Our Blog Hop post concerns, literally, a case of life or death. We let Mum tell the story as several of us were not blogging, or simply too small oursselves at the time of this rescue. Take it away Mum * looks at Whskr *.

Mother and kittens
Tawhai and Kittens – Upper Hutt Animal Rescue

Last Spring (2013) in New Zealand, I was working as a volunteer at Upper Hutt Animal Rescue. It is my regular Friday job – both a joy and a pleasure to help look after the rabbits and cats at my small local rescue. We had finished our cleaning work and were about to have a welcome cup of tea as our Welfare Officer discussed with the Duty Manager how they were going to cope with the tiny kittens dumped on the Rescue’s doorstep.

Cute kittens
It did not take them long to learn the best escape route!

Our hard working Welfare Officer was saying – “……if we can’t find a space for them, or the kittens and mum I am currently fostering – they will not live long…..” (the WO literally had an house FULL of kittens at this point).  Mum pondered for a moment then asked. Would there be a crate for the kittens? We would want them to be safe while in our care, and, would someone be able to bring them over? The answers Yes and Yes meant Mum volunteered our home to host Tawhai the cat and her litter of four kittens safe, so the Welfare Officer could have room for the tiny bottle fed babies.

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Dad had a bit of a surprise when he got home, but the situation was explained and there was no question we had done the right thing. As a result of us taking the kittens another family as well as their own was saved.

Cameron crashes
Cameron crashes

The kittens proved to be a blessing and a delight during their stay with us, we watched them grow, they interacted well with the family already in residence and grew up unafraid of people and other non-family cats.  Each has gone on to be blessed with a loving home thanks to UHARS. So, if you have a space, fostering can be a real blessing to a rescue, you host kittens and ahve their smallest most wonderful moments before they return to their rescue. Considering fostering if you can.

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8 Comments

  1. Christy Paws

    October 7, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Wonderful story. Mom says fostering is one of the best ways to help your local shelter or rescue. Thank you for fostering and helping save two families.
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  2. Bev Green

    October 7, 2014 at 12:34 am

    What a lovely post..and so true that by fostering and freeing up shelter space more lives are saved…so glad you were there for those in need. Fozziemum 🙂
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  3. Glogirly & Katie

    October 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Miss Marjorie… what a beautiful post. You have a heart of gold. We’re so very happy you were able to step in for those sweet kitties. Your story warms our furry little hearts.
    xo
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  4. Brian

    October 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, there is cute everywhere!
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  5. The Island Cats

    October 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Those kittens are adorable! Thanks for fostering them.
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  6. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    October 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Oh Miss Marjorie, how PAWSOME to have takn the kittens and Mum to foster. Indeed, fostering is one of the most enjoyable, yet often most demanding, way to Paw It Forward. Rescues never ever have enough quality fosters in their pipeline…no matter what country. Paw pats , Savvy. Thank you for joining my blog hop
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  7. The Swiss Cats

    October 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Those kitties are very lucky to have met your mom ! Purrs
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  8. Summer

    October 5, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I’m so glad you were there for those kitties! I love hearing great stories like these.
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