The Guelph Humane Society has approximately 100 active foster families and is grateful for every single one. Without the generosity of our foster parents, we would not be able to help as many animals as we do.
One of our many amazing foster parents is Cherise and her family. Cherise began fostering cats and kittens in 2017 and has never turned down a challenge. In addition to offering their home to kittens in need, including very young kittens requiring extra care, they have fostered very difficult young cats.
Fostering kittens can be a blast, but it takes a special kind of person to be eager to help the difficult cats who resist affection and refuse to accept that we are their friends. In the fall, Cherise took home two 4-month-old kitten siblings who were terrified and never wanted to be touched. They would run, hide, hiss and avoid people at all costs. It was an uphill battle, but with a family full of big hearts and immense dedication, these two became affectionate bundles of purring joy who got adopted into very patient, understanding families where they will continue to thrive and blossom.
Foster parents like Cherise are the reason that we can adopt cats like these into homes with loving families and save the Working Cat Adoption Program for the truly feral cats who prefer a safe, warm barn environment. Turning these cats and kittens around takes months and constant determination.
Cherise and her family have had a foster animal in their home since they started, with hardly any breaks! When we needed them the most, with hundreds of animals in our care and only 17 cages in our cat intake room, they were always willing to help.
Helping the animals in society requires a community-effort. Through fostering, our community dives right in and gets directly involved in helping the animals in need. Being a foster parent can sometimes involve nights of little sleep and days of demanding animals looking for walks, play or food! But, the reward of offering a helpless animal a warm, loving home where they can thrive and develop into wonderful pets is worth all the troubles!