Husband and wife team John and Patti started their foster caregiving journey in June, 2014. They currently foster cats and also have cats and dogs of their own. They became interested in fostering after having worked TNVR in the community.
Did you have any concerns or hesitation before you began fostering, and if so, how has it played out for you?
We were worried about our own pets getting along with the foster animals. John and I have learned it’s best for us to keep the foster kittens/young cats separate from the adult house cats. Our living room and study have glass doors which makes it possible. Our dogs mingle with all.
What kind of support do you receive from CARE?
CARE has always impressed us with the support they offer for the kitties. From routine exams to emergencies, the cat welfare team and other experienced caregivers are there for you.
What’s your favorite aspect about fostering? Why do you do it?
Loving on kitties! Socializing the frightened or single kitties, healing the sick ones, meeting some great people with the adoptions. We enjoy keeping up with our adopters. Frequency decreases over time but most will send annual reports with pics. That means the world to us.
What advice would you give to someone considering foster caregiving?
Be consistent. The kittens/cats are depending on you. Follow the SOPs, and ask for help when needed. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite story about one of your foster animals?
Our latest adoption was Macy Grace — aka Baby Grace — who we initially adopted to a lady who had been recently widowed and had a two year old male tuxedo cat. Macy Grace’s “mom” passed away last fall at a relatively young age. The family surrendered her and her older brother Milo to CARE. In the four months they were with us, it was obvious they weren’t a bonded pair. Macy Grace is a true tortie with a bossy attitude. Milo was adopted to a family in April, and Macy Grace to another family at least 30 miles away in May. Macy Grace’s second adoption was our one-hundredth!