Volunteers like you are needed to provide short-term in-home care for CAPS cats until they are adopted. What better way to show your love for animals than to become a foster parent or family? Fostering can last from a few days to several months. One foster cat in your home is one less cat to die. You can be part of a solution that will save countless lives.

Fostering a cat is an excellent option if you are unable to adopt. To decide if this option is right for you, take the time to read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.


  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and live on their own to qualify for this program. If the applicants live with others in a household, written consent from them must be obtained. Property owners or tenants should be the individuals submitting the application

  • Applicants must live in Onslow County and be willing to transport the fostered pet to veterinary appointments and adoption showcases

  • Applicants who are renters must provide documentation from their landlord that pets are permitted to live with them. CAPS will not allow an animal to be fostered if the applicant exceeds the number of allowed pets

  • Any current pets in the potential foster home must provide documentation showing they are current on vaccinations and that they have been spayed or neutered

  • Applicants must be dedicated to the proper care and nutrition their foster pet requires

The fostering of a Carolina Animal Protection Society cat involves three steps. Depending on the circumstances, this process may take several days to complete. It is the mission of CAPS to ensure the foster family is prepared to assume all responsibility of fostering an animal and that the foster family's home is the best fit for the animal.

  1. Submit an Application - CAPS will review the application for accuracy as well as contact veterinary references.

  2. Schedule a Home Visit - Two qualified members of CAPS will schedule a home visit in which a determination is made with regards to the suitability of the family's home and lifestyle.

  3. Sign a Contract - When the application and home visit have been approved, discussion between the foster family and a CAPS member will take place to review policies and sign contracts.