Sir Winston & Charleigh

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Contributed by foster and volunteer, Debbie Brame

March 5, a typical Saturday at the Petco adoption event turned out to be not so typical afterall.  Kaitlyn and I had Kiara, Kovu, and Winston in a cage together that day to be viewed by potential adopters.  Some lookers for Kiara and Kovu wandered by and were interested in one or the other but not both, so they quickly dissipated after hearing our preference for them to be adopted together.  Winston too was looked at by a few people, one wanted to declaw him and the other had not taken their pets to the vet in over ten years, so both were a resounding NO!  Kaitlyn left early that afternoon, but not too long after her departure an eight year old girl named Charleigh along with her mother Michelle asked to see Winston.  Charleigh held him for a long time, and later I heard Michelle ask,

“Are you sure this is the one?”

Charleigh quickly nodded yes, and then she proceeded to stand by Winston’s cage while Michelle filled out the adoption application.  Excitement and joy quickly turned to disappointment though, when Charleigh learned that they would not be able to take Winston home that day because I needed time to process the paperwork.  Two days later the application was approved, and Kaitlyn and I packed up Winston, or Sir Winston as I often called him, along with some of his favorite toys and drove him to his new furrever home.  Granted, this was not a typical adoption for us.  In our twenty something adoptions since becoming fosters last September, we have only adopted out 3 singletons, two of which went to homes with an existing cat.  Kaitlyn particularly was not too thrilled because she didn’t even meet the folks yet that I had approved, and we ALWAYS BOTH have to love our potential adopters before we proceed with an adoption.  Lastly, we had not performed a home visit, and rarely do we adopt out without a home visit.  Nevertheless, I told her this was one adoption I was approving without her blessing, and after meeting Charleigh, Kaitlyn understood.

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On the way home that night I bet Kaitlyn that 1) either Winston would be sleeping in Charleigh’s room that night even though Michelle said they would keep him on the ground floor so as not to overwhelm him, or 2) Charleigh would be sleeping on the couch with Winston.  Well, I lost that bet, but not by much.  Charleigh WANTED to sleep on the couch the first night, and the second night she was granted her wish.  I am told that Winston snuggled beside her most of the night and gave her lots of head bumps.  I believe it wasn’t long after that when the twosome moved to Charleigh’s bedroom, and they have been inseparable ever since.

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I could list a million reasons why this was the purrfect pairing, but I’ll let some of the selected stories below do that for me.  I call these my “weekly Winston updates”, and I think I have been requesting Michelle to share her favorite Winston stories with me every week since the adoption except for the two weeks we were out of the country vacationing in St. Martin.

March 8

Michelle:  “So far, their favorite thing to do together is read!  He’s very happy sitting in his bed and listening to her read.”

March 10

Michelle:  “Very active this morning!! He slept with Charleigh most of the night and woke her up by bringing his birdy toy up on her bed and chasing it back and forth.  Charlie’s been playing with him with that mouse on a stick toy all morning!”

March 11

Michelle:  “…last night he did the funniest thing:  she always reads in bed before going to sleep and she’s always asleep by 8:30.  She is on spring break tomorrow so I told her she could stay up until 9 PM.  At 8PM, Winston started meowing at her and walked up the stairs.  I think he knew it was time to read and go to bed!!”

March 13

Michelle:  “Winston is hosting his first sleepover.  So far so good!!  He’s loving the attention!”

March 25

Me:  “Ok, I’m feeling lonely and sad.  We adopted out two of our fosters last night and we had to put down a kitten that was having seizures.  Any news on Sir Winston to share and help brighten my day?”

Michelle:  “…Winston is Charleigh’s little shadow, that’s for sure.  She reads in bed every night for 40 mintues while he snuggles.  Yesterday she got home late from show choir practice, so I told her only 20 minutes of reading.  From her I got the ‘But mommy, please?’ and immediately after, in exactly the same tone, from him I got “meow meowwwww?’  So I said, okay 30 minutes.  She said ‘thanks’ and he said ‘Meh!’  And they both ran to her room.  It was hilarious!  There’s no way I can say no to BOTH of them.”

