Cat lovers can now help Whitman Humane Society & temporarily foster kittens

PULLMAN, WA - It's kitten season, and administrators at the Whitman County Humane Society said they need volunteers who are willing to temporarily house kittens until they're ready to be put up for adoption.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin tells us why fostering pets can be a rewarding, and sometimes difficult experience.

Pullman Resident Kimberly McGee and her daughter Sarah are cat lovers.

"This is kitten season," said Foster Pet Parent Kimberly McGee. "And all the shelters and rescue organizations are overwhelmed."

McGee is currently fostering two kittens for the Whitman County Humane Society.

"They came with names," said McGee. "The little boy is named Dexter and his sister is named Dee Dee."

"We just take care of the animals, they live here," said McGee. "Kind of integrate them into our family, socialize them."

Over at the humane society, their cages are stocked full of cats that are ready for a new home. Interim Director of Shelter Operations Kylene Daschofsky said they need foster homes for the cats that aren't ready for adoption yet.

"We don't' really want to house a bunch of cats here that aren't currently adoptable, because we already have a lot of cats that we need to get adopted out," said Daschofsky.

This is Ivory, and she's one of the kittens that needs a foster home because she weighs less than two pounds, which means she's too light to be spayed.

"It's not very demanding, we can give you easier cases if you want," said Daschofsky.

Daschofsky said cats that need foster homes are either too young or have a medical issue that they need to overcome before being adopted. In Dexter and Dee Dee's case, McGee said it's just a matter of making sure they get along with the older cats in the house.

"I work full time and I'm able to do this pretty seamlessly," said McGee.

As an experienced foster parent, McGee said she knows the hardest part will be saying goodbye.

"To be able to foster is to save a life," said McGee.

If you're interested in fostering for the Whitman County Humane Society, you can print out an application form online and turn it into the shelter. Shelter volunteers said they sometimes have puppies that need foster homes, but the majority of foster pets are kittens.