Fostering is Cool Home Page

A cat named Lotto

A cat named Lotto

A little cat named Lotto changed Jack Talman’s life forever and even though he has passed on, he continues to inspire us with this endeavor called Fostering is Cool.

Millions of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are killed in shelters because they are deemed non adoptable. Often it is because the kittens and puppies are still nursing, or because the overcrowded conditions in the shelters causes illness before the animals can find homes.

Fostering a pet is a way you can give them a second chance at finding a forever home

Foster “parents” are desperately needed today.  Please open your heart and your homes and find out why Fostering is SO Cool.

Fostering is Cool


12 responses to “Fostering is Cool Home Page

  1. bigcatrescue

    December 24, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I’ve known Jack and Jewell Talman for many years. They are true animal lovers and have been instrumental in saving many pet lives through their generosity and tireless work. They combine hands on fostering care, with educating others in the field and getting political to enact more animal protective laws.

    • Rick Medina

      December 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Jack Talman has been responsible for saving more animals in Hillsborough County than any other private citizen. Jack and I have worked together for some 10 years and I am proud to call him a friend. Fostering is an important part of animal rescue. This program is the last chance for many animals in kill shelters. Thanks you Jack.

  2. Donna

    January 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    although I own six rescue cats, I can’t foster right now. However, when I retire and have the TIME to devote to kits, it’s my dream.,

    • Jack

      January 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Donna, you have saved at least 6 lives!!!! Please keep up with us on Facebook and if any friends are interested let us know. If you have time look this site over. It is really taking shape. Take Care. Jack

  3. wandavelez

    January 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Dearest Jack: I am SO happy to see you continue to honor LOTTO’s soul and his inspiration continues to help thousands of cats & dogs every year…I know he’s watching from above and is so proud of all the good you’ve done and continue to do! Thank goodness for the day LOTTO crossed Jack Tallman’s path!🙂

    Wanda Velez, Animal Welfare Activist
    Pompano Beach, FL & Puerto Rico (US Commonwealth)

  4. Jeanine Cohen

    January 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Jack’s mission to save animals is only matched by his vision to make animal welfare groups work more efficiently, and dare I say it, work together. His willingness to continually reach out to the existing rescue groups and beg, prod, and push to move animals from animal services to Fostering is Cool, then to an existing adoption program, while bumping heads with anyone who gets in the way, is endless. Not many people can stomach the heartache of recognizing what “no” really means in this arena, and Jack doesn’t take no for an answer. Jack gets it, Tampa does not need another rescue group. Tampa needs more fosters to save the adoptable pets until we can get them all homes. While Cat Crusaders will continue to pull directly from Hillsborough County Animal Services when we can, our fosters are limited, as we also try and help with cats and kittens BEFORE they go to animal services. Fostering is Cool, is a wonderful addition to all rescues as we it alleviates from the rescues the burden of finding a foster. Jack’s got that covered. We can work on what we do best, finding forever homes!!!

  5. Marie thompson

    April 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I was givin this site by hcas, reason being my mom was givin a cat that she did not know was preganant, the momma is going to be spayed, but we can not keep the lil babies. the babies are now 6 weeks old and weened, all 3 are males very cute, very good demeanor. However hcas can’t be sure they will get adopted. & we really want to see them adopted & not put to sleep. If any one can help or send us in the right direction it would be appreciated…

  6. Cinde' Brouck

    May 2, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I would love to become a foster mom. I have a very nice two-bedroom condo in Seminole that has a nice big front porch (All enclosed screened, two big ceiling fans, all equipped w/ a cat/doggie door) that I could devote exclusively to quite a few babies. I am from Massachusetts, and from the time I could talk Ihave taken care of all kinds of orphaned creatures. Baby bats,racoons,squirrels,every kind of bird just about-we had 4 blue-jays from birth till they flew away, a crow that stayed around for years although he was free, he ended up talking!!! I’ve raised pygmy goats, ducks and chickens from eggs in incubators as pets (and for great eggs!) I just bought this condo less than a year ago, and this is MY forever home-(Unless I find a perfect man with a great house near here!!!LOL) but no, I’m single in my 50’s have a back issue that keeps me home most of the time, and this sounds like my way of life. Please call me tomorrow (Wed.May 2) or as soon as you can! Thank you for all you all do! Cinde’ Brouck 1-978-290-6193 (cell)

  7. Janel Gill

    September 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I have been meaning to write about my experience with Fostering Is Cool, so here we go.

    I have fostered cats and kittens in the past, but had taken a break from fostering after one of my cats developed a vaccine-associated tumor that required the amputation of one of his hind legs. In addition, another of my cats has severe allergies. Needless to say, money has been tight but I make a decent salary. Several months ago, I happened to see one of the many pleas that came down the News Feed on Facebook from the Fostering Is Cool page asking for foster help, so I checked it out. I figured that maybe I could help save lives for a few months and get my kitten fix at the same time.

    I filled out the Fostering Is Cool application and Jack Talman called me a few days later. I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I knew very little about Jack then – I had heard that he was an animal advocate who people seemed to respect and that was it, but it was good enough for me.

    Jack soon brought over 5 gorgeous 6-week old kittens that I fostered for a little over a month. They all went to HSTB and were quickly adopted. It was a great fostering experience and while I was sad to see them leave, I knew they would all be fine.

    Little did I know at the time that Jack wasn’t quite finished with me! He asked if I would be willing to take another litter of 6 kittens and I hesitantly said yes. These guys were so small – maybe 3½ weeks old! Several of them would not eat so I quickly ran to the pet store and got some KMR. The kittens grew and thrived, and of course I fell madly in love with all of them. KMR isn’t cheap but I did what I felt I had to do, and I have no regrets.

    Jack would contact me occasionally and ask if I needed anything. He was great to stay in touch via email or text. If I texted or emailed him about my kittens with any concerns or requests, he would promptly respond — usually within a few seconds. Occasionally I would need medication for the kittens and it seemed to magically appear on my door step. Whatever medication I needed, Jack got for me. Jack spoiled me in that way and I loved and appreciated it.

    Let me just say that I have a demanding job that sometimes requires long hours but I made time for my foster kittens. If you go home at night, you probably have time to foster. Anyone who says they have no time to foster has never been a foster parent. You make time for what you want to do, and I wanted to help. In addition, I seem to be most productive when I have a lot going on. The less I have to do, the less I seem to get done.

    The time involved with my kittens was extensive but it was absolutely worth it. I could not have been a prouder foster mom when all of my foster babies the second go ’round were adopted at HSTB several months later. I would not change a thing.

    Jack has a great relationship with HSTB and that took a lot of pressure off me. I already have 7 cats of my own so I cannot adopt again any time soon. I was able to concentrate my effort and attention on getting my foster kittens healthy and happy.

    Jack could not have been a nicer or more caring person. I am now a huge fan and am happy to call him a friend. All in all, both of these were great fostering experiences and I am certain that I will work with Jack again in the future.

    Anyone wanting to help save lives, I urge you to please go to and fill out an application to become a foster parent. Your contribution will make a difference in the life of a cat or dog, and more importantly, it will make a difference in your own life. Thanks. Janet Gill

  8. Karen

    April 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Fostering is cool and rewarding. I did it for 8 years and miss it. Hoping that I can get back into it.

  9. julie myers

    April 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I need to find a home for 9 week old kittens.

  10. jamie

    July 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Would we have to worry about the health of our cats having fosters in the house? Our cats are all up to date on shots. Want to make sure no risks to our cats.


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