Me:  “You made me smile!”

Michelle:  “Yay!

March 27

Me:  “Happy Easter….any Sir Winston stories to share today?”

Michelle:  “Several…most importantly, Aaron and Charleigh used

treats to teach him to do a fist bump!…He has almost mastered it!

He will do it 90% of the time.”

April 1

Michelle:  “…Oh yeah, the other thing is that he likes to sleep curled up with her at night, but he sometimes gets up and causes trouble which wakes her up.  She now tells him every night before bed, “I love you very much buddy, and if you want to sleep by me that would make me happy, but if you’re going to keep me awake then you should go now.  About ¼ of the time he does leave right on cue!”

Me:  “I think Charleigh speaks cat.”

Michelle:  “Me too!”

April 10

Michelle:  “We will not see him sometimes for quite awhile.

But as soon as she gets home, he leaps at her and gives her

tons of love!!  And she gives it back.  We had a bit of a private

conversation earlier today when she came home and then left

again for a play date.  I told him, I know buddy.  I miss her very much too.  But she is growing up and we have to let go.  He gave me a head bump and waited by the door for her.”

I could go on and on sharing these weekly updates that Michelle has so graciously shared with me.  On softball game days, Winston grabs a pair of Charleigh’s socks and snuggles with them until she gets home and then eagerly sits and listens as Charleigh revisits each play by play.  On laundry days Winston LOVES to help, and if Michelle gets started a little late, Winston enthusiastically starts taking sheets off the beds without her!  Having mastered the commands to fist bump and jump, Charleigh is now working on the command to sit, and so on and so forth.  But when it comes right down to it, I’ll never get over the fact that even though there were a few smaller, younger kitties at Petco that Saturday in March, and it’s usually these smaller ones that get all the attention, it was Winston that caught Charleigh’s eye.  And I remember Michelle repeatedly asking her “are you sure, are you sure“ and her nodding yes.

“Charleigh is SUCH a good kid” beams Michelle.  “But there was always something missing.  It was Winston!  I’m convinced of it!”

Michelle later confided that after learning they would not be able to take Winston home that day at Petco, she really tried to persuade Charleigh to go with a kitten that a friend of their neighbor had available that same day.

“But she would not budge!  She would’ve waited a year for him  I think!” said Michelle.

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I’m just glad she only had to wait two days!

 

 

 

 

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JoJo & Co.

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“Free Pregnant Cat”

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Jojo was rescued from a Craig’s List ad stating “Free Pregnant Cat”.  The owner, Bob claimed he was moving and could no longer keep his cat, Jojo of 3 years.  Bob’s girlfriend found Jojo on the streets when she was just 4 months old.  They decided to keep her but never got her spayed.  Now three years and 2 litters later, Bob decided to give her up.

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A foster from St. Louis Pet Rescue stepped up to foster this adorable feline.  The first week Jojo was in her foster home, she was so depressed that she would not eat.  The foster mom had to syringe feed her daily to make sure Jojo and the babies got enough nutrients.  Jojo was in her foster home for three weeks before giving birth in a bathtub on February 20, 2016.  She was in labor for ten hours and delivered six beautiful kittens (3 orange boys and 3 tortie girls).  Unfortunately, the runt of the litter (a tortie) passed when she was 3 days old because she was unable to nurse.  The remaining five babies (Odie, Bo, Sarge, Kida and Meeka) grew up to be beautiful, healthy kittens.

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Jojo’s babies are ten weeks old now and will be up for adoption soon.  Two of the boys, Sarge and Bo are already pre-adopted.

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Jojo and three of her babies still need families to love.  Please share her story so they can find a home!

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Snickers

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From Snickers’ mom:

This little lovemuffin has completely stolen our hearts. She is enjoying her Oakville home…and sleeps in bed with my husband and I every night. Just wanted to give you an update on “Snickers.”

