My Journey Into Rescue — Honoring My Rescue Cat Pippa’s Reminiscence



Rising up on a small farm in Indiana meant I used to be surrounded by animals my whole childhood. I grew up in a “cat household” and had a number of kitties in my house together with many goats, chickens, canines, and different kitties on the farm.

I adopted my first cat “alone” once I moved to Boston for graduate college. After 4 years in faculty and not using a cat continuously by my aspect I knew I might instantly undertake a cat once I moved to my new metropolis. And so two days after transferring I discovered myself in a PetSmart selecting up my very own kitten from an area rescue group. I adopted Pippa in 2013 and we had seven great years collectively. She was sassy, sensible, playful, mischievous, and snuggly– the total cat package deal! We ultimately moved to D.C. and she or he charmed each roommate I had into changing into a “cat individual.” Early in 2020 the pandemic hit and I started to note adjustments in her urge for food, mannerisms, and vitality. Numerous vet visits, dental procedures, and infinite drives to vet specialists later, I discovered she had a big and aggressive tumor rising in her head. To say it was a devastating analysis doesn’t even describe the heartbreak I felt. She was solely seven years previous and so wholesome earlier than this happened– we had so a few years forward of us that have been taken from us with a single analysis.

Dropping my finest fur pal within the midst of a worldwide pandemic was extremely arduous, and for a number of months I felt immense grief each day. However every time I visited with buddies who had cats I felt a bit of spark of pleasure once more. I knew I used to be not able to undertake but, however felt that having a cat round would assist ease my ache – and so I reached out to Fortunate Canine to foster cats. Really the most effective choice I might make!
I fostered a number of cats, every one with a distinct character that was so enjoyable to get to know. I even helped one in every of my finest buddies undertake one in every of my fosters! These candy cats introduced a lot pleasure into my house which earlier than had been crammed with a lot sorrow. I actually assume fostering is likely one of the finest methods to ease your ache after the lack of a pet.

(a few of my fosters Ollie, Haverty, and Hal (now Addie and Finn!)
Ultimately I moved into the function of adoption coordinator with Fortunate Canine. I’m now part of a tremendous and supportive group of cat adoption coordinators and really feel so fortunate to have discovered a volunteering function that makes me glad! Serving to save cats from the shelter and discover their ceaselessly house has been one of the simplest ways to honor Pippa’s reminiscence. Perhaps at some point I might help you undertake your future fur child!

As a enjoyable word, within the spring of 2021 I adopted two shelter kittens of my very own, Margot and Milo. Aren’t they the cutest?

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