Fostering. It truly saves lives, from providing intimate specialized care that organizations with overstretched resources aren't able to offer to simply giving those organizations the space to take in another animal. However, it is often thankless work. Your free time is sometimes less about cuddling and more about cleaning, your nights are tortured with wondering how tomorrow can be better, and for many, you don't get to learn more about the happily ever after - the life that happens when your foster baby gets adopted.
People fostered animals long before there was social media, before we learned more about alternatives to euthanasia, and before there were so many resources so readily available. But we're on the cusp of something so magical. We are learning more, are getting better, and are making large impacts on communities one life at a time and we are doing this together.
Fostering is both love and loss. The love you provide by opening up your heart to a being in need and the loss of having to eventually say goodbye, sometimes too soon. Sometimes despite your best efforts, you will lose some. Please remember to not be harsh to yourself if this happens and to be kind to your community when this happens to others. Even the best of us have a story that haunts us. But we still get up and do it again, for there is always another cat who needs it and maybe another story that can have a different ending.
Last year, @myfosterkittens said during her presentation, "My heart may break a little so theirs will never have to break again." Her heart is broken now and we want to send all the love to her and foster homes like her who have lost a cat or kitten in their care, only to get back up to save the next one. This kitten pictured is one of her success stories and it's for stories like these that so many amazing human beings put themselves through heartbreak again and again.
We want to take this moment to thank our community for your hard work.
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