Was just hoping for some feedback from peeps that are already fostering about how good it is to help out these little munchkins and your experiences.
It's both really rewarding and terribly frustrating, and often incredibly sad.
Since you already have two cats of your own, have you got the ability to keep them seperate from your fosters/rescues as an infection control measure ? If you can't do this easily, I'd seriously reconsider fostering - the health and vaxx status of the cats coming in can't be guaranteed. No point making your cats ill.
I have a rescue girl and her five babies at the moment - Mum and bubs' story is on here in another thread - and I am spending around 2 hours a day handling just Mum. We had to trap her to catch her, she was so frightened and thin, but almost 4 weeks later I can pick her up and cuddle her easily, and she wraps herself around my feet. If I take anyone else in the kitten room, she still hides, but she's a work in progress and I'm quite happy with how far she's come for now. Ideally I'd like to handle her three hours a day, but with kids and my other cats and life in general, 2 is it. Foster/rescue is time consuming.
Sometimes, depending on what life has handed out before you get them, no matter how you try they can't become good, re-homable pets. There is more than one foster carer out there with at least one of these cats that has moved from the "just visiting' to the "permanent resident' category - myself included (her name is Mercedes and she's 7 years old now). You have to have strategies in place to cope if the cat can't be helped or if medically it's deemed that euthanising is the only answer.
I find the most frustrating part is dealing with the people who come to look at the kittens - I've done a fair bit of pedigree rescue and there is a type of person out there who want a 'bargain price' cat but expect 'top show cat' looks and personality. You have to be good at weeding out those people who would be crap homes from those who would actually be ok homes (even if not your own expectations ) and mostly you get really great homes. But be prepared with a list of excuses as to why a kitten is now unavailable if you want to avoid the drama that comes with refusing an applicant - the crap homes tend to have the market cornered when it comes to chucking tanties of momumental proportions.
The sad bit is that no matter how hard we work, there is always another cat urgently needed fostering or rescuing. The queue is always lengthening, particularly now that rental homes seem hell-bent on preventing people being pet owners at all.
And then you get those great times - when the owner sends you a photo of a big fat housecat that you first saw as a scrawny, ill baby on the knife edge between making it or not. Or the photo of the little girl pushing her cat in a pram when you know in it's previous life it was abused. And the bittersweet ones when you get a photo of the cat that has died after 15 years in it's purr-ever home and them asking you to keep an eye out for the next rescue that looks like Fluffy as they want to do it all over again.
Feel free to PM if you have any specific questions, happy to add my 2 cents worth if you like.