Before coming to St. Louis Pet Rescue, Snickers was a friendly outside cat that a family cared for but didn’t spay.  She had at least one litter of kittens.  The family asked if we would take her and one other cat into rescue.  We did and there will be no more babies, only baby talk, for Snickers!
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Slim

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A story from Slim’s (now Gus) mama:

The first time I saw Slim, I knew he needed to come live at our house.  He was bone thin, his coat was dirty and greasy, but he was still purring so loud he sounded like a motorcycle.  He rubbed his little cheek against my hand, and I was a goner.   We already had two cats, which according to my husband are two cats too many!  Our wedding anniversary was coming up, and I knew if I played it right, Slim could be my present.

When I asked what his story was, I was told he was picked up by Jefferson County Animal Control as a stray. He was scheduled to be put down when St. Louis Pet Rescue stepped in.  Right away it was noticed that his breathing was shallow and fast.  Within a week he was scheduled for diaphragmatic hernia surgery to repair a tear in his diaphragm.  His stomach, intestines, spleen and liver had shifted into his chest cavity.  His breathing was altered because there was no room for his lungs to expand properly.  His surgery went well and within a week he was living with us, his forever family.

When we brought him home, he was wearing a newborn sized onesie with the snaps off to the side.  It was the only way we could keep him from messing with his stitches.  He looked like a Muppet from Sesame Street with his big orange head, tiny skinny body and striped shirt.  After much debate we all settled on calling him Gus.

Shortly after we brought him home, we noticed he was having problems eating.  We took him to the vet and found out that he has Feline Stomatitis.  In short, it is a very painful mouth disease that caused his gums to become inflamed.  The treatment for Feline Stomatitis is extraction of his teeth.  By the time we got the surgery scheduled, he had stopped eating and would not stand up even to use the litter box.  He was in so much pain.  The vet extracted 14 teeth.  The only teeth Gus has left are his four canines and his tiny, little front teeth.  Someday he may have to have the rest of his teeth extracted.  We are prepared for that possibility.  Gus ate canned cat food while he was healing, but then refused it and went back to eating the dry cat food that our other two cats eat.

Gus has been with us for 18 months now.  Since then he has gained four pounds and filled out.  He got a bath, which he hated, right after he moved in with us and now his coat is soft and shiny.  We don’t know how old he is, but he acts like a kitten.  His favorite game is pushing everything he can off of the kitchen counter and then batting it around the kitchen until it goes under the oven.  Once a week I pull the oven drawer out to see what he has shoved under.  We have found the lid to the vitamins, paper clips, hair bands, spoons, and even once the car keys.  We figure he rotates beds all night long because in the morning all of my kids insists that Gus slept with them!  But if he is awake, he is usually assisting me with whatever household chore I’m doing.  He supervises me folding laundry from the top of the dryer, sits on fabric I’m trying to sew, presses keys on the keyboard when I’m typing, and tosses the kids pencils on the floor while they are doing homework.  He is the most unhelpful helper I’ve ever had, and I adore him!

I don’t know what Gus went through before he came to live with us, but for the first few months he would run and hide whenever I got the broom out to sweep the kitchen.  Sometimes I wonder what his life was like, but other times I’m glad I don’t know.  He now knows that the broom is no threat to him and he often swats at things in my dirt pile which caused me to have to start sweeping all over again.

Gus is proof that St. Louis Pet Rescue does amazing things for animals who need help.  Without them, Gus would have been put to sleep a long time ago or would have suffered with the tear in his diaphragm and been in horrible pain with his mouth.  Not only is he a lucky guy, but we are lucky too.  We love that he is a part of our family.

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Lambchop’s Story

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Lambchop was a stray cat found in a bad neighborhood. Some lovely ladies who work with local rescues and trap-neuter-release programs witnessed some kids kicking rocks at him and being abusive.

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The ladies picked him up and gave him to a temporary foster that was able to keep him until they could find a permanent foster parent. That’s when I came across his picture on facebook pleading for a rescue to step up and take him.

