around.  However, you can take comfort in knowing that they have the chance to find a loving home because of the work you did.
 

If you have answered yes to all these questions then we are excited to have you take the next step to become a foster parent!

You must be at least 18 years of age before applying but you do not have to be a Mecklenburg County resident.

Note that our greatest foster needs are for: bottle baby kittens, weaned kittens that need socialization and weight gain, and momma cats nursing babies.

You must read the Foster Guide​lines and then complete the application and attend an orientation before becoming a foster parent. Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule a mandatory orientation/training session to be held at the shelter once a month.  If you have​ any questions you may also contact Trisha Lopez at 704-336-6693 or tlopez@cmpd.org​

 

*Please note that this foster program is only for our shelter animals in need of foster care. If you own a pet that you need to find a foster home for, you need to contact rescues groups to see if they can assist or know someone who can or go to the iCare Program through the Humane Society of Charlotte. We cannot foster owned pets.*


Some people don't have the time to fully commit to at-home foster care. This is why Animal Care & Control has built a brand new neonatal kitten nursery at the shelter.

When people find kittens they usually don't know what to do. Most kittens found outside have a mother cat that is likely feral (not tame). It is always best for babies to be with their mothers, however we know that's not always possible. When neonates (4 weeks and under) come in to our shelter, they require almost round-the-clock care and it falls on staff members to provide the every 2 hour feedings they need along with other care. Though spaying and neutering is a HUGE part of bringing the down the cat population and managing how many kittens are born, neonates are still being brought to the shelter. With your help, we can save them!

Last year AC&C's kitten adoption rate increased by 38.7%., the transfers of kittens to other rescue groups and organizations increased by 34.5%, and the euthanasia of kittens decreased by 42.3%. With the addition of the kitten nursery, the goal is to save even more lives, specifically the kittens under the age of four weeks.

Our neonate kitten nursery was created to help house these animals when our foster homes are full. The nursery can house at least 20 litters at a time. Volunteers are needed to help feed and care for these little ones until they are old enough, and big enough, to go onto the adoption floor.

FAQs:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age before applying but you do not have to be a Mecklenburg County resident.

  • Volunteers must be ready to provide a minimum of 1 hour of care per week in the nursery.

  • The nursery is open 7 days a week from 6:30am to 1:30am the following morning. It is closed between 1:30am and 6:30am.

  • The nursery is anticipated to run from April to the end of November.

  • The nursery is inside the AC&C shelter at 8315 Byrum Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217.

  • First, volunteers must read the Foster Guide​lines and then complete the application. Once we receive your application, it will be processed and a background check will be performed. Once approved, volunteers will be contacted to schedule a mandatory orientation/training session. You may NOT receive an email/confirmation that your application has been received but you WILL be contacted when you are approved to attend a training session.
    Note: the background check is required for all potential volunteers, however, only serious or animal related offenses will disqualify people from volunteering.

  • Please be patient as the application and background checks are processed.

If you have​ additional questions you may also contact Trisha Lopez at 704-336-6693 or tlopez@cmpd.org​

​This nursery is made possible by a grant from the ASPCA.

Want to help keep our kitten nursery fully stocked with all the food and supplies we need? Go to our Make a Donation​ page to find our wish list as well as make a monetary donation online!


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