Cream colored neonatal kitten on an orange blanket next to a white stuffed bear head

Welcome, Hickory, North Carolina! Get to know Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is bringing proven lifesaving tactics to shelters and rescue groups across the country. Based on a foundation of compassion and inclusion, we're working together to help both pets and people. We want to make sure that everyone has the same access to loving pets and that every adoptable pet has the option of residing in the comfort of a foster home rather than in a shelter.

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Catawba County Animal Services


The staff at Catawba County Animal Services are dedicated to increasing lifesaving programs at the animal shelter. Best Friends is excited to collaborate with Catawba County Animal Services to help save the lives of orphaned kittens and other at-risk cats.

Working in conjunction with Catawba County Animal Services, Best Friends is looking for volunteer foster families willing to open their hearts and homes and care for kittens until they are ready to be adopted. If you are interested in fostering, please email fostercatawba@bestfriends.org for more information.

Why focus on kittens?

To have the largest lifesaving impact, we believe it's important to focus our attention where it's needed most, and at Catawba County Animal Services, that's newborn kittens up to four weeks old.

Very young kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in shelters because they need around-the-clock care, something that most shelters are unable to provide. Kittens have fragile immune systems, are unable to regulate their body temperature and need to be bottle-fed frequently. Due to their tiny size and low mobility, newborn kittens do not need much room and are an excellent foster option in any size home.

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Foster with Best Friends in Hickory

The Hickory foster program focuses on placing kittens up to four weeks old with volunteer foster families. Once the kittens reach eight weeks old, they will be available for local adoption or transported to receiving partners.

Check out our Kitten Foster Manual, which has additional information on fostering kittens and answers to FAQs.

Adopting a kitten

With all our available kittens currently residing in foster homes, meet-and-greets will take place remotely. To adopt a kitten:

  • Search our available kittens.
  • Complete the meet-and-greet request specifying the particular kitten you are interested in.
  • An adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a virtual meeting. Requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Following the virtual meet-and-greet, the adoption can be finalized, and arrangements will be made for you to pick up your new best friend.

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Volunteering

Volunteers play an important role in keeping our lifesaving work moving smoothly. Our needs are constantly changing due to the nature of our work, so please check back here for our open volunteer positions.

Get started by filling out a volunteer application »

Contact us

Questions? We're here to help. Please feel free to contact us at fostercatawba@bestfriends.org.