When we think of helping out our favorite charities and causes, the act of donating money almost immediately comes to mind for many of us. However, here at the NCSPCA there are lots of ways you can help our animals in addition to monetary donations. One of these is through fostering animals who have been abused, neglected, or simply need socializing. You can find out more about how to foster a pet by contacting our office at (518) 962-8604. Here is my personal experience as a foster parent.
Several years ago I was offered the opportunity to take in a young male cat, Oscar, who had come from an abusive home and who had developed some behavior problems that were preventing him from finding a forever home. Oscar, a huge, beautiful Maine Coon, had soulful eyes and a sweet personality which led to his being adopted more than once ... and promptly returned when his new owners discovered his severe biting habits. I was asked to foster Oscar to see if some of his behavior could be improved. I quickly learned that if I moved suddenly while close to him, he would attack. If I pulled away too quickly, he would startle and duck. Oscar had learned to expect to be hit or grabbed. With time, patience, and a few bite marks, he gradually became more comfortable and the biting behavior dwindled away. In the end, I decided to adopt Oscar, and he is still with me today.
Our featured pet today is Bashful, a sweet little Domestic Shorthair/mix tabby cat with inquisitive eyes. Bashful loves to sit very quietly and try to figure out the world around her. She is a great observer of life with a philosophical mind. This demure little lady is just the right size to cuddle up next to while watching T.V. and she will reward your attention with a rumbling purr. If you are seeking a super sweet feline, Bashful may be the cat for you.