1 Person, 286 Cats And Kittens!

rose & henry maxwelOn March 19, Rose Hendricks celebrated her 11 year anniversary of being a foster parent at the Animal Rescue League of Boston! Her first foster was “Zippy”, a big orange cat with a broken hip that needed cage rest 6 weeks. Since then Rose has fostered 286 cats and kittens! Thanks to amazing foster parents like Rose, the League to take in hundreds more animals than we would be able to otherwise.

After so many years of fostering, Rose still loves it! “There’s so much I love about fostering, first is the feeling that you are really helping the cats in need: they’ve been surrendered or were found as strays and put into a cage in a room surrounded by other cats, probably very frightened, and I can give them a warm, quiet loving home with lots of food, space and toys. They are able to thrive in this environment. I feel like I’m really making a difference in their lives” said Rose. “Every time I get a call to pick up a new cat or kitten it’s like Christmas – getting a wonderful surprise. I also enjoy observing their behavior - I sometimes feel like I’m a researcher observing animals in the wild, because I’ve been exposed to so many interesting feline personalities. And who wouldn’t love being able to play with kittens all the time? I feel so lucky!”

Thank you, Rose! We so appreciate the work of foster parents like YOU!

Becoming a foster parent for the Animal Rescue League of Boston is one of the most important ways you can help the animals in our care. Our shelters in Boston, Brewster and Dedham are always in need of great foster parents.

Lil’ Nugget: The Story of an ARLB Foster Kitten (Part II)

Lil' Nugget Week II

Lil’ Nugget. Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe

It’s been a good week for Lil’ Nugget. Last week he was a little under the weather. He was struggling with a respiratory infection and had to be in isolation on a strict medical regimen. Today he’s off his meds, out of isolation and his eyes are crystal clear. Now this shy little guy begins the process of socialization! 

His foster mom, Maria, sent us an update last night and said that “he has started to explore around the house. He climbed 2 stairs for the first time yesterday.” He’s as curious as any kitten. Now that Lil’ Nugget is healthy he needs to start working on his people skills. Maria will work on getting him to become less timid. She explains that he “still needs socializing, because he is very shy, but getting better every day.” Physical contact is one of the best ways to get him to come out of his shell. Maria will be spending the next few weeks holding and petting Lil’ Nugget, playing with him, introducing him to her own cat and helping him become more comfortable with people. Check back next Tuesday for an update on Lil’ Nugget and find out how he gets along with his foster sibling!

Missed last week’s post about Lil’ Nugget? Catch up on his story now!