Giving : Fostering
Our foster families are very special people - we ask you to give all your love and care to an animal, for a while, then let it go - off to a new life in a new home.
CATNIP has facilities to accommodate some animals, but we do not currently run our own refuge.

Instead we rely on short term foster-parents to look after animals until they can be rehomed and use our own accommodation as backup. Generally speaking, animals are better with a foster-family than in a shelter.

We can provide references from past fosterers on request.

We provide food and pay medical expenses for the animal while it is your care.

We can normally remove an animal from you within 24 hours if required, sooner in an emergency.

As part of our screening process, we will visit your home.

If you are in rented accommodation, we may ask you to provide evidence that your lease permits you to keep animals. That said, we are less concerned about your having formal permission to keep a cat as we can remove it at short notice if required.

In general we prefer our foster families have prior experience of keeping animals - but it does depend on the needs of the particular animal and we are happy to consider all applicants.

Not every person making an application can provide a suitable environment, but we will try to make your interaction with us as "un-bruising" as possible.

We particularly welcome applications from foreign residents who are not in Japan permanently, but who have kept animals before.

All animals are fostered on the basis of a formal fostering agreement under which NPO CATNIP retains legal responsibility for the animal.

If you think you might be able to provide a short-term home for a cat, please fill out our foster application form