May the Foster Be With You

It’s spring time. It’s kitten time. It’s springy kitten time.

It’s time to spring for a kitten.

Purred time’s the charm, Sara G. Foster Kitten hover facts by San Francisco Animal Care and Control.



  1. CoconutCheez says:

    I offer this anerable spring kitteh to you, O great one!

    … so fricken cuuuuooote!

  2. The Dutchess of Cupcake says:

    Awww! Wish I could spring for a kitten, but my resident feline would not approve. But I highly encourage others to do so–my kitty was a shelter adoption, and she has had such a great impact on my life.

  3. Zombie Tomato says:

    Thank you for posting this! I love my foster babies so much! A lot of people say “I could never give them up.” and maybe they’re right. It’s not always easy and not everyone can do the job. But guys, we’re giving our babies a great start in life. They don’t spend the first few months of their lives in a cage with limited human interaction. We make sure they’re well-loved, well-socialized and have some manners (as much as a bebeh house tiger can have anyway 😉 ) and help them find forever homes faster. Our foster coordinator says that while she hasn’t done a “study” study, with stats and stuff, she does notice that fostered bebehs do get adopted faster.

    And if you’re not a cat person, most shelters have puppies in need of a foster home as well! Please please consider being a foster family!

  4. Teeny tiny peach fuzz!!! So cute. Can’t adopt, or even foster… @#%#@^$&#@ husband’s allergies.

  5. Fird Birfle says:

    YAY orunj marmalade kittehs!!!!!!111!!!

  6. Mom's Favorite says:

    My kitties came from foster homes and adopting them was my BEST DECISION EVER. They fill every day with love and joy and fuzz and snuggles. *happy sigh*

  7. My motto is: “Those who can’t do. Pay!”

    So I give to my local SPCA, but it’s something I would love to do when I retire. Oh to always have kittens and puppies in the house 🙂

    And of course all my cats are rescues, either from the shelter or directly from the street!

  8. OMG! that’s the cutest case of kitten face syndrome I’ve ever seen!

    Check out my kitten face syndrome theory here:

  9. Mary (the first) says:

    I’m in the same position.. almost-21-yr-old kitteh does NOT want a baby running around, but someday I’ll be able to realize my dream of being a foster mom to kittehs and puppehs maybe and whatever!

  10. Adorable!

  11. Nothing quite as cute as a baby kitteh…or puppeh….or whatever.

    My family and I rescue. We foster. Most of the time, the fosters end up staying forever with us. Not just because we get too attached, but because our area has been hit hard and people just don’t have the ability to take in a pet. 3 (DC, Tigger, and Poppy) were rescues after my MIL wasn’t able to take care of them. Same goes for Jazzy, Maxie, Mr. Grumps, Moustachey, and several others. In the last year we adopted a total of 10 who were either left behind when the family had lost their homes or who we were asked to take because they couldn’t care for them anymore.

    There must be a neon sign visible to cats and dogs only above the property that states – Love and Snuggles Here! – Because they all come. We even ended up with 2 new dogs for the same reason – left behind!

  12. Good of you to take care of all those abandoned dogs and cats. I hope you have a BIG house! 😆

  13. Thank you for this important message. I volunteer at the kitten nursery at my local shelter and we couldn’t manage without our foster families. Big hugs to everyone who opens their hearts and homes to a kitty (or puppy) who need some help in life.

  14. I foster kittens, and it’s just WONDERFUL. My own cats are of mixed opinions about this, but the kittens mainly stay in a separate room, so my cats still have their own territory — very important to cats. Towards the end of the foster, when they are approaching the two-pound/two-month mark when they’re ready to go to their new homes, we do have a few supervised kitten adventures in the Big House. Best fun EVAH, both for us and the kittens. Usually the adult cats watch from above, on chairs and coffee tables, etc., while the kittens gambol and dash around. One of our cats likes playing uncle and giving tongue baths.

