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My Journey Into Rescue — For the Love of Cats


I at all times had cats (and a canine!) rising up. I made additional money because the neighborhood cat sitter. I “rescued” the litter of kittens that had been born in my neighbor’s shed once I was 10. My highschool job was cleansing kennels and strolling canines at a close-by veterinary clinic. All this to say, animal rescue has at all times been behind my thoughts. I grew up, adopted 2 kittens of my very own from an area rescue in Michigan and ultimately moved with my household to Washington, DC. 5 years in the past I misplaced a type of two kittens to most cancers. 4 years in the past I adopted a pet by means of Fortunate Canine, which was my first expertise with this group. Final 12 months, I misplaced my second cat, this time to renal illness.

I noticed in a short time that I couldn’t stay and not using a cat and reached out to Fortunate Canine once more. I adopted my present resident cat OTA (Off Transport Adoption). This ended up being fairly the expertise as he got here off the transport truck fairly ailing. The volunteers on the Cat Staff at Fortunate Canine had been phenomenal. They offered wonderful help and helped me navigate caring for a kitten affected by all the everyday illnesses of a shelter animal.

As soon as issues settled down, I noticed I needed to make use of what I had discovered and assist different cats transition from the shelter to their perpetually residence! In June of 2021 I bought my first 2 foster kittens. Over the previous 7 months, I’ve fostered over 40 cats and kittens. Doing this work has been very rewarding. Clearly, serving to to save lots of the lives of cats who would in any other case be euthanized is wonderful, however so is assembly individuals who will love these cats after they depart my residence.

Working with the wonderful Fortunate Canine Cat Staff and different cat fosters has been a vivid spot because the pandemic continues to affect our day by day lives. I lately stepped up my involvement and have been working to develop Fortunate Canine’s cat foster base by offering fosters with the group help and assets they should look after the numerous cats who come off transports each week. Thanks to everybody within the Fortunate Canine volunteer group! You are the very best!

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