Time to Update

To be