After nearly a year, Fred and Barney have a real forever home!
Fred and Barney are spokescats for successful rescue and fostering. They were picked up by animal control and were about to be euthanized for their “feral behavior”—they were hostile and could not be handled, so unless someone would take them to socialize them, they were simply unadoptable and the shelter had to spend its limited resources on cats who were immediately adoptable.
But really they were just frightened kittens. Someone did step forward for Fred and Barney, several someones in fact, from the person who ran to the shelter to pick them up before they were euthanized to the foster homes where they were socialized and allowed just to be kittens. Two frightened kittens who would have been forgotten long ago are now happy playful companions, ready to fill someone’s life with joy for the next decade-plus.
Here’s how they say it:
We loved being fostered so much, we want other kitties to have a chance at being fostered too! Really, while we lived with our foster humans we learned all about playing with toys and with each other—even with a dog—and with humans! And all about good food and a warm and happy place to sleep and what a happy kitty’s life is supposed to be.
Mostly, we learned about how wonderful humans are, how good it feels when they pet us, how much fun they are to manipulate into getting treats and having them toss toys for us to chase. It’s hard to believe a few months ago we thought humans were the enemy, so evil we tried to bite and scratch any human who came near us!
Now we know that was just because…we just didn’t know. And now we do. Thanks to everyone who helped find us a home!
Now who else is looking for a home? Browse a few more rescued cats and kittens who have stories to match Fred and Barney!
All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster homes.
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
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