I knew right away I wanted to help this defeated looking angel.

It didn’t long to notice he was limping. After having a specialist look at his x-ray it was determined that he had an old fracture that had already healed incorrectly due to lack of treatment and it was causing him great pain.

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It was decided the best treatment to stop the pain was to have the leg amputated.

Lambchop is now back home with his foster mom safe and sound recovering. Despite the horrible and cruel life he has had to endure he still has a good spirit. He is so sweet and loves affection, and is begging for pets just hours after surgery!

Lambchop has found an awesome home! Thank you for all of your generous donations and support. We couldn’t have done it without everyone behind us!

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Holly

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There are happy and sad moments in rescue every day. Of course most of the time we have mostly happy stories to tell. Unfortunately this is not one of them.

Yesterday one of our foster homes lost a senior kitty they took it as a hospice Foster. Sam and Ashley took care of Holly (Bailey) like their own, no questions asked. Her last few weeks were filled with warmth, food, company and love.

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This little lady was found on the road as a stray, matted, dirty, weighing in at barely over 3 lbs. She has been neglected for a very long time, and unfortunately living on her own did not suit her well. She had a heart condition, most most likely irritable bowel syndrome, infected teeth and an ear infection. Because of the condition she was in, getting her teeth fixed was not an option. She had a sore and tired little body and she fought hard to try to get better.  Holly was growing her hair back, was enjoying days outside in the sun ( of course supervised) and was loving her cuddle time. The last 24 hours unfortunately she became unstable. She no longer wanted to eat, no longer could stand or walk, and seemed to be in distress. Sam and Ashley made the decision that nobody ever wants to make, and let her go. This without a doubt is the hardest part of being in rescue. We all want the best for our foster babies, and this takes a toll on all of us.

We thank the foster family for their unconditional love for Holly, and that they were there for her no matter what until the end.

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7th Annual Doggone Trivia Night

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Wow! What an amazing evening we had at the 7th Annual Doggone Trivia Night. Thankfully, the questions I created were well received and loads of people said they had a wonderful time. Thank you to everyone who attended. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and really sets us off on the right foot for kitten and puppy season. We even had a couple celebrating their anniversary:

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I’d like to thank our volunteers who helped make this event possible. Sharon O. was key in making the silent auction happen. She contacted the businesses, made baskets along with her friend, and placed information sheets in picture frames. She and Adel worked the Silent Auction. Thank you to everyone who donated items for our auction and thank you to those who entered into the auction. The support makes all the difference!

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Thanks to our panel of judges, Barb, Carol, and Helen, for making an encore appearance this year and making some wonderful silent auction items. What cards they are! They’re so fun. The best part: they’re all about the fun, don’t take any lip, and give As for good penmanship (they are all educators after all). They’re already signed on for next year!

Thank you to all of the other volunteers we had to make the trivia night a real success: Allison H., Barb, Chelsea, Daryl, Debbie B., Gary, Glenda, James, Jason, Josh, Kaitlyn, Lesa, Maya, Rachel, Sam, Stacy, Stefani, Vanna, Whitney, and my other half, Chris. Finally, I thank my partner-in-crime, Adel, who is always in the thick of it with anything “rescue.” I really was bowled over by the response of the volunteers this year. We have never had so many before!

Thank you to Robb Young, from Now That’s a DJ, for helping us out each and every year with the sound system and projector. He really helps us look polished! If you’re looking for a DJ or a speaker at your event, Robb does it all. His specialty is leadership and training, but also hosts a mean trivia night (he was our 2015 emcee)!

Thank you to Chris Clark for being our emcee. Chris graciously agreed to do an encore event for us, as he was our 2014 emcee. He has a knack for the arts and entertainment, and feels completely at home on the stage. He kept the attendees happy and many people told me how much they really enjoyed him.

Thank you to those who were not volunteers, but graciously stayed to help clean up! St. Louis is an awesome community full of wonderful people. Really makes me proud to be in the Midwest!

