How long have you been a foster for Sarama? (or if you fostered before Sarama, how long have you been fostering in general?)
I’ve been a foster with Sarama for over 2 years.
How many animals have you fostered for Sarama?
7 + Midnight who we ended up adopting.
I know you have your own cats. How are they with your foster animals?
We have 4 of our own cats now & with any new cat that comes into our home there’s always a period of adjustment where everyone is getting acquainted. But after that for some reason they mostly get along! It all really depends on the personality of the foster cats, but our cats are usually pretty chill.
How many fosters have you had at once?
The most fosters we had at once was 5!
Tell us about your current foster cat?
Right now we are fostering Scarlet, who we’ve had for over a year. Scarlet spent most of her life outside and we would often see her around our area. It took us some time but we finally got her to come inside. She spent a few months adjusting to being inside & getting healthy. Now she loves being an indoor cat! She loves to be touched & petted, she loves catnip & toys, and she loves sleeping on the bed – I think she feels like she’s on permanent vacation!
What inspired you to start fostering?( Was there a particular event, animal or story?)
Midnight was our first foster. She started coming to our door as a kitten and we realized we could help. We had 3 cats at the time and we were initially nervous about adding another, but it turns out 4 cats is not that much harder than 3!
Why do you think fostering is so important?
Fostering is so important because it can literally be the difference between life and death for an animal. If no one is available to foster an animal, that animal can end up in a shelter where it has little chance of making it out. Also fostering animals gives them the opportunity to learn the dynamics of being in a home setting and gives potential adopters a chance to see animals in a relaxed home environment.
Any words of wisdom for people who are considering fostering?
You might feel like you don’t have the time / space / energy to welcome an animal into your home right now and you probably don’t want to be inconvenienced or have to change your routine. But the small inconveniences are ultimately so worth it when you get to know your foster animal & know that your actions saved this animal’s life! It’s so fulfilling when you see them find their furrever homes. It’s all worth it!