My sister, who volunteers with a Golden Retriever rescue group, has a wonderful blog where she talks about the gardens they tend where the dogs live, and the Goldens themselves. She often talks about the “foster failures,” the dogs who go home with someone as a foster-dog, but end up being a permanent household member. All rescue groups have their share of “foster failures,” and that’s a very good thing.

Fortunately, at least for the fosters who have full homes, there are also foster successes, and we have a wonderful one to share! Derry Township Community Cats isn’t a rescue group – we do trap/neuter/return (TNR) and work with area rescues to place cats 99% of the time. But every once in a while, we end up placing one ourselves.

If you’ve followed me for a bit, you might remember the kitten we trapped a month or so ago, the one whose poor mouth and body was full of fly eggs, and all kinds of misery. We thought the poor little eight-week-old kitten had a fractured jaw, but after he got cleaned up and some antibiotics took hold, we think he probably chewed on an electrical chord and burned his mouth, which let all sorts of infection set in.

Well, he’s doing great, and he gets neutered this week. The vet will get the chance to take a good look at his mouth while he’s under. He did a number on his mouth and he may or may not need more care now, or when his adult teeth come in. Time will tell.

Check out the size of his ears, compared to his body right now…pretty cute!


Here he is, about four weeks older, and doing great. And the very best part is that we found an absolutely fantastic home for him, one that doesn’t mind if he’s going to need a little extra care down the road. His new pet parents are actually clients of mine, some of the best cat guardians on my client list. And the best part for me is that I get to pet sit the little guy next time they’re away from home. Foster success, and it doesn’t get better than that! This little guy is one lucky cat. (Photos c/o his foster mom, Patricia.)




10 thoughts on “Foster Success

  1. Tears running down my cheeks. I’m so happy for the cats who have home. I can’t really describe to someone who does not like cats why I find them fascinating, but I do love them.

  2. that’s your sister we follow her, momwithoutpaws wants to adopt again, a golden or a lab would fit in nicely, but dadwithoutpaws is not ready

Comments are closed.