Like you, I was interested in giving needy pets a new home. I already have 2 cats and a dog (aged 2 yrs, 18 mths, and 2 yrs) but I had been watching my local animal shelter site and had seen a darling kitten on there who was 5 mths old and had been in the shelter for Three months. I was so dismayed that a young kitten could have that start to life and I wanted to fix it. I went to the shelter and found out the kitten was there with her sibling and they had been together since birth. I obviously didn't want to split them up and so my husband and I agreed we wanted to foster both.
I was so excited to be fostering but also slightly hesitant because I know me, my husband knows me, everyone who knows me knows how quickly I form emotional bonds with animals and sure enough, within a day i was firmly attached to the kittens, within 3 days my husband and I had discussed adoption and within 2 weeks the adoption became final.
I am still listed as a foster parent with the shelter so that I can help other kittens when they need a break from the shelter (it can get very stressful when they are there for long periods), or if they need time to recover from a surgery etc.
I have to admit, I can see why shelters lose so many foster homes (its hard not to become attached). If you feel you are able to let them go it could be a good thing. Maybe try fostering and see? The worst that can happen (not that I consider my recent blessing a bad thing) is you find new permanent additions to your family. If you feel it could be too hard on you and you aren't looking for new additions, by all means, sponsoring animals is a great alternative. You still improve the animal's quality of life and secure his/her future without the emotional investment so much. It's all down to personal choice.
I am still considering contacting my shelter to see if they have another 2 cats that they feel would benefit from a christmas holiday from the shelter.
One thing I have noticed here, in my own shelter, is the black cat problem. my own two new darlings are black kittens and the shelter seems to have problems rehousing most black cats. I researched as I couldn't understand why. Over in the UK (where I am originally from) it's very lucky for a black cat to cross your path, and even luckier to share your life with one. I found out through research that here in north america, the belief is opposite. I find it disturbing that superstition is causing problems for so many beautiful furbabies who could otherwise find new and happy homes.
Anyways, just my 2 cents.
hugs and love
Edited by: CHARLENEMARTEL at: 12/6/2008 (09:32)
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