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Cindi

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It seems a lot of people here are getting into fostering or have been involved for a while. I think we should have our own thread so we can brag about how wonderful our foster babies are. :P We can share stories and tips. I guess I will start.

Today I received a call that there are 2 kittens that need a foster home to recover in or they would be put to sleep today. :cry: I don't have all the info yet but each of them has to have a leg removed. They are just babies! I of course said yes and the rescue just called to vet and told him not to put them to sleep. Whew! I will update when I get more info. Here are a couple of pics of KJ and Noel. Keep them in your thoughts. They each have a tough surgery ahead.
 

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buzzytoes

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I wonder if maybe I could talk my DH into fostering a cat as opposed to a dog to start with. We have three cats and two dogs but cats take up less room right? :biggrin:

Hope those kitties have a quick recovery!
 

poopsie

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Oh those poor precious little fluffs :cry:

Why do they need surgery?

It sickens and enrages me to no end how many wonderful animals are killed because there is no home for them and yet breeders keep churning out 'designer' kittens and puppies. :rant:

Bless you for helping them!
 

lvn19644

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Cindi they are gorgeous :-0). They are in my thoughts for a fast recovery.

I think it is a good idea that you started a thread on fostering.

Dawn
 

bnjj

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Oh, how sweet! That little face peering out of the box. Awww.

I have thought many times about fostering but I don't have a room where I could keep them separate from my cats.
 

clevercat

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Oh, how sweet! That little face peering out of the box. Awww.

I have thought many times about fostering but I don't have a room where I could keep them separate from my cats.
This is how fostering began for me - I don't have a spare room so a very, very desperate kitten and his surrogate Mum came to live in my bathroom for a few weeks before heading off to an exciting new life in the countryside. I had almost six weeks of tippy-toeing around the bathroom and watching the kitten turn from a tiny scrap at death's door into a thriving bundle of purrs. So worth it.....:smile:
 

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I stole this off Ravelry, so it is not new, but I think it belongs here too.

It is said that when animals die they don’t go to heaven, they go to the Rainbow Bridge where they wait for their owners. The area around the Rainbow Bridge is sunny, warm but not too warm, flowers, grass and all the animals have been restored to a youthful healthy state.

On one particular day it was unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge , this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.

But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn’t long before an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again! As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.

But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge .

With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly. They weren’t playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn’t understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.
“You see, that poor animal was abandoned by his owners. He was turned into a shelter just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of the shelter and passed on. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge. ”

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what will happen now?”

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted.

Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

“Watch, and see” said the second animal.

A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge.

They all crossed The Bridge together.

“What happened?”

“That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn’t place on earth, across The Rainbow Bridge. ”

“I think I like rescuers,” said the first animal.

“So does GOD,” was the reply.
 
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Cindi

My baby, Bellis
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I have an adopter interested in Baby Ruth. She is such a sweet, lovable girl. I am SO going to miss her when she goes to her forever home. But I will be happy if her Christmas gift is a forever family. My little clown.
 

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Me too.... sitting here with tears pouring down my face. Cats, that was beautiful.

That and that stupid ASPCA commercial "In The Arms of the Angels" was just on.:crybaby:DBF asked me once why I always changed the channel when it came on so the next time it showed I made him watch it while I left the room (of course I still :cry: just thinking about it. He didn't make it through the entire commercial either. I have always thought it was so unfair that those poor 'unwanted' animals were alone on the other side too. I plan on taking a s#!tload of 'em with me when I cross. :cloud9:
 

Cindi

My baby, Bellis
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Well, I knew it. They looked at 5 cats and choose Baby Ruth. So my foster girl did get her forever home as her Christmas gift. And since this is their second adoption from us they were allowed to take her home today. I am so happy for her although I did cry all the way home. Such a sap. LOL