    My three fosters have reached graduation day today, I wish I had little graduation caps for them — although they/d never stay on. All three adorable ones have reached two pounds, they have been eating like wolves! and they are eight weeks. They are ready to graduate back to the Humane Society, get their snippety-snip surgeries, and find their forever homes.

    I have fostered about 50 kittens this past two years, and I love them all, but it’s basically kitten babysitting, they aren’t mine. Or maybe like boarding school – when these three arrived two weeks ago (can’t believe it!), they were scared of everything, not sure if they could trust me, eating very little. What a change loving care and LOTS of kisses for two weeks can make!

    For me, I LOVE having kittens around and don’t mind the extra work. I don’t have to go through the kitten-adolescent stage, when they are tearing up the house; these guys are leaving before that all happens. I get the BEST kitten stage, I think. If you’ve ever thought about it — give it a try! It’s only a VERY short-term commitment, then you give them back!

  15. niki smith says:

    While we’re on the ‘please help cute animals live good lives’ conversation, if any of you are from California and you have a little free time, you might want to check out a volunteer shift at the Marine Mammal Center nearest you!

  16. just curious: is there such a thing as TOO cute???

  17. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    I fostered close to 10 semi-feral kittens one summer. Wonderful experience. Then I was told about two bottle-babies, whose mother and sibling had been killed, who also needed help. I took them in a fed them and returned them to the organization so they could be adopted. One got adopted. Then I became a “foster failure” with the second one. He lives with me and my old curmudgeonly street cat who had thought the deal was that he would be the only cat in the house. I loved all my fosters, but only really connected with the one I adopted.

    It’s so worth doing. You have no idea how helpful it is to overtaxed shelter organizations this time of year.

  18. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Yes, but you would be so ded from the proshness and wouldn’t be able to let anyone else know! It’s a Catch-22.

  19. At first I read the hovertext as “until they reach an adorable age or weight.” Which they obviously are.

  20. marthava says:

    The lady looks a little like, “If you take me to your master, you can have this kitteh for dinner.”

  21. marthava says:

    The lady looks a little like, “If you take me to your master, you can have this kitteh for dinner.”

  22. Hear, hear! Giving money is always appreciated. I also volunteer at a homeless cat shelter one morning per week. I wish I could foster, but our cats are also older and set in their ways.

  23. What’s the extra little nose nozzle in the extreme closeup?

  24. victoreia says:

    I thought I was the only one who read it that way! [sigh of relief]

    Oh, and……BEEP!!!!1!!!

  25. 🙂 3/4 acre, nice size 3 bedroom house. Fenced in. 2 outbuildings critters go in/under. 3 dog houses set up for cats in the back yard and one in the carport. 4 dog houses set up for outdoor dogs (who mainly lounge around in one of the outbuildings on their cushions under the a/c anyway.). Patio. Sundeck. Porch swing. Some of the cats are a bit feral and do not want in the house (Lily, Star) others love to come in at night (Ghostkat, Jazzy) and some want to come in for love and noms then head back outside to chase bugs and sleep on the porch swing (DC.) And we have those who never want to go out but instead nestle down on cabinets, in baskets, on beds, and anywhere else a critter fits. It works.

  26. Trabb's Boy says:

    Wow, hi neighbour! Okay, I’m east of the river (dog country), but TO anyway. LOVE your blog and will visit again and again!

  27. Get rid of your husband then. 😉

  28. curious says:

    Cute kitty, especially the expression (“Hello, World?”), though I admit I’m transfixed by the hands and face of the foster parent.

  29. “Too cute” is what Cuteoverload is all about, grasshopper. 🙂

  30. Hmmnn….I always did say: if you can’t live with’em, bury ’em under the rosebushes….
    “Honey, I think we need to do some landscaping…”
    *(Hopes this isn’t taking the joke TOO far?)*

  31. AWESOME!!

  32. Rosewolf, you ROCK. Giving our four-legged angels a place to call home is awesome, but your house sounds like the kind of place I would like to stay, too!

