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Fostering Cats & Kittens

Cats and Kittens are placed into the Dubuque Regional Human Society's (DRHS) foster program for the following reasons:

  • Age
  • Underweight
  • Orphaned
  • Nursing
  • Other medical issues

The general rule is that kittens must be 2 months old and weigh 2 pounds or more before being ready for spay/neuter surgery and adoption. Once kittens are the proper weight and age and are healthy, they must be returned to the DRHS to begin the adoption process.

Time Commitment

Foster cats all have different needs and requirements depending on the situation. It is a general rule that the minimum time requirement for adult felines is 1 hour per day. Of course, foster families can always spend more time cuddling and loving their fosters!

Supplies Needed

The DRHS provides all the supplies needed for fostering cats and kittens. It is the responsibility of the foster family to pick up supplies when needed.

  • Food
  • Litter and litter box
  • Toys and treats
  • Bedding/blankets

Cat and Kitten Medical Schedule

All cats and kittens are vaccinated, treated for worms/parasites, and spayed/neutered before they are made available for adoption.

Medical Schedule

It is the responsibility of the foster and the DRHS vet staff to maintain each cat and kitten’s medical schedule. The vet staff and foster coordinator will establish a monthly schedule with the foster parent to ensure that vaccinations, worming, flea/tick, and other medical needs are met on a timely basis.

Kittens are treated with dewormer medication every 2 weeks until they are adopted or 6 months of age.

Things to observe

  • Abnormal stools (blood, parasites, diarrhea)
  • Lethargy, loss of weight, not eating
  • Sneezing, coughing, abnormal breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Eye discharge

If any symptoms arise, it is important to contact the DRHS Medical staff or Foster Coordinator as soon as possible. We have vet staff on site, please do not take foster animals to your personal veterinary clinic unless you have communicated with the DRHS staff.

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4242 Chavenelle Road
Dubuque, IA 52002




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Friday: 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
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