For years my husband and I grappled with the question to” foster or not to foster?” terrified that if we brought animals into our home to foster, they would never return to the humane society. Since it is a well-established fact that we are pushovers when it comes to animals and we have a flock of our own, we historically opted with not to foster.
The fateful day I “liked” the Humane Society of Kent County” Facebook page changed our policy towards fostering, initially with just the results we expected. Macy (a beautiful longhair grey cat described on Facebook) came to stay with us so she could be socialized after living years in a grungy basement with little human contact. She started out behind a closed door in my sewing room, cowering under the furniture. Slowly, we could enter the room and although she didn’t run under the furniture, she hissed at us and swatted with claws fully extended. The next step was to put a gate across the door so Macy could see the other animals and our interactions with them. Over the course of many months, Macy expanded her territory and now roams the house with ease, we can pat her and hold her while she purrs and we are hoping the day will come when she jumps up in our laps. She was our first foster failure and we love her.
Tigger became our next failed foster and I will save her story for another day. She came to us as a tiny abandoned kitten with a wound that needed treatment. We were starting to question our ability to foster once again. Then Facebook lit up with a seemingly endless opportunity to foster litters of kittens, some with and some without their mommas. We knew our friends at HSKC were desperate so we signed on for a litter. Hurray! We have found a way to help out and returning our guests when they are ready. The moral for us is to take lots at one time. It’s much harder to contemplate keeping four, five or six rather than one! I think we have a win/win foster plan.
Written by Sue Caswell