Lost, Found and Looking

Fostering can be a rewarding experience

Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County
Aug 10, 2019
Courtesy of: Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County Olaf is a kitten with energy and love to spare.

From the desk of Events Coordinator Kasey Bielecki:

Over the past few weeks, I was fortunate enough to foster two feral kittens. This was my first time fostering, and I was a little nervous. What if I became too attached?

I have to tell you, two little orange boys went from being feral, skittish, scared guys to complete love bugs in one week. I would sit by their pen and read aloud to them from my favorite book and even sometimes my Facebook feed. Then one day about a week in, the kittens slowly walked out of their pen and snuggled right next to my leg and leaned in for some good head scratches. It was, simply put, amazing. From that moment they made massive progress and quickly turned into the biggest snuggle bugs ever!

Then the day came. They had to go back to the shelter to meet prospective adopters. I’m not going to lie. It was rough. I had bonded with these boys and only wanted what was best for them. That afternoon, one of our former adopters walked into the shelter. I hadn’t realized she was one of the candidates and was immediately thrilled. I knew the two boys I had been working with would be going to an excellent home because, yes, she took both kittens! It was as if the cycle was complete. Yes, there was a little heartache as the boys left the shelter, but the joy those kittens brought into my life, and getting to see them come out of their shells was worth it. I will definitely foster again.

The staff at Pope Memorial Humane Society is dedicated to the care and well-being of every single animal in our care. The first night, when I had a moment of panic, thinking one kitten might be sick, was quickly put to rest by one of my amazing peers. If you are even remotely interested in fostering, please come visit the shelter. We would love to talk to you about the process and the different opportunities available. We need foster homes year-round for our animals, and since kitten season is still going strong, we need them more than ever!

We are less than one week away from our signature 30th Anniversary event, Bark + Brew in the Barn. There are still a few tickets available, please call the shelter at 594-2200 with questions.

In the meantime, if you are thinking about adding a new ball of fluff and energy to your household, come meet Olaf. He was one of 17 kittens that came into the shelter at once to unofficially kick off kitten season. He weighed 1.05 pounds and needed months of care, gaining weight and eventually becoming healthy enough to enter the adoption floor. He is a curious guy that loves cameras and will gladly pose for photos. He enjoys the company of other cats and simply wants a home with lots of love and sunny windows.

Wish list: hand sanitizer refills, Temptations cat treats, 13- and 33-gallon trash bags, canned chicken and turkey pate-style cat food, and gift certificates to Walmart, Staples and other local businesses.

Pebbles the hamster is one of the many animals at the shelter awaiting a home of their own. (Courtesy of: Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County)
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