Jill's fostering success stories
An archive of reports from one of our fosterers, Jill, based in the Cambridge area.
Jill's latest updates can be found here.
Since becoming a fosterer from November 2009, I have had three pairs of cats plus a single male and at present have another single male. I am enjoying meeting all the lovely cats which have come into me so far, they have all shown their own character and I have been very lucky to have met some lovely friendly cats and enjoyed meeting the people who have come and given them nice homes, it is very rewarding.
The first pair of cats were named Ted and Arthur who went to a nice lady in a village who said I was welcome visit them in their new home, which I enjoyed very much.
The second pair of cats were called Tinkerbell and Memo who went to a nice couple in another village, which again, I had the pleasure of visiting, it was nice to see them settled in their new home.
Toffee my latest cat was successfully re-homed in Cambridge by a nice couple who again invited me to visit them to see Toffee in his new home and I was pleased to see Toffee had settled in so well. Toffee was with me for nearly six weeks so it was not too long for him to find a nice new loving home.
I feel I have had a good beginning since November as these cats have found nice new homes quite quickly, so I have had a good turnaround.
My latest cat is named Oscar who was brought into me recently by a nice lady on behalf of the owner who can no longer look after him. He is a twelve year old grey male and is a very friendly sociable cat who is looking for a loving nice new home. I hope we can find the right home for him soon along with all the other cats and kittens in our care. I am enjoying being a fosterer, it is so rewarding to see all the cats and kittens finding loving new homes and meeting so many nice people along the way. I look forward to many more success stories.
Jill, August 2010
In November 2011, I will have been a Fosterer for the Cambridge Branch for two years and in that time, I have found it enjoyable and rewarding.
Since my last piece on the Web-site back in August 2010, we thought it would be nice to update you on how I have been getting on with the cats that have come into me.
The last cat that I had at the time of writing was Oscar who had come into me during July, 2010. I am pleased to say, Oscar was found a lovely home in Cambridge by a lovely couple in October, 2010, so he was not in the cats pen for too long, I did visit him afterwards and he had settled in very well.
Then came along Patch and Blackie, they were brought in by a lady who was having to move to rented property and therefore, could not take them with her. Patch was her first cat and Blackie was a stray cat who this lady was not going to keep but found that Patch and Blackie got on so well with each other that she had the two together. They were a lovely pair of cats and settled in the cats pen straight away and were always so friendly and seemed happy looking out of the windows, watching the birds etc. They were with me for eight months which was a very long time before the right people came long. This was a lovely family in a village who took to them instantly. They invited me to visit them in their new home and was very pleased to see they had settled in and were very happy and relaxed. When I left the house, the cats were sitting side by side on the settee ready for a cat nap. This again, was very rewarding to see, especially after eight months of being in the cats pen.
People say to me, you must become very attached to all these cats especially the ones that are with me for any length of time. In reply, I always say, you do become very attached and miss them when they go, but I have to remember why I do what I do, and that is to find all these cats kind and loving homes and give them a chance of a new life which they deserve. I always do my best to look after them well while they are in my care and see them develop into their own characters.
To bring you up to the present time, as I write this, my latest cat is named Thorn. He was a stray and was being fed by a Mr. Thorn, hence the name. He was rescued by Cambridge Cats Protection as it was felt he would benefit from a nice new home rather than being outside all the time with no proper home. He is a male Ginger, approximately one and a half years old.
When Thorn first came to me on the 18th July, he was very nervous and would hide up in his igloo bed but after a day or so he would come out for his food and after about a week, he was coming out a lot more. He was rubbing round my legs, and then for no apparent reason, he would put is paw out and go for me. I must admit, I had a few scratches at first, but because he was a stray and nervous, it was not easy for him to adjust. I thought, I have just got to give him time to come out of his shell and gain confidence and sure enough, he certainly has.
Thorn has been with me for just over two months at the time of writing this, and he is now so friendly, he eats every type of food I give him and he is purring and dancing, even when he is eating, he appears to be so much happier now and I hope the right person can come along and give him a loving home and give him all the time he needs to settle in again so he can bond with his new owners just the same as he has bonded with me. I am very pleased with the way he has come on and did not think it was possible to see such a transformation.
I am still enjoying being a Fosterer and meeting all these lovely cats and look forward to looking after many more while they wait for their new homes and hope to report on some more success stories in the near future.
Jill, September 2011
I would like to bring you up date since my last piece on the web-site back in September 2011.
You may remember I was writing a piece about Thorn, he was the male ginger who was very nervous at the beginning when he came to me last July and was totally a different, loving, and sociable cat after the first month of being with me. I am very happy to let you know, he was re-homed to a lovely lady in a village on the 17th November, 2011 and she invited me over to see him and I went in January of this year. Thorn had settled in very well and was so friendly when I saw him in his new home, the lady is delighted with him, I could not have wished for a better home for him, this is a real success story and I received some lovely pictures afterwards, especially of Thorn sitting in front of the fire, a very rewarding outcome for me to see.
Next came along Tigger, a two year old male tabby, again a lovely cat who always seemed happy when he was here. He came 26th November last year and went to a nice lady in Cambridge on the 4th February this year. I have had contact since to let me know he has a new name, has settled in well and has made new friends and have some lovely pictures of him sitting on books, on top of doors etc. and also, unfortunately, I heard, he has been after the baby birds, but we have to accept, cats will be cats! He is a lovely cat nevertheless who deserved a good home.
