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The Story of Tiki the Cat

Tiki the cat is what’s known as a ‘foster failure.’ She came to me as an abandoned kitten and was only supposed to stay until she found a forever home. Nine months later she’s still here, by her choice and mine. 

18 months earlier my dog, Zach, had passed away from cancer and I’d fostered some rescue dogs afterwards, as I couldn’t bear the thought of ‘replacing’ him, but also couldn’t stand life without dogs in it. Then along came a cat, too!

Tiki was so timid when she arrived that you’d only know there was a cat in the house by the used litter tray and emptied food dish. I didn’t see her at all for six weeks- she hid under the bed and only ever emerged when no-one was around.

Then very gradually, she began to venture out. The first time she consented to a hug was very special. It was also the first time I’d heard her loud steam engine of a purr. She immediately decided hugs were good and has been seeking them out ever since.

It’s been amazing watching her confidence grow and her personality emerge. She’s found her voice and likes to chat away as she trots around at my side. She comes to the door to greet me when I come home and hops up on my lap while I work at the computer. She’s friendly, eccentric and affectionate and much more of a companion than I ever expected a cat to be – and a very different creature from the terrified little kitten that wouldn’t come out from under the bed. 

It took such a long time to win her trust that I couldn’t bear to put her through all that again. But the main reason she’s remained here with me is simply that this has become her home, and we’ve become family.  That’s not a ‘failure’ at all in my view. Exactly the opposite!

If you’ve lost a dear animal companion and crave the company of a dog or cat but don’t feel able to commit to a permanent new pet, fostering is a wonderful option. And what better way to pay tribute to a lost friend than to save the life of another?

Marika's Story- foster carercreated at: 2010/10/04
After we adopted our fantastic dog Boof from a shelter and couldn't imagine life without him, I wanted to know how one becomes ‘involved’ in rescue.  Do people work at all?  Are they wealthy?  Do rescue people have huge properties?  I learned that rescue people were just ordinary people in ordinary homes, just like me.  Senior Dogs Rescue asked me if I wanted to become involved, perhaps through foster care of small dogs. Foster dogs just need love, warmth and security whilst waiting for their ‘forever’ home. 
 
I would like to rescue all animals but I can’t.  Foster caring is my way of contributing help in some small way towards the plight of abandoned and unwanted dogs.  My husband initially agreed to fostering because it meant a lot to me.  One year later, he feels now it means a lot to him but more importantly, means so much more to the animals.
 
Fostering has changed our lives.  We have two foster dogs plus two dogs of our own.  Having four dogs to manage is easy.  They go everywhere with us, including lunches out and camping trips!  .  Our weekends are fun, we always have so many activities to plan!  Fostering has brought much more happiness into our lives.  Each dog brings its own joy and love into our home.  We have a happy home!   I’m a better person for fostering.  It is a rollercoaster of emotions, sometimes it can be challenging. However, I wouldn’t have my life any other way.  I feel compassionate about fostering and yet strong enough to let them go.  There is nothing more rewarding then finding the perfect home for the dog I’ve loved during their time in my care. 

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