Letitia Denham


It’s a tragic scenario when a house as soon as vigorous with pets is as an alternative with no pet … the people can really feel very alone. However the instantaneous adoption of a brand new pet isn’t often a sensible resolution for a lot of causes—buying a brand new pet requires a lot thought, planning and, typically, a lot impatient ready.

When you wait, would you love to do one thing good for pets generally and possibly for one needy animal particularly by giving it a foster dwelling whereas it waits for its ceaselessly household?


Picture by James Stripes


I met Teri and James when their Boxers have been puppies being “mentored” by my golden retriever. I requested them about their choice to grow to be a foster dwelling for a needy older cat.

Q: If I recall accurately, Teri, you had cats up to now? How way back? You confirmed cats?

Teri: Sure, I’ve had cats on and off most of my lifetime of 54 years. From the time I used to be 12 years outdated to age 30, my mom and I raised and confirmed Persians, Unique Shorthairs (a shorthair Persian), and Cornish Rex cats. Although we stopped breeding and exhibiting nearly 25 years in the past, our cattery and cats nonetheless present up within the pedigree of the highest Unique Shorthairs worldwide.

Q: James, prior cat expertise for you?

James: Once I was in highschool, we introduced a kitten dwelling from Inexperienced Bluff, the place we had gone to get fruit. Us youngsters begged my mother to allow us to have a cat. That kitten was with our household for her complete life. I went off to varsity after which marriage. I didn’t have a cat in my first marriage.

Once I was in graduate college, a girl I began relationship mentioned I handed the essential check as a result of her cat, Fudge, favored me. We had that cat and others throughout our years collectively. One in every of our cats gave start within the early morning on our mattress. I had gotten up earlier, however my spouse received trapped within the mattress till birthing was completed. Most of our cats have been strictly indoor, however one was not. One morning, the cat introduced into the home a chicken that she had caught. We left that final cat with a detailed pal after we crossed the nation for the summer time, however we took our canine with us. A couple of years later (after that spouse died of most cancers), I used to be with Teri. She had a cat and we rescued one other. So from the late Seventies to right this moment, cats have most of the time been part of my life.

Q: Inform us about Max and Amy and the way you got here to be petless earlier this yr.

Teri: Sadly, our Boxer siblings Max and Amy left us this yr. In July, inside 24 hours of Max’s exhibiting uncommon habits (completely different for him) and its getting worse reasonably than higher, we headed to pet emergency and realized he had a mind tumor on the left facet. Amy had been battling pancreatitis and/or pancreatic most cancers for a yr and a half when she handed. Her ache meds have been now not giving her consolation, so in November we knew it was her time. We misplaced Max in late July, a couple of days after he turned ten years outdated, and Amy in November at nearly 10.5 years outdated.

Q: What made you consider fostering a cat?

Teri: Elevating Max and Amy linked us with the thrill and rewards of canine rescue. Although Max and Amy weren’t rescues themselves, they have been ambassadors of the breed at many public rescue occasions, helped us transport and foster a number of Boxer rescues, and likewise helped us ‘foster fail’ with our beloved white Boxer Teddy, who was deaf. We even embraced hospice fostering and fell exhausting for little Boxer-X, Serena.

We misplaced candy Serena in 2018 to most cancers, our 20-year-old kitty Wild Factor in 2019, our beloved Teddy to most cancers in 2019, after which each Max and Amy in 2022.

After dropping Amy we knew we didn’t wish to be four-legged-pet–free for lengthy. However we each knew our hearts have been too fragile for taking over one other Boxer. For the final couple of years, I had missed having a cat an excellent deal. So we determined our subsequent four-legged pet can be a cat.

That call, nonetheless, got here with two challenges—parakeets. We had ended up with two pretty parakeets by happenstance this final spring. (That’s a narrative unto itself, for one more time.) We knew discovering the precise cat who wouldn’t torment the parakeets wouldn’t be simple.

After discussing it (for under a few days) we determined to open our dwelling to cat fostering—not kittens, however younger and outdated adults. We might then plan on ‘foster failing’ if we discovered the precise match for our dwelling. In any other case, we’d assist these in want and ensure our parakeets remained protected whereas the foster was with us.

Q: How did you discover this cat and this system she’s a part of?

Teri: We utilized to foster with two native organizations. One was advisable by a fellow Boxer lover who too had simply began fostering kittens, and the opposite was the native shelter I had recognized my complete life.

Inside every week of our changing into an authorized foster dwelling, our coordinator reached out a few six-year-old and 14-year-old they needed to get into foster properties as a result of it could be some time earlier than they have been medically cleared for adoption. We ended up with the 14-year-old and she or he is fantastic. She continues to be having some medical struggles, but it surely’s doable she’s starting to stabilize.

Q: How does this system work?

Teri: Each packages are very related and excellent. Cats and kittens will be adopted when they’re vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and cleared medically. When fostering for both program, you might be offered all crucial meds, provides, and meals. For instance, our present foster is 14 years outdated. She got here with two litter bins, 4 meals/ water bowls, service, mattress, toys, towels, prescription meals, and litter. We’re answerable for ensuring she is liked and socialized and makes her scheduled vet visits. Veterinary care and veterinary recommendation is out there to us 24/7 through go to or name.

Q: What’s shocked you most about this system—and the cat—to this point?

Teri: The foster utility processes have been extraordinarily thorough, with one even requiring a state background test. All meals and provides being offered was shocking, together with gaining access to a vet 24/7 after we want it.

Q: The foster cat—what are your hopes and desires for her?

Teri: We hope she shall be medically cleared for adoption and may have a loving dwelling.

Q: Is she obtainable for adoption but? If not, when? Who to contact for extra data?

Teri: She isn’t but obtainable for adoption. When she is prepared, she shall be obtainable by the Spokane Humane Society.

Q: How has having your foster in your house helped to elevate your spirits while you’re, at the very least quickly, petless?

Teri: We get pleasure from caring for our creatures and she or he rewards us with love and purrs.

Q: Would you encourage pet lovers experiencing petlessness to think about fostering?

Teri: Sure! Fostering permits you the time to grieve and an opportunity to share the love you must give to a pet in want.


Picture by Teri Stripes


Spokane Humane Society Foster Care

Foster Workplace (509) 467-5235 ext. 229



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