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12/7/08 2:29 P

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A lttle about me

4 years ago we found 4 ferret kittens. Let me tell you I had to wear cloves when I was near them at first.

What we went through was something else and we never regretted doing what we did. By the time they could handled by people they were sent to out to a pound and were all adopted.

Question should we wait and the rest of the family time to heal? They too have gone through so much and we can see it in their eyes?

As for black cats, one of them was back and we have have always loved back ones. We to think they are special.



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12/7/08 10:20 A

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Wow, I think it takes a special kind of person to be a foster parent. I'd be emotionally attached from the very second the foster kitty set foot in my house and I'd refuse to give him/her back.
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12/6/08 5:05 P

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LeeAnthony - Wow at the number of kitties you have. I would be overwhelmed. I find the adjustment of dealing with 4 cats, instead of 2, to be difficult enough. The kittens love to dash between my feet wherever I may be going and of course, being almost completely one colour, they aren't always the easiest to see. LOL I imagine with that many kitties it can be quite the obstacle course at times. Thank you for the compliment about the pics. I think they are a great looking bunch too but I am somewhat biased.

You are truly an inspiration, as are most members of this group, I am learning. It's great to meet so many other people who are passionate about cats. I am relatively new to the joy of cats as my partners have always been dog lovers but I convinced DH to buy our first cat for my birthday 2 years ago and then another a year later. Now he is as much a cat lover as I am. He says the dog we have is our last.

As for the white cats, they are gorgeous too and pretty rare in the UK. I only ever saw one fully white cat in my life over there. She was a really gorgeous long haired princess and she knew it. She was my neighbours cat but would often come and wander into our apartment and visit us.

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12/6/08 4:47 P

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CHARLENEMARTEL....enjoyed the kitty pictures, such a good looking group! Thanks for sharing them.

I have 10 inside kitty's and 14 outside. Also foster cats for our Humane Society. We don't have a facility and foster out of our homes. Most times cats don't get adopted out so if they don't then they end up staying here with me. Fostering two young females right now and you do get attached to them. Is hard to let them go when adopted out but I do get over it. Really wish they all could find their own homes but that isn't always the case.

I never see black cats as anything but good luck. Poor guys, they have that stigma put on them. Some people don't like white cats either who are superstitious.

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12/6/08 4:18 P

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I think that is a great idea. I have been a foster mommy to many kittens. One of my kittens I have now is actually one of my fosters that I kept. It is very rewarding to know that you helped save a little life. It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. And fosters are always needed. Let me know how you like it if you decide to do it.

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How wonderful of you to foster 2 kittens. Superstitions are so ridiculous.



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12/6/08 3:56 P

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Fostering is great if you can do it. I love black cats and wanted one but my mom picked out Smokey at the shelter and the rest is history!






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Fostering is a wonderful thing to do. Yes, you may very well end up adopting whomever you foster -- but what is wrong with that? And if you don't, then there is always another cat in need.

I had at one time thought of fostering, but for me, I'm at my limit with 2 cats & 2 dogs. And one of my cats is very skittish; it's taken him a long time to adjust to the dogs.

I do, however, volunteer at a small cat rescue. I've been socializing cats there for about 7 years -- and never adopted anyone! Altho I have come close a time or two.

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12/6/08 1:35 P

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Awww..... They are just precious, Thanks for sharing.

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12/6/08 1:24 P

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It's really tough to get decent pics of my cats as they love to move around (and the kittens race at the speed of light..lol)

here are the ones I took in november though. (The ones that weren't just blurs.)

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12/6/08 1:00 P

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Aww, I love black cats. My best friend has two--Binks and Spell. They are indoor/outdoor but when the month of October rolls around, she tries her best to keep them strictly inside as she's scared something will happen to them because they're black and it's Halloween and sometimes people can just be so cruel and wicked to animals.

As for fostering, I don't think I could be a foster mom. I'd end up adopting all my fosterlings!! I get attached really easily.

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The black cat superstition is the reason I wouldn't take Midnight or Noche to a shelter. It's stupid and ridiculous that people think differently of any living thing because of the color of it's hair (or fur!). That would be like saying anyone with black hair is evil...just stupid!

Fostering is a great idea. I would end up being the shelter because I get attached to easily!



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People can be so ignorant. I always had black cats when I was growing up. Among our feral cats there is a pure black boy named Samuel L Jackson. I call him SammyL and he is so sweet. He would rather come get pets than eat.
I love our 5 babies and all come to me except the little female and the mother, #6. We got them neutered and shots, but now someone has dropped off three kittens, about 2 months old. They are wild as can be.
I don't know what I will do. It is going to be hard to catch them and the neighbors are not going to like so many cats around if they stay.
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Awww.... Congrats on the new addition to your family, and I am so happy you took both!

Yes, I think I would get to attached to them myself, It would be hard to foster and love them and then have to give them up.

I have a black cat, Named Dagwood, I love him dearly!

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12/6/08 9:30 A

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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.
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Fostering sounds like a wonderful idea. Afterall, fur babies need a warm place to sleep too, right. To be willing to open your heart like that is amazing to me.

Let me know how it works out.

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Sounds like a good idea. fostering. There are so many pets that need a home until they can find a perament home. I have just found a kitten and now I have 8 cats and 1 dog. All have been strays, people seem to drop them off often. Ginny

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This has been a rough year on us. We lost 2 of our members in a short time. Both were due to old age.

We are now down to 1 fish tank 2 cats and 1 dog.
Funny but at one time we 5 cats!

We love animals and instead of bringing a new cat for us I was thinking that maybe we might foster a cat that needs a home until they find a one for them.

My other suggestion was to sponsor a cat?

What is your opinion?

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