  33. I don’t have the words to tell you how wonderful all you foster parents are – thank you all for giving shelter to those little souls who need you! I’m highly allergic and travel a lot for work, so I can’t be their dependable yet happy servant, 24/7. I donate money and supplies but I am envious of you all!

    Purely personal note: Being a foster mom to cats and kittens is helping my sister through the loss of her daughter. My niece died just over a year ago, and my sister and BIL will never be the same. My sister began to volunteer at a local shelter and became a foster mom. She felt so helpless and lost, and needed to care for someone and make it all better for them. One cat with kittens turned into a couple more and, before she knew it, she had 8 or 10 at a time. But she began to smile for real last summer thanks to the little handfuls of kitten-shaped fluff who needed her, and their loving mothers. THIS is why I call kitties “fuzzy angels”!

    Fostering really is rewarding and fulfilling – in my sister’s case, maybe even lifesaving. Again, all you foster parents are awesome!

  34. kittens not kids says:

    I have three permanent cats, none of whom are especially interested in having Newcomers intruding. But I foster kittens, and close them off in my spare room, and this works out pretty well for all of us. My personal cats occasionally hiss under the door, and make outraged faces, but otherwise go about their daily business; the kittens busily knock over everything in the spare room, and we’re all happy. Even when the little ones escape, it’s usually pretty easy to get them rounded up and tucked safely back in “their” room. There are usually longish breaks between fosters, so it isn’t a constant sharing for my personal cats, but I get the awesomeness of 1) fostering and 2) KITTENS! throughout the year. And everyone’s pretty happy. So even those of you with older possessive cats, if you have a spare room, you might still be able to foster. It’s SUCH a rewarding experience! And not as hard to “take them back” as you might think – because you know they’re going to a good home, and soon a new batch of tiny ones will come your way!

  35. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    Rosewolf & anyone else who has taken in strays (I have 2 & one came from a vet’s)..look at your forehead very closely. You MIGHT be able to see “SUCKER” very clearly. All critters can see it. Trust me on this.

  36. kodalai says:

    Er, is that a lady? I thought it might be a dude…

  37. kibblenibble says:

    Wow, Shari, that is a wonderful example of the healing power of having relationships with animals. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  38. Noelegy says:

    I thought from the face it might be a somewhat androgynous man. Then I saw the hands. Now I don’t know what to think!


  40. AWW 😦 I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your niece, Shari 😦

    I am glad to hear that your sister is able to foster kitties 🙂 You are correct to call them “fuzzy angels” for that is what they are 🙂

  41. Me too 😀

  42. I came real close to smashing my fingers into my monitor in a bid to grab that little cutie and that is something that rarely happens to me. I so want to snorgle that little sweetie.

  43. victoreia says:

    😆 😆 “Get rid of your husband” *snerk*

  44. Emmberrann says:

    I just Knew that this little marmie was Teho bait! *Waves hello to Theo–how ya doin’,man?*

  45. Empressgoth says:

    Okaaay Did we not Talk About this ..tapping foot on floor (TOO MUCH CUTENESS CAN KILL! (STOP IT STOP IT NOW)..falls dead on floor.

  46. Formica says:

    I keep waiting for the surprised little eyes to *plink* but they never dooooo!

    Also, fostering is wonderful! My kitties are *ahem* former fosters. They’re pretty new, so no foster kittens for me this spring. However, next spring…

  47. LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann) says:

    Rosewolf wins! That is all.

  48. Oh it’s there alright!

    We don’t just stop at cats and dogs, ya see. I’ve rescued a tarantula from Deathco, I have a rescue fish tank in the living room, I’ve rescued other tarantulas and reptiles, we’ve rescued mice, rats, hammies, birds. My grandparents when they had a bigger property had rescued ponies, chickens, and goats.

    People forget that there are other critters besides cats and dogs that need help. But they know us suckers when they see us!

  49. Rosewolf: you and your family are blessed….♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  50. Space Cowgirl says:

    It’s dangerous to go alone! Here, take this.