"The house was beyond disgusting, with feces, flies, and garbage everywhere. There were fragile little cats in every nook and cranny of the house. I literally pulled four cats out of the silverware drawer." - Matt Schaecher, Director of HSHV's Animal Cruelty and Rescue Department
The Huron Society of Huron Valley serving the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan area has taken in the 88 but do not have room for all the cats, especially since these are mostly feral, malnourished cats that do not mix well with the other shelter cats. To make room, HSHV has sent out a plea for cat fosterer homes.
My foster training is Saturday 10/12/13 at the HSHV and I will begin fostering the week after.
UPDATE: Foster training went great! House check will be happening this week, then cat assignment!
The fostererI am a 20 year old college student who barely has enough money to cover her own expenses wants to help. My apartment building that will allow one cat maximum at a large, unwaivable fee. This has not discouraged me.
When I lived at home we always had rescue cats. At age 4 I picked up a little stray kitten abandoned on a stump. At age 7 I spoon-fed a malnourished rescue kitten. At age 9 we adopted two barn kittens. In my teens I took care of all three house cats from cleaning up hairballs to administering medication.
Rescuing cats and introducing them to a happy life is something I have experience with and am passionate about, it's just not something I can afford. If you have the means, but not the time or ability, please help a cat through me.
With your help, we can make a difference for a cat in this community. It may seem small compared to other campaigns on this great site, but to the HSHV shelter and to the cat I will foster it will make a huge difference.
$240 - The fee my apartment building charges
$30 - Required goods: litter box, scoop, food and water bowls
$135 - 9 months of cat food at $15 per month* **
$90 - 9 months of cat litter at $10 per month
$0 - Vetrinary care is provided by the shelter
$5 - A catnip toy for the neglected kitty
$500 for 9 months of fostering
Any money raised over the $500 will be donated directly to the Humane Society of Huron Valley for the care of cats I can't foster. I wish I could take them all but then I'd just be cat hoarder 2.0!
*The cats are malnourished and many require wet cat food at $0.50/day to return to a healthy weight.
** My lease is up in 9 months - I will continue fostering after that time if there is a need
When I am given a foster cat, I will post a Facebook page here so that those who donate can see where their funds have gone and follow the kitty's progress towards its adoption to a forever home.
A picture of the cat will be posted every day he or she lives with me!
This is not the actual Facebook page - it will be created when the cat arrives.
When the first cat is adopted, I will foster another cat and continue the dialogue with those who have helped me make a difference in my community and give a neglected cat the second chance it deserves.
If there is more than $500 in donations, the surplus will be donated directly to the HSHV - I will post the impact of this contribution on the page as well.
Other ways you can help
Contact your local shelter and get fostering if you have the means and time! If it's too much of a commitment to foster, shelters are always in need of pet food, litter, and cat comforters.
Or you can click the Contribute Now button!