Now that I have kept you waiting this long…

I am so excited to say we raised $8,000. This is the most we have raised at a fundraiser ever and we had fewer attendees this year. How incredible! Thanks to everyone who made this happen. Your support means so much.

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Slim’s Chance

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A story from Slim’s (now Gus) mama:

The first time I saw Slim, I knew he needed to come live at our house.  He was bone thin, his coat was dirty and greasy, but he was still purring so loud he sounded like a motorcycle.  He rubbed his little cheek against my hand, and I was a goner.   We already had two cats, which according to my husband are two cats too many!  Our wedding anniversary was coming up, and I knew if I played it right, Slim could be my present.

When I asked what his story was, I was told he was picked up by Jefferson County Animal Control as a stray. He was scheduled to be put down when St. Louis Pet Rescue stepped in.  Right away it was noticed that his breathing was shallow and fast.  Within a week he was scheduled for diaphragmatic hernia surgery to repair a tear in his diaphragm.  His stomach, intestines, spleen and liver had shifted into his chest cavity.  His breathing was altered because there was no room for his lungs to expand properly.  His surgery went well and within a week he was living with us, his forever family.

When we brought him home, he was wearing a newborn sized onesie with the snaps off to the side.  It was the only way we could keep him from messing with his stitches.  He looked like a Muppet from Sesame Street with his big orange head, tiny skinny body and striped shirt.  After much debate we all settled on calling him Gus.

Shortly after we brought him home, we noticed he was having problems eating.  We took him to the vet and found out that he has Feline Stomatitis.  In short, it is a very painful mouth disease that caused his gums to become inflamed.  The treatment for Feline Stomatitis is extraction of his teeth.  By the time we got the surgery scheduled, he had stopped eating and would not stand up even to use the litter box.  He was in so much pain.  The vet extracted 14 teeth.  The only teeth Gus has left are his four canines and his tiny, little front teeth.  Someday he may have to have the rest of his teeth extracted.  We are prepared for that possibility.  Gus ate canned cat food while he was healing, but then refused it and went back to eating the dry cat food that our other two cats eat.

Gus has been with us for 18 months now.  Since then he has gained four pounds and filled out.  He got a bath, which he hated, right after he moved in with us and now his coat is soft and shiny.  We don’t know how old he is, but he acts like a kitten.  His favorite game is pushing everything he can off of the kitchen counter and then batting it around the kitchen until it goes under the oven.  Once a week I pull the oven drawer out to see what he has shoved under.  We have found the lid to the vitamins, paper clips, hair bands, spoons, and even once the car keys.  We figure he rotates beds all night long because in the morning all of my kids insists that Gus slept with them!  But if he is awake, he is usually assisting me with whatever household chore I’m doing.  He supervises me folding laundry from the top of the dryer, sits on fabric I’m trying to sew, presses keys on the keyboard when I’m typing, and tosses the kids pencils on the floor while they are doing homework.  He is the most unhelpful helper I’ve ever had, and I adore him!

I don’t know what Gus went through before he came to live with us, but for the first few months he would run and hide whenever I got the broom out to sweep the kitchen.  Sometimes I wonder what his life was like, but other times I’m glad I don’t know.  He now knows that the broom is no threat to him and he often swats at things in my dirt pile which caused me to have to start sweeping all over again.

Gus is proof that St. Louis Pet Rescue does amazing things for animals who need help.  Without them, Gus would have been put to sleep a long time ago or would have suffered with the tear in his diaphragm and been in horrible pain with his mouth.  Not only is he a lucky guy, but we are lucky too.  We love that he is a part of our family.

