Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been classified as a “cat person,” so as you can imagine, I was really excited to learn about the Richmond SPCA's foster program when I started volunteering last year. I met with the foster care coordinator one on one where she went over all of the basic foster care information and answered my questions. I felt really confident that I had enough love to share not only with my cat at home but with any foster that came into my home as well.
Since I have started fostering, I have fostered several litters of kittens and have enjoyed absolutely every moment of it. I was convinced I would stick to fostering neonatal kittens too young to be spayed and neutered, until I met Morris. Morris, a 3-year-old orange cat, had been living in one of the catillions for over a year when I took him home to be fostered. For hours after we got home, he was too afraid to leave the crate I had carried him in. Later that evening when I went to check on him, I was surprised to not see him inside. My roommate and I searched all over the house for him before finding him huddled behind the microwave in the kitchen. Our relationship slowly improved over the next few weeks; he moved from behind the microwave to under the kitchen table and then finally to the bed we put in the living room for him.
I have now fostered Morris for several months, and he has become a wonderful addition to my home. He snuggles up with my other cat, and often I find them grooming each other. Every step along the way has been extremely rewarding; the most exciting was when he finally trusted me enough to eat out of my hand. Although he is still nervous when he meets new people, he has really warmed up to my roommate and me and has become a great addition to our home. Pretty often we find ourselves talking about how sad we will be when we are done fostering him, but at the same time, how excited we will be when Morris finally finds a loving forever home.
Being able to give many animals a temporary home while they are waiting for their forever homes has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. With kitten season approaching, the need for loving foster homes will be even greater. If you are interested in learning more about the foster care program, you may e-mail foster care coordinator Tameka Peters at email@example.com or give her a call at (804) 521-1313. There’s also an upcoming opportunity on Saturday, April 10 to Meet the Fosters and learn about the wonderful pets to whom our volunteers have provided foster care. We’ll also be hosting a kitten shower that day to collect donated items to care for hundreds of orphaned kittens this spring and summer.
Caroline Radom is a public relations intern at the Richmond SPCA and a mass communications student at VCU. To read the bios of our other bloggers, please click here.