This year I trapped 11 feral kittens in my neighborhood with the help of a rescue. We personally tamed 8 of them in our house. Gradually 7 of those I tamed went to the local shelter because there were too many kittens and not enough foster homes...plus a kitten we fostered had ringworm, so they wanted us to have only that one. We also trapped 2 other kittens later that went straight to the shelter due to the ringworm kitten.
Of course I was assured by the rescue that the shelter would take good care of them, and that if there were any problems, they would tell us.
Then I called the shelter and found out that of those 9, only 3 have been adopted out. One died, four were euthanized, and one is still sick with a resp. infection (very common at shelters). Of the four euthanized, three were for RINGWORM...I would have gladly treated those three as well if I had only been told!
So now one kitten in a foster home is very sick, possibly FIP, and one kitten in the shelter is also sick. Not sure if either one will make it. I am looking at a very low % of success here and it bothers me.
On top of that, my foster kitten went to his new family on Sunday. Granted it was a very nice family with kids and a stay-at-home mom, so I am happy, but I also MISS HIM so that doesn't help.
Sorry the husband has zero sympathy on this so I had to whine somewhere.
I wouldn't foster for them anymore. Are there anymore rescues in your area? Maybe ones who rely only on foster homes? I really think that works out a bit better anyway. Keeps the animals much healthier. Not as easy to have people look at mass numbers but petfinder is a great thing!
I am sorry about the kitties. I would be fuming!
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
I don't blame the rescue. They are the only one in the area. And if they said "no" to me then maybe none of the kittens would have survived and certainly none would be living comfortable lives as pets.
Two of the shelter kittens that died--probably not preventable. But the three with ringworm I just don't understand. The foster coordinator is at the shelter almost daily so I don't know why they didn't say something to her. For this--I blame the shelter.
I think what bothers me most is that I have volunteered at shelters before so I know how it goes with the kittens. Because of that I actually cried when I dropped off the five young ones (now all dead). My husband thought I was nuts.
My daughter and I are going to start helping with the cats at our nearby shelter soon. (We need to attend a training session to teach us how to properly play with cats, I guess.) At the orientation meeting, one of the staff members explained how they intentionally will not discuss euth. plans with the volunteers. *sigh*
Until proven otherwise, I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I figure everyone's doing the best that they can. Hopefully there's some piece of information you're not privy to that would put things in perspective.
I know it still has got to hurt.
Thanks for doing what you can for the little guys.
I am so sorry for what you have gone through. It must be heartbreaking to try so hard and have such a bad outcome. Ringworm is just an inconvenience as my vet says. I went through it with 3 of mine and even got it on my own face. But if you already had one you were treating, it just doesn't make sense that they didn't contact you to take the rest back. What a shame for those poor kitties. The one you did care for is a beautiful kitty though! And you tell that husband of yours that he needs to learn to at least try to have sympathy when you are hurting no matter if he doesn't feel the same way about cats, he needs to feel it for you.
"A kitten is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world"- Lady Morgan
looks like that shelter needs to be investigated cuz if you took the picture of the kittens before they went they look pretty healthy in it then i would think that the shelter cant handle there own and need to be investigated
hi thats really sad to hear i have recently started fostering i have a semi ferrel cat that has come on leaps and bounds she is ready to be re homed im dreading it cause like u i am gonna miss her. im lucky the rescue i do it for is fantastic and have a non euthinasia policy unless its the only option and the care they give i cant praise them enough. hope u feel better soon and im sure my husband will react in exactly the same way as urs the only thing keeping me going is that there is another cat waiting to come to me shes terrified of being in the cattery and is recovering from a broken pelvis bless her take care keeps smiling lisa xxx
illini, you have a very big heart. Unfortunately, big hearts feel hurts in big ways. I'm sorry for what happened, but try to focus on the positive you have done. Yes, unfortunately those kitties were PTS, but at least it was a peaceful death. It still could have been much worse for them as ferrel cats. Try to take comfort in that they did not suffer.
As for your little one, how cute! Ringworm can be hard to treat, especially on the face near the nose and mouth where they can easily lick off any medication. I had many boughts with it, on both my foster kitties and myself. Yucky!
Just please don't get discouraged. Keep doing good. Keep helping all the future kitties you will come across, and know that there will be many of them. They know who we are, and they always seem to find us.
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.