I wasn’t looking for a foster kitten, but fate intervened. His intake date was my late brother’s birthday. Weighing a little over a pound he was the only surviving member of his litter. He had one blue and one green eye. Best of all – he came equipped with “auto-purr” (which was activated whenever I picked him up). Hurricane Felix was the second Hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season so it stood to reason that this kitten had to be a Purricane.
Purricane Felix – July 2007
Everyone has heard the dismal statistics on shelter euthanasia. What you don’t hear are the numbers of “unassisted deaths” due to disease. The cute little kittens who should be the most adoptable are also the most susceptible to parasites and upper respiratory infections. Poorly developed immune systems and the lack of body reserves ensure they are ill equipped to handle the stress of a shelter environment.
Fostering in a home environment:
- Reduces stress
- Decreases exposure to contagious diseases
- Facilitates socialization
- Saves lives
Purricane needed antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. He also needed to gain weight in order to be adoptable.
People who love cats but aren’t able or ready to commit to a fulltime pet can provide the extra care kittens need before they can find their forever homes through a shelter.
Of course, some people do fall in love with their fosters (and vice versa). =^..^=
Purricane Felix (aka “The Purr”) – 2009
Alison W. – Certified Veterinary Technician