As a foster mom, I sometimes do home checks of potential adopters, and find that despite the perils of the great outdoors, people still allow their cats to roam.
I was born with my three siblings, around February 2010, on a vacant bushy plot in an industrial area, right next to where daddy works. Our kitty momma did try her best to take care of us, but it was tough. With no shelter and having to scavenge for food, we just became one of the rescue statistics, of unsterilised, lost or abandoned kitties out there.
Capetonians Against Animal Abuse (CAAA), does not have a physical shelter and is totally reliant upon foster parents, to nurture and care for rescues. They can only save, what they have foster homes for.
I share this information on fostering with you, because it is by far the most satisfying experience I have encountered. Once you get past the initial doubts, it becomes so easy to do. Foster care frees up space in a shelter or rescue, allowing them to save another cat. Some cats do not adjust well in the shelter environment due to health issues or being too small, and those ones need fostering.
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or organization". Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.
I am Marlene, mother to 5 fabulous felines, and foster mom to many, many, more. I think of myself as the craziest cat lady of all and have been called “obcattive”. I feel flattered, as it describes my love for, and interest in cats, and cat rescue, purrfectly. My partner in “crime” and always ready to be involved in my endeavours, cat crazy husband, also deserves a mention. He is affectionately called “The Hyltonator”, as there really is nothing he cannot do, except of course brain surgery, we will leave that to the professionals.