Cheryl Wicks
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June 21, 2013
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Why you oughta’ wanna’ foster animals

“I’ve been fostering since my girls were 9 and 12 years old (they’re 20 and 22 now); and I can honestly say that fostering the mother dogs and their litters will be some of their greatest childhood memories.”

This is a comment by one of Sammie’s Friends long-term foster parents. At this time of the year, we especially need people who can foster litters of kittens, some with their mamas and some on their own. What a sad way to come into the world, so tiny you cannot fend for yourself and no one to care for you. Every year, Sammie’s Friends receives about 500 kittens in the springtime. It is overwhelming for our very small staff. If we didn’t have wonderful foster parents, we simply couldn’t do it. Our “fosters” are “gold,” and we love, love, love them for their big hearts and their kindness. 

If this is something you would like to do, please call us at 530-471-5041. We provide supplies and needed medical care. You supply the care, love and attention. There is nothing more satisfying than watching the little ones grow and eventually be adopted into loving homes.  

Fostering is such a rewarding experience. Everyone asks me, “How can you do it? Don’t you get too attached to the animal to give them up?” In reality, it is so rewarding and heartwarming to see each of them go to a wonderful “forever” home! Our foster program is not just for kittens; we get puppies too, although not nearly as many.                                                                                                               

If you are not into babies you might enjoy fostering our geriatric animals. We have one wonderful volunteer who takes our old renal failure kitties and lets them live out their lives in peace. We also have a foster who takes in our old dogs and lets them live out their lives with them. Sometimes this last little bit of time is the best of times for dogs and cats that have not had a lifetime of love and protection. It gives these fosters an immense amount of pleasure to do this for the old guys. We are ever so grateful for these people who will do this. 

Sammie’s Friends pays for the medical care until the animal passes.

We can also provide food. Another category of animals needing fostering is sick or injured animals who really can’t be adopted until they are well. For instance, right now we have a dog with a broken femur in a foster home. He will recover and then be placed up for adoption by Sammie’s Friends.

Please help the animals, and do yourself a favor. Caring for these animals will boost your spirit and fill your heart, knowing you did something wonderful for creatures who can’t do it for themselves.

A big thank-you from Sammie’s Friends to all of our fosters and a big request to ask others to join us in this amazing experience. Call Sammie’s Friends at 530-471-5041. One last request — please spay and neuter so we don’t receive so many unwanted animals. If you need help to do this, call us. Last year we paid for about 2,000 animals in the community to be spayed/neutered, and we can do it again. In the long run it is the only answer.

Cheryl Wicks is the executive director of Sammie’s Friends. The shelter can be reached at 530-471-5041.                                                                                                                  


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