On fostering, acknowledging our weaknesses, and a reminder to myself about why I keep doing it
This post is not about data protection. It does, however, have lots of adorable kitten pictures in it, and a bonus video.
In my off-hours, I volunteer as a fosterer with a wonderful animal rescue group, the Liffey Cat Club, here in Dublin. They’re a great group of tireless volunteers who take in and foster cats and kittens in need of forever homes. I’ve been with them since they were founded in 2021, and have fostered something like 12 litters with them (and another 15 or 20 so with other charities since 2013). I also have six cats of my own, which means that I am basically the Crazy Cat Lady from the Simpsons:
Since I’ve been fostering for a decade, I’ve gotten reasonably good at it, and that means I tend to get the harder cases. Feral, very spicy mommas. Kittens with ringworm (so much ringworm!), Kittens that can’t poop or poop too much. Kittens with health issues. Borderline, semi-feral or antisocial cases that need lots of socialization. Oh,…