Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Foster Diaries #1: Sami the tortie

Hello, lovely blog followers!

The NYU semester has wrapped up, and I am very much enjoying the beginning of summer. I am still student teaching my 7th graders every morning and tutoring kindergarteners in the afternoon. When the school year ends on the last Friday of June, I'll begin my summer position as a camp counselor for the 92Y Trailblazers. At the moment, I'm very much enjoying this intermediate period! More than anything, I now have an unusual amount of free time, and I'm becoming very involved in a fantastic rescue organization called Zani's Furry Friends.

One of the ways I've been helping out is by fostering shy or undersocialized kitties who need a quiet and loving environment in which to thrive. The first of my foster babes, who went to a wonderful furrever home today (!) is Sami. Sami is a teeny, painfully shy, one-year-old tortie girl of just four pounds. This sweet pea was pulled off the kill list at Animal Control a month ago, but had some trouble in her previous foster home, which had many pets and people. In the five days she was with me, she went from cowering (but never hissing) at my touch to responding to affection! Now, Sami is in the very capable hands of an experienced pet parent who will do a great job of fully socializing her!

The following pictures aren't great because Sami was crated/very shy, but nevertheless:
She caught a little cold at our last adoption event, but it cleared up right away
Much cuter here than when she woke me up every 45 minutes for 4 nights in a row!
Coming soon... Foster Diaries #2: Siamese Tiki!

P.S. Tabby is not a huge fan of the fostering idea, and generally ignores our bedroom, where the fosters are confined. However, she has been surprisingly good! She is still eating, showing affection, and has done no territorial -ahem- markings. I'm very proud of her, considering she hasn't met another cat since she left her litter-mates at two months old! And if anything, fostering just makes us love her curmudgeonly self even more :)
Doesn't she slightly resemble Barney from The Simpsons?