Posted on October 12, 2018 by Amanda Coats
What is it like to foster? I could try to explain it in ten words or less, but I fear 100 wouldn’t even do. People adopt pets because their life is that much better when they do.
We can’t live without animals in our lives on some level. Our pets throw us into an emotional roller coaster that makes us better humans for the wear. Fostering is a lot like that, a little condensed. We take in “no one’s pets” and make them our own, even if only for a little while. After all, they are someone’s pets……. They all are, or they stay with me.
From the day they come into my home (day one we call it,) until they pass, they will always have a place here, for any reason. That’s the promise you make when you decide to help them. Give them food, shelter, heal their heart, and mend what’s broken, these are the ties that bind us together.
When I get a call that there is a sick cat outside, I never worry about how sick or hurt they are, or who did what to them. I never care about how they got this way. The only thing I pray for is time. I pray that I have enough time to heal what’s broken. They are resilient and they can forgive us only if we show them the way.
When they are better, and they learn to be house cats and kittens again. I need to send them on their way. It is never a question of “if I can adopt them out,” I simply must. When I adopt out one, I save two lives. That one, and the room I make for another. I call it their accidental second chance at life. It is accidental because they never should have ever needed it, yet here we are.
I always get asked the same question over and over……. “How could you do all this? I could never let them go.” I always answer the same way…. If it’s not me, not you, then who will? A rescue circle’s beginning and end are never founded, so are all rescues just this well rounded.
Photos by Amanda.
Note from Elisa: This article is part of the Readers Forum series. If you have a story you’d like to tell about fostering cats or your work in cat rescue, please PM me on Facebook or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a few photos. You’ll be given credit as the writer.