Jun 11, 2012 11:36 PM by Kathy Kuretich

Foster families crucial during kitten season

It's the height of kitten season... the time of year when there's a big population boom.
While area shelters are reporting the numbers are down, rescue groups say the issue is far from over.

As a stay at home mom to two young boys, Kristen Janich already has a full time job. But her home and her heart was open for more so she took on this litter of five adorable kittens.
"It's the best, it's such a great feeling. I love helping out, and I love the experience for my boys," she said.

The kittens were found in an apartment complex drainage pipe in Atascadero. Cathy Enns founder of the non-profit "Paws Cause" came to their rescue. This litter is just one of several others in Paws Cause foster homes.
"We'd like to think that we're making a difference, but I think other organizations are down because we have 80 kittens in foster," said Enns.

The kittens live with Kristen's family until their 8 or 9 weeks. They get the love, attention and socialization they need to become great pets for any family.
"They pretty much go to their adoptive homes ready for anything," said Enns.

But when that times comes, Kristen is not always ready.
"Oh it's so sad. I get really attached to them. My son is just as sad as I am when we get rid of them but we all try to hide the emotions," she said.

But she knows they're going to loving homes. Kristen personally finds and checks out each family before they can adopt.
Cathy's two foster kittens Spidey and Bedbug are still looking for their families, but the good news is all of Kristen's kittens will soon be heading to their new homes.
"It makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile," Kristen said.

The organization Paws Cause held a massive cat spay day back in February.
More than 20 volunteers altered about 100 north county cats.



Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at feedback@ksby.com, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.

Thank you! KSBY.com

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4