This week’s Shelter Volunteer Adventures is a little different. We’re turning this post into a cat fostering forum. If you have ever wondered about fostering a cat and have ANY question about what’s involved, leave your question in the comments. I will also reply to questions at our Facebook page and Google + page if your prefer.
One month ago today I brought home a cat from the New Rochelle Humane Society to foster and it’s been the best month of her short life (I hope). And it was all an accident or meant to be if you believe in that kind of thing. I’d prepared a safe room, brought a carrier to the shelter but the cat I thought I wanted to foster was suddenly adopted and my second choice was another cat rescued from a hoarder and frankly I wasn’t in love with her. If you’re serious about fostering, it’s best not to be head over heels unless you are prepared to have a failed foster. I designed a foster program in 1997 when I founded the Annex Cat Rescue and didn’t personally foster for many years. My last successful foster was just before Odin arrived and never left but these things all work out in the end.
What an incredible month! The tiny, gray cat with one eye and stubby legs known as Vicky whom I now call Nou Nou has come a long way. She’s completely transformed and 100% adoptable and adorable. I’d blogged about first seeing her in June with three siblings and mentioned they are still in cages waiting for their lucky break…
BUT then I consulted my original notes again. I’d I just glanced at them once after I’d brought her home. I could have sworn she had three siblings about six-months old but upon closer examination of my messy handwritten notes I discovered new details.
June 4, 2014: 15 cats from second hoarder. Intake 2/6. Crate #1 No spay/neuter. 1) #14452A-20245-one year-gray FSH (female short hair) missing left eye. some discharge. 2) #14454A-20247- one year gray FSH. slow blink. litter mate? 3) #14453A-20246 dk. gray and white kitten 6.mo MSH. Crate on floor. Opened door. Only #2 responded with a slow blink and bold enough to come out and play.
Crate #2 litter mates both gray FSH 14449A 20242 + 144551A 20244. Moved to cages in D room. What happened to #14450?
That’s five cats, four females about a year old and one younger male kitten. It was a crazy time with a sudden intake of over 80 cats and not enough cages. If that’s the case Nou Nou is older than I thought and the male, Pablo is not related. And what happened to her third sister? I got really curious and dug into my photo files and found this image I’d completely forgotten about from the first time I met her in June.
She’s so tiny even now, it would have been easy to mistake her for a kitten. I’ve posted this image of her and aha, he’s way in the back but does look smaller. My foster experience continues and I’ll be blogging more about it.
All I know for sure is two of her gray siblings and Pablo are waiting in their cages and haven’t seen the light of day since they were rescued in June. They are fearful and have not progressed much BUT so was Nou Nou. If she can change, so can they can they. They just need a chance with a patient foster home. Only Pablo is listed on the shelter website. Please share his Petfinder profile. and ask me anything.
A short video of Nou Nou playing princess and just playing. It kills me that her siblings can’t enjoy these simple pleasures. Maybe one day.