Being a fosterer of animals is very rewarding and although naturally, the hardest part is saying goodbye, it’s also one of the best parts too. I miss my beloved first foster kitten so much; she was cheeky and cuddly and even though she was a little nervous at first, she finally got used to having some love and attention. I cannot be sad about her leaving because she went to her forever home, something she would not have found if she was not rescued by the Branch. By fostering her, I played a part in that rescue and gave her a happy, loving home until she was ready to find her permanent residence.
I now have a foster dog called Tinks and a foster kitten called Salty Darling. Salty loves Tinks and Tinks loves Salty, most of the time!
Salty is a kitten and always up to mischief. He was a stray and was unwell when he was found by our Welfare team. After having treatment at the vets, he is now with me; getting used to being cared for and having lots of cuddles, all whilst slowly destroying the house. His f=-0ojnjbhk gjm-0oijuhyree3sbceqcwzzzzzzz\\\\\
That was him, walking over the laptop, it’s like he knew I was talking about him. I was trying to say that his favourite game is fetch; we can play this for hours! I made him a cat castle out of old boxes; it even has a shoebox garage. He only uses it when I am not looking, he’s so sneaky.
Yes, I am working from home, something Salty is very happy about. He loves to hang up on my work meetings, sit on my notepad, steal my pens and sit on my laptop and fall asleep. He looks so cute and sweet, it’s hard to move him! Salty has decided my makeshift office is also his and likes to use my chair. Sometimes we share it, uncomfortably, but we share it. Tinks also joins us, but like a good girl, she sleeps on her bed by the chair. Although this is only for 10 minutes then she wants to join us on the chair too. We cannot fit, that’s the problem so obviously, I end up in the lounge whilst they relax in the ‘office’. Salty is very cuddly, he really loves a cuddle in the evening, he loves cuddling Tinks, which she tolerates. They snuggle together but she doesn’t really like his games though, a bit too rough for her. What she does like is his cat biscuits, don’t turn your back or they will be gone!
Tinks is 10 years old and she has Cushing’s Disease so she needs medication and special food. It doesn’t faze her though; she just gets on with it! TNBHJ (That was Salty again) Tinks also has a little bit of separation anxiety so she is going through a little training to help her with this. She came into the care of the Branch after her owner sadly passed away. Her favourite thing to do is go for a run on the beach, although right now, that is not possible as we are in lockdown.
We do have woodland nearby so at 4:30pm on the dot, Tinks starts dancing around my makeshift office (or lounge), never taking her eyes off me. There’s no way I’m getting away with not taking her for her walk in that woodland. As soon as I close my laptop at 5pm it’s a race! I race to change my clothes, to find the poop bags and my coat, to round up my partner Giuseppe who is somewhere in the cottage (he’s on furlough) and to get my boots on all before Tinks starts to…
Too late, her roaring bark lifts the roof off the cottage!
Salty does a sideways dance through the lounge then hides in his favourite hiding spot and I’m now tripping over Tink’s harness trying to make sure I put it on the right way up. All her excitement turns the cottage to chaos as I trip over my boots, somehow let her lead wind around my legs and I actually forget the poop bags. I have to go and get them and then Salty decides he is not going to hide anymore and that he should take control of the situation.
Giuseppe kindly asks Salty to go back into the lounge (he doesn’t listen), then we open the door slightly. Salty runs and hides back in his favourite spot (he’s not yet ready for the outside world). I do regain control and we walk, a lovely woodland walk that is very relaxing and much needed. Tinks is strutting in front, wiggling her little bum when she walks. She is so cute so I take many photos and videos much to the delight of Giuseppe, “you took pictures yesterday”. He is right but she looks even cuter than yesterday!
It’s a privilege having these little friends around, whether they are stealing my chair or using my laptop as one, following me to the toilet; yes toilet breaks are also fun in this house – I cannot go to the bathroom without Salty joining me or Tinks standing guard at the door! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When this lockdown is over we will be recruiting volunteers again but sadly we cannot take on any new fosterers right now due to government restrictions. We do want to say thank you to everyone who has offered to volunteer during this difficult time. We really appreciate you thinking of us and your support means everything!
The Branch and I would love to hear your stories of your pets whilst you are in lockdown so please share them with us! Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or on our social media.