Your Pet's Rescue Story
We wanted to teach our children about unconditional love and responsibility with something tangible they could relate to on their level. Our family of 5 participated and completed all the requirements to become an official Foster Family for cats and kittens at the Orange County Animal shelter. We fostered over 45 moms and kittens with some great stories and lots of our babies placed in "forever homes". We were warned at the beginning of this journey to be careful of becoming a "foster failure". This is where you fall in love too deep, and adopt the cat yourself. It was "kitten season" and I got carried away when asked if I could take multiple litters. We had 3 litters and 13 kittens to foster at one time. I had never done that before. At the last minute before driving away with my treasures, the shelter asked, "We have one more, no mom, no siblings, can you take him?" What was one more? They threw a skinny, scrawny little kitten in the box with the rest of them. We fostered about 8 weeks. He was the very last one to be thrown in the box, but the very first one to steal our hearts. He was always the first one to wake up in the morning to greet us. He was the first one at our feet. He was the first one to jump in our laps and make himself comfortable. He was a people kind of cat. He had no time for the other kittens and only wanted to be with us. That was when we became "Foster Failures" He went from hanging out on the streets, to living by the lake with plenty of places to run, jump, hunt, and play. He has even taken a ride in the kayak once or twice. He brings us joy every day. And even still, when he hears us now, he meows and comes running whether we are in the front of the house, sitting by the pool, or watching TV on the couch. We realize we have an extraordinary cat with a plain ordinary name. We tried, but we could never change the name that distinguished him from the 13 others that came with him in that cardboard box! To this day, He still loves to sit in cardboard boxes!