On the 21st February, 2012, Millie came to see me, a ten year old tortie, who looked so young. Again, such a friendly cat who needed a loving home, which I can tell you was reserved on the 9th March by a nice couple who were going on holiday and new exactly that Millie was the cat for them and came back to collect on the 20th March, which was just as well for me, it could not have worked out better, as Cats Protection were sorting out with different vets which we use, so therefore, Millie had not even been health checked or had a chance to get her photo on the web- site and had already been chosen from our Homing Officer's description, that's a first for me!. I telephoned Millie's new owners a week later, as we do with all our rehomed cats, and Millie was loving her new home, very well deserved for Millie and her new owners.
At the time of writing this article, my latest addition is a lovely four year old male black and white cat who came to me, through no fault of his own at the end of March. Again, he is a lovely sociable, friendly boy who just needs a loving caring home he can call his own. He loves to be with people, loves his meals and loves doors, he is always getting into the porch in the cats pen, he likes to see what is on the menu for breakfast and teatime, so whoever adopts him needs to keep their doors tightly closed for the first three weeks as he is very alert.
Please take a look on the adopt a cat pages: his name is Monty. While you are there, I hope you will look at all our other cats and kittens who are looking for new homes and please ring 01223 528312 to ask about homing as not all our cats and kittens may be on the web-site.
I am having a lovely time, meeting all the lovely cats and nice people and pleased to help out with other activities where I can. I will report on more success stories in the near future.
Jill, April 2012.
Going back to when I last wrote, I was looking after Monty, a lovely four year old black and white male, who had been with me from the end of March last year until July, 2012. I'm very pleased to report that he found himself a lovely home in a nice village with a nice lady who said to me afterwards, "He is as happy as Larry". I am very pleased for them all, although I missed him after four months fostering, his new home was so well deserved.
Next came along Maggie, a sweet black and white female aged five years who was so friendly and affectionate, knew everything that was going on and from talking with her new owner on a few occasions, has made herself at home and is great company for the lady who has given Maggie a forever home. Maggie did not even have chance to show herself on the web site listings as she was reserved while the lady already had holiday booked, and collected on her return.
In October 2012, I had two six month old very cute and so pretty kittens visit me, brother and sister, Billy (tabby) and Tasha (black and white). As you can imagine with most kittens that age, they were not one little bit shy and were so playful, I had a job to keep up with them! They loved all their kitten food and toys and were into everything. They have settled well into their new home together and I did receive a nice Christmas card from the new owner with some lovely photographs of them playing, one having fun with a rug and the other showing her face from the owners shopping bag, looking through the handle and finally, a photograph of them sitting next to each other, looks as though they loved the camera, they looked so happy.
In November I collected my next cat from a village just off the A14. She had appeared in a lady's garden over the summer and by October they started to feed her and try and find out where the cat may have come from, unfortunately, with no luck. As the weather was getting colder, they brought her inside and made her a bed up in their kitchen/dining room and the cat gradually came round to trusting them and then loved people. The family named her Maisie, a lovely tortoiseshell, estimated to be about two years of age, so sweet and pretty and was so healthy considering she had spent a lot of time wondering around. Our Homing Officer already knew a cat-loving lady interested in homing a tortoiseshell cat, so therefore, Maisie was only with me for two weeks. The family who had first looked after Maisie had written a little story for the new owner entitled "Little Cat" which was lovely and what a happy ending for everyone.
In late November, a black and white kitten came to stay. We thought it was a female, but when checked, "she" was in fact a male. So - needing to think of a name fairly quickly at the vet - I named him William, because it was the day after the visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As his photograph sat proudly on the web site, we agreed, he was a handsome young man sitting there with his white chest. A lovely friendly and loving boy, into everything, loved his food, had his toys everywhere, wanted loads of attention every time I went to see him, had a habit of playing and licking my ears. He stayed with me over Christmas and he loved me giving him Christmas treats from a cat Advent Calendar for December. A lot of people were interested in William, but one lady in particular knew William was the one for her and came quite a distance to give him a lovely home in January this year. Last time I spoke to the new owner she was telling me enjoys watching "Winter Watch", very well done to both of them.
Finally, I have just re-homed two lovely tabby cats named Angel and Flower born during 2010. They are both female, very friendly sisters who were looking for a perfect permanent home together and I am sure they have found one in a village not far from Cambridge. They were a little nervous at first, as you would expect with any cats but settled in their pen very quickly. They are very loving cats who will be ready to explore their new home and the outside garden when the time is right. The lady saw these two on the web site and knew they were the ones she wanted to adopt. I wish them all good luck in their new home as I do with all of them that leave me to go onto a new beginning in a new home.
At the time of writing, my cat pen is empty, but I know it will not be long before another friendly face or faces pass through my gate this year to stay with me for however long it takes to find the right home. Please remember to keep checking in the "Adopt a Cat Pages
" (please remember, not all our cats may be listed on the web- site), to find your next long life friend, who will be very pleased you took the time.
I am having a lovely time meeting all these cats and kittens, and the nice new owners. I also try to help out where I can at our fundraising events
, look out for us at the Shelford Memorial Hall in April, August and November this year and hope to see you there and you never know, you might just see me trying to dismantle and erect outdoor cat pens as well, having been trying my hands at this recently! Jill. February, 2013
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