I’ve gotten lots of questions and comments about being a foster on my Instagram and Facebook posts so I thought I would share a little bit about it with you all.
May, June, and, July are kitten season in Charleston when feral cats have tons of kittens, which then in turn get brought into the Charleston Animal Society. The Animal Society’s goal is to adopt all these kittens out; however, they cannot do this until each and every kitten is spayed and neutered. Kittens are not spayed/neutered until they are 8 weeks old and at least 2 pounds. With all these itty, bitty kittens coming in that are not big enough to be fixed and put up for adoption yet the Animal Society relies on fosters so their facility doesn’t get over crowed holding onto hundreds of little kittens who aren’t yet ready to go to new homes.
I personally picked up 3 little boys who are between 5-6 weeks old. Cooper and Sullivan (Sully) who are twins from the same litter and Indy (the little black cat) who came in alone and was placed with the others so he would have buddies to socialize with.
My job is actually pretty simple:
– feed them twice a day
– keep their water full
– change their litter box
– socialize them
The socialization of course is the best (and most adorable) part.
So, what is next for the boys? After I have had them for two weeks we go back to the Animal Society to have them checked out. If they are ready (age and weight wise) they will be neutered and then put up for adoption. If they are not I will keep them for one more week until they are.
I often get asked – How can you give them up? – or – Don’t you want to keep them all?
As their foster I am given the first option to adopt them; however, I went into this thinking of it as a babysitting gig where they would eventually go back, because I cannot have three more cats in my house. Going into it with the mindset that I am just helping out until they are ready for their forever homes has made it easier to give them up.
However, I must admit is is fun to have three itty bitty kitties running, playing, and wrestling all over my living room as I sit typing this. If you are interested I would highly suggest fostering as it has been a fun experience.
Have you ever fostered or adopted an animal before?