Victoria - Former Barn Cat with a Litter of Kittens
Last year, I made a bunch of New Year's resolutions for myself. I guess they didn't turn out too well. The one about losing weight? Well, I got the "weight" part right, not so much on the "losing." So, this year, I made some resolutions for you. No, no - don't worry. More about you, than for you. I know better than to insist that you do anything that would violate that tough barn cat image.
Vickie - I promise that you will never be hungry again. I promise that you will never be cold. I promise that you will receive the best veterinary care. I promise that you will no longer compromise your health doing your best to feed kittens. I promise that we will continue to patiently help you to shed your fear and grow into the loving house cat that you have shown yourself to be. I promise to stop selling you short, whenever I think that you couldn't possibly be able to become more relaxed or more friendly, so that I will no longer be surprised when you do something amazing, like sit on a lap, sleep on the bed, or not run from the room when a new person comes over. Most importantly, I promise to continue to help cats like you find opportunities to show adopters that they can be amazing companions, loyal friends, and warm, purring delights. You taught us to believe, and we will carry your message on and teach others to do the same in 2016. Thanks, Queen V - you've taught us a great deal.
Please help me keep my promise to Vickie. You don't have to do a lot, because each little bit makes a huge impact in the lives of the cats. Volunteer, transport, be a Leesburg center caretaker once a week or every two weeks or - especially - foster. Foster homes are our greatest weapon in increasing the number of cats we can save. Cats like Vickie, who need to learn or relearn to trust so that they can show their true side to adopters.
Cats like Gracie...
Gracie was a cat with an amazing talent - she could pull the cage blanket over herself at an adoption event and totally disappear beneath it. It was not until her patient foster thought to obtain a "cat hut" that could go inside the cage that Gracie felt protected and would show her face to potential adopters. And sure enough, a kind couple met her, fell in love, and reported a week later that the once shy, now confident cat was sleeping in their bed with them.
Some are afraid of fostering because they cannot commit a long period of time. FFGW needs short term fosters as well, to give our cats a week or two break from the adoption centers, or to receive newly arrived cats, until space opens up at the centers. Whatever commitment you can make, there is a foster opportunity that fits.
Some are afraid of fostering, because they fear becoming too attached and not being able to let go. But by fostering, loving, then letting go, you are helping to make an incredible impact, saving the lives of so many cats. As tough as that is, it is better than telling a cat in a shelter that she cannot leave because you are afraid you will not be able to let her go. Afraid to foster, because you fear you won't be able to give her up? Read about the Ugliest Persian elsewhere in this newsletter!
Every volunteer contribution, transporting, fostering, counseling at events, caretaking at our adoption centers, is very much needed in 2016. Every cat you help find a home is another cat given a precious second chance like Vickie and Gracie.