 

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Rex and Jack

Picture6    Having just lost my best furry friend in September of 2014, I was not looking for another cat quite yet.  Walking into Petco late November 2014 with my mom, we stopped to take a look at the pets available for adoption. Immediately, my eyes fell on this little gray tabby.  His foster mommy was opening his cage and getting ready to go home for the day.  I politely asked to hold the scared little guy, and she replied with a huge smile but warned me he was petrified.  I instantly fell in love!  This little cat was a gray tabby with beautiful white markings.  He had high white boots along his back legs with a white collar of fur.  After holding him for a bit, I told my mom that he was the one.  Vanna, the foster mommy, explained his story to me.  He was rescued from Animal Control.  His four paws had been burned, and he was extremely dehydrated when they found him in the middle of a grocery parking lot shivering from the cold. The little guy was 20 minutes away from being euthanized when Vanna was lucky enough to get there in time to save him.

Picture2She told us that all he does is hide under furniture at her house and doesn’t show signs of play.  She said, “he may never play”.  This broke my heart, and I was determined to give this little guy the best life possible.  After filling out the adoption paperwork and waiting patiently, Vanna finally called to say he was ready for adoption!  My family and I drove over to her house that night to bring him home and decided to name the little guy Jack (based off of Jack from the TV show, 24).  Jack was a fighter in the TV show, and we were determined this little guy would be a fighter and overcome his past.  With a lot of tender love and care, it took Jack all of three days to show signs of play.  Within two weeks, Jack was chasing string around the house.  We just passed Jack’s 1 year “got-me-day” anniversary, and I could list millions of reasons why I love this cat.  He sleeps curled up next to my side every night, and every morning he wakes me up wanting out of my room at 6am.  He howls in the middle of the night wanting to play and scratches at my blinds. He pounces at pipe-cleaner bugs I throw on my bed, and he loves to eat chicken!  This little guy has brought a tremendous amount of joy to my life, and he was the best Christmas gift I ever received. I am so thankful that Vanna and St. Louis Pet Rescue took a chance on this little guy and so thankful he has come to trust people again.  There is no way Jack could even come close to replacing my furry friend I lost last year, but he sure is my best friend now!
Picture5In September of 2015, we decided to become foster parents ourselves.  My mom always talked about becoming a foster mommy once she retired, but after seeing two five-month old kittens who were looking for a foster home in the Petco condos, we decided “Why wait?” and filled out the application to become foster parents.  Rex, an orange tabby, and his sister Ruby, a long-hair torbie became our first two fosters.
At first, Jack howled and growled at these two fur balls.  Rex and Ruby were full of energy, constantly running around the house chasing each other and wrestling.  It didn’t take but three days for Jack to realize he was still a

Picture3kitten at heart, even though he was not a baby anymore, and he decided to join in on the fun.  These three were always seen together exploring and becoming best buds.  Everyone in our household talked about how hard it would be to let Rex and Ruby be adopted since we all fell in love with them.  We had talked about adopting them for a while, but as we continued to get applications for each of them and since they were both highly adoptable cats, we decided to try and find a perfect home where they could be adopted together.  As the weeks passed, Rex and Jack started becoming a bonded pair.  The boys would wrestle and rough play all the time.  I swear Rex is part dog.  He chases after a feather on a stick and brings it back.  He jumps over hurdles in the hall and chases a laser.  Ruby was more of an independent, sweet princess who didn’t like all of the rough housing.  She had her wild spurts at times, but she was content being brushed and laying on our lap.

Rex and Ruby had been living with us for three months, and we all knew they were our cats even though the paperwork said they were “foster cats”.  Unfortunately, Ruby became terminally ill at the age of 7 months old and passed away on December 4, 2015.   One day later, on December 5, 2015 we thought it was only appropriate to adopt Rex as a present for Jack.  This was to the day a year after we adopted Jack.  Picture4

As a foster parent, you have to go through some pretty rough and unfair times, but times like this make me so glad we decided to foster.  All cats can be sweet and loving with the right environment.  Fostering is hard because you want to keep them all, and if I could, I would.  It’s hard to watch your foster cats move on to their next home, but it’s even harder watching all of the cats brought into the animal controls that need to be rescued.  Rex and Jack sure make a good pair, and they mother any new foster kitty we take in as if it was their baby
I’m so glad we adopted these two.

Foster mama (now permanent mama),

Kaitlyn B.

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