Monday, 10 January 2011

My journey so far..

So I thought Id write about my journey as a cat fosterer for Cats Protection so far.
Ive been fostering for just over 4 months now, which has gone very quick. Ive fostered and rehomed 6 beautiful foster cats.
Im finding it very rewarding, and I feel quite proud of myself, knowing that these cats were strays, or abanoned and are now in loving homes, with people who adore them. Its definatly a wonderful thing to be part of, and I wish I started volunteering sooner.

I knew that I was going to find it difficult, bonding with these cats, and then letting them go. I must admit it is pulling the heart strings quite alot and theres been a few tears. I found my first foster cat Poppy, the hardest to let go off. I was warned the first cat is the hardest. It still makes me quite emotional thinking about Poppy, and when I see black cats, I look out for the 'Poppy look a likes'.

Understandably it is at first a very wierd feeling, to have an animal in your home for a few weeks, and know that its not your pet and it wont be staying. To then see someone else walk away with them. It is hard, but because Cats Protection do home checks, it helps knowing there going to be loved, and that person will adore that cat as much as I adore mine.
I have to keep reminding myself now and then.. that I can not keep them all.. and beleive me if I could, I would.

Fostering has been very enjoyable, emotional, and the biggest eye opener to how many neglected and abanoned cats there are that need people to help them. Ive met some amazing people, who do such incredible work for these cats, and they do it because they want to help.

Its very inspiring.

Mary is now Molly!!

Mary was homed at the Cats Protection Homing day 2011!!

She was such a well behaved cat, and sat in her dog crate, and was loving the attention. Like normal she was rolling on her back, purring, and just taking it all in.

Mary at Cats Protection Homing Day 2011
Mary was homed very quickly after the doors opened, by a great family who had recently lost there family cat. They were looking for a affectionate cat.. Mary is definatly that!

Mary has been renamed Molly, which I love, and think it suits her very well.
I wish all the best to Molly and her new family, Im sure Molly will bring them lots of happy days.

My newest foster cat, Mary

4 days before Christmas, Mary came to me.

Mary was being fed as a stray, and due to all the horrible weather the lady feeding her decided, its time she found a nice warm home.

On the first day of getting Mary, she was very friendly, SUPER friendly infact. She kept walking over to my leg, and pushing herself on it, looking at me as if to say 'Helloo.. wheres my love?'

Mary had obviously been very loved at some point, and was carrying alot more weight then she should have.. perhaps a little over fed.

After she had settled in to the home, she would wander round the house, and evenutally settle on the sofa, or on the computer chair. She would sit in a room by the door looking onto the landing, and if someone walked past her she was straight away rolling on her back as if to say 'I want some fuss!!' All I had to do was to look at her, and immedialty she would roll! She made us laugh alot, and it was really lovely to have her around for Christmas.

Mary has beautiful eyes!

Mary loves lying on the floor and posing for the camera

Oscars happy ending..

Oscar is one of those characters that I will always remember, hes such an attention seeker, loves his cuddles and just loves being around people.
Oscar was limping alot when he came to us, but with some pain killers and time to heal, he has stopped limping and was rehomed to a lady who just fell for his charm and good looks! He went to his new home just in time for christmas.

This is Oscar in his new home at Christmas.