With a great sigh of relief, I can declare that all of the foster cats have been adopted. Time for a victory lap.
Enough modesty…I am awesome. In one year, I successfully fostered 13 stray cats (pictured above with mothers on the left and their kittens on the right). With food, attention, and shelter, I lured three mom cats into my back yard with their kittens, abducted them all, fostered them, and found them forever homes. I had a good deal of help from the Animal Welfare League with its Friends Helping Felines program that offers low-cost care (vaccines, de-worming medicine, and spay/neuter). I absolutely loved the whole experience, but let’s be honest, it was a major inconvenience. It was expensive to care for all the cats. Quality canned food, kitty litter, litter pans, food/water dishes, medicine, extra charges at the vet for pain medicine…it all adds up pretty quickly. It’s also lot of work socializing stray cats. I needed to find time every day to interact with the foster cats and try to get them used to other people. The whole fostering process was a big strain on relationships with my cats and wife. Finally, there’s the stress of finding them good homes. At first, it seems like no home will be worthy of the cats. Then I have to accept that other people love their cats in different ways and they all mean well. That has to be enough to part with the cats with which I’ve spent so much time and formed bonding relationships.
Personal bests: Twelve cats in the house at one time. Nine cats in the car at one time. Not keeping any of the foster cats for myself.
Up next…where are they now?