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Fostering Kittens Is Equal Parts Heroic and Heartbreaking

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats, kittens, fostering )

- 1675 days ago -
I have been fostering kittens for nearly 10 years, but the past few weeks have cut me to the bone.

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Sara P (57)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 8:16 am
What a strong lesson of love Cher!!!!!! Because really we are speaking about true love and compassion, Sarah Donner is an incredible woman, she has a web-site that I visited :)))

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 8:51 am
I didn't get half way through this touching, bitter bittersweet story before I was too blurry to see straight.
May G*d forever love and comfort these wonderful souls.
I can't imagine what I would do without my foster families, always ready to take on yet another challenge and possible heartbreak.

Thursday September 19, 2013, 1:14 pm
heartbreaking and inspirational all at once....sigh
People just have to be more responsible and s/n their pets to keep the population from outgrowing the number of homes available.
So sad....

Beth Tatum (95)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 1:22 pm
I am in awe of people who are able to foster cats, dogs, children, anything. I've never tried it myself, but am pretty sure I would suck at it, I would hate letting them go! God has a special place for these wonderful, compassionate people.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 2:32 pm
I admire those that can foster. I would be a foster failure.

. (0)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 2:43 pm
Without our 20 plus foster people. we would be at a total loss. Me, I did it once, and wound up keeping the kitten. I am a foster failure.

Latonya W (82)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 2:57 pm
My gosh Im so speechless I have so much for respect for foster moms and dads Its a beautiful thing and I could never do it Im too much of a punk and cry baby and I start doubting myself so u guys are heroes Heroes fall and get back up and in this case u have lost so many babies and yet still have the strength to save so many babies ...Bless u and ur husband...He is a real REAl man....they dont make them like that anymore......

Ruth C (87)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 5:20 pm
If I would foster I would end up keeping all of the fosters.

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:56 pm
To all of you foster failures: You would not be the only failures, I guarantee you.
I can't imagine being in such a position. I would fall in love with every kitten and not want to give them back.
Frankly, I have great admiration for people who can accomplish such kind and generous work.

Quinton Smith (40)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 10:19 pm
I am not a foster we have a sanctuary called Paw Town Cats an some how dumped mama cats with kittens or in the oven find there way here an have a safe an loving furever home come check us out on facebook URL you will like what we are doing to save the forgotten street cats an kitten and if you can will you donate Paw Town Cats Sanctuary is a 501 (c)3 non-profit with your support we can help more cats an kittens thank you. =^..^=

Quinton Smith
Paw Town Cat Sanctuary

Suzan F (137)
Friday September 20, 2013, 2:01 am
I have acted as midwife/caregiver/nurse to so many kittens over the years. I've also had my heart broken in 2 more times than I care to think about. After each death I experience, I always vow that "this will be the last time I help." And when the next time comes around, I'm always there. I guess I always will be. You can't win 'em all, but the victories make it all worth it.

Susan Duncan (25)
Friday September 20, 2013, 3:15 am
My husband and I are devoted cat lovers but fostering is one arena we just can't enter. We have seen friends foster both cats and dogs, put endless love into their care, give them back to be placed in a forever home that turned out to be a house of horrors. It would be heartbreaking beyond measure to foster, fall in love then hear that the guardians allowed to adopt the babies said all the right things but perhaps included a sick subhuman who uses animals for heinous purposes.

Even a "proper" family is no guarantee of a happy ending since circumstances may change and the kitten or puppy can become a burden to be ignored, thrown out, even tortured or used as a pawn in domestic disputes. Sometimes children in a home are not as responsible as hoped, or friends, often relatives, turn out to be monsters who torment the family animal member during visits. There are so many hazards when it comes to finding responsible, safe, loving homes even when a modest fee is charged. Bless those who do it right.

We have always preferred to adopt special needs cats no one else wants, including the sad, displaced elderly, handicapped and chronically ill, so that we never have to part with them and can make sure that whatever time they have left is spent in a quiet, safe, loving environment. I so commend those who provide the priceless, valuable service of fostering animals, they are saints who possess an inner strength that I lack.

Sandi C (99)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:13 am
made me cry.

Jeannette A (137)
Friday September 20, 2013, 11:50 am
Broke my heart... makes me think in detail of each and every little one we have lost but then I remember the successes and the little friends that make it against all odds and become happy little fur people. The universe has a special place for people like you where all the heartache is replaced with the knowledge that, without you, the world would be a darker place with more suffering and grief. Thank you..................

pam w (139)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:29 pm
Love ALWAYS involves the risk of pain....that's the way it is! Whether you're a zoo keeper, a foster parent, an animal rescue opening up your heart to the pain of love and gain immeasurably....and so does the world!

Debbie Crowe (87)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 4:29 pm
I know I would not make a good foster person. I would want to keep and protect every baby I was fostering! Then I would be considered a hoarder. No, not a good idea.
I respect anyone who can foster and yes, they are HEROS!!
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