Have any of you ever fostered critters?? I recently (officially) started to be a foster momma, specifically for the most vulnerable little baby kitties. (I've unofficially raised various bottle-fed kittens, puppies, bunnies, squirrels, birds, etc.) I'm finding this to be a challenging experience. My town, specifically, has a very shitty attitude towards cats. When I first moved back here 4 years ago, the local shelter murder rate was 3500+ per year, just for cats. That's one cat death for every 20 citizens.....every. single. year. That's heartbreaking and disgusting. They have been working hard to become a "no-kill", with various programs like TNR and Spay/Neuter coupons. But this is a systemic issue. Conservative, religious, narrow minded thinking. Every "liberal" place I've ever lived has a completely different attitude towards animals. I'll never understand the discrepancy. I'm struggling with deciding if I'm strong enough to continue down this foster path, getting more and more involved with the system.....or if I should just protect my heart and sanity....and shield myself from the trauma. It's maddening. But anyways....Here's some pictures of the little fuzzy beings I thankfully got to experience. So cute, I can't even.... <3
It's ok to take a break and be a keeper....Keith Olbermann is Twitter busy saving dogs @ kill facilities....there are a million veterans dying alone in wheelchairs without a Service Animal....demand Veterans Hospitals add 2 words to VA DIRECTIVE 1188: " a service animal is a dog OR CAT that works performs tasks wears a harness under the control of the handler." @CatVetCommunity my twitters @AtheistVet
I imagine there's the folks who say "Oh they have to have at least one litter to be a good cat" (for females).
Then there's the ones who say "Well the males don't need to be neutered!" (because somehow they need a 'butch cat' despite that they're more prone to fights and getting that female cat pregnant again).
I can remember that mindset from my youth. And people disposing of unwanted kittens in ways I find barbaric to this day.
There will always be people like that. I don't know why.
I educate where I can online.
And explain how many litters one cat can produce.
And how much longer they live when neutered.
Do what you can.
And good for you helping out - but don't do your mental health in.
That kitten is gorgeous - you do good work!