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Subject: Ot: two paws up for Holly
Date Posted: 12/25/2012 7:34 PM ET
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I was just going to comment on Holly's blog post, but with some email switheroos I'm in the middle of I couldn't get a comment through, so I'll just too her horn here. Hurray for you for volunteering at your shelter, I don't know if I could ever do it. I'd want to take them all home. Also thumbs (or paws) up for Petsmart and Petco for giving retail space to shelters to get these fur-babies some attention. I've been following the FB page of the shelter I got Starla from, and love hearing about the happy endings, and also saddened at how often people do the wronng thing and just let their adopted pets run wild when they can no longer care for them.

Date Posted: 12/26/2012 1:04 PM ET
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Thanks Cathy.  I figured out with Buster that the hard part isn't taking a new one home and getting him integrated with the resident fur herd.  The hard part is the look on that poor cat's face when I put him in the carrier to take him to Petco for the adoption days.  His little face totally screams "You have betrayed me!"  Buster is a 7 year old declaw that lived with a lady all his life and she surrendered him to the pound because her grandson was allergic.  I can't imagine giving one of my babies away after they had lived with me for that long!  Last weekend we had a guy come back with 2 cats he adopted in March and turned them back in because his wife was starting a daycare and couldn't have them around the kids.  I have no idea what they did to those animals in the time they had them but they are completely traumatized.

After Buster goes to a new home I am hoping to foster more kitties in the future. The rescue I volunteer with doesn't have an actual facility.  All of the cats are living with fosters until they are adopted at one of the Petco weekends.  Maybe I'll even as the hubby if its ok first this time.  Bringing Buster home was a spur of the moment thing and when I walked in the door he said "That better not be another damn cat in that carrier!"  I told him relax-this one is temporary and Buster has done a good job of buttering hubby up so they're cool now.

Date Posted: 12/26/2012 1:22 PM ET
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I am with Cathy, I admire you for your ability to foster, I couldn't do it I would get too attached and then I'd be one of the crazy cat ladies with 15 cats. While all of my cats have been from our county Humane Society, my Moms cats were from Petco Adoption.  She's had her boys for 6 years, and they were a joy to my Dad in his last years, and company for her now that Da is gone.  When we get new animals I am definitely going to look into Petco adoption and perhaps taking in an older animal. 



Last Edited on: 12/26/12 5:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 3:16 PM ET
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Good for you Holly! I would do that too, if I could. As a matter of fact, I always wished that I could just run my own shelter! All of my pets have been rescues. heart



Last Edited on: 12/26/12 3:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 7:29 AM ET
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Holly, I suspected you were a good'un, but now I know.  wink  Our county shelter is only 6 months old, and they're trying very hard to find fosters and forever homes.  I don't do much; walk the dogs when I can get away from work, and transport once in a while but I would love to get more involved.  I think being a foster would be hard, too.