Clementine is the life of the party and she loves to play. Two-year-old Grant is no scaredy cat either. They are both happy and healthy and ready to be adopted from the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
But their friends just down hall are in trouble. There are only supposed to be about 20 sick cats in the holding area but now there are 40.
Many of the cats have been surrendered from homes they may have lived in for years for various reasons but when they’re put in a shelter environment there are new sounds, it’s loud, the food is different and the cats get stressed out.
“They’re sick, they’re sad, they’re confused and they don’t know why they’re here,” said Jennifer Judd, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations. “They’re prone to the illness and some of them just give up.”
Periwinkle feels so bad she stopped eating so she has to be hand fed.
But there is hope for these cats. Veterinarians said they just need to be taken out of the shelter and put in a foster home to heal for about two to three weeks.
“Animals get better quicker in a home, three times faster than they do in this environment,” said Judd.
All you need to do to be a foster family is provide the love. The humane society will give you everything else. There is no cost to you. It will provide the medicine, the blankets, the food, even the crate.
“And in a home environment it’s quiet,” said Veterinarian Suzanne Ostle. “People are there to pet it and talk to it and they can leave them alone too and that helps them to heal.”
“Fostering an animal can truly make a difference between life and death,” Said Judd.
With a little love, fostered cats can soon be back out there with Clementine and Grant, healthy and ready to play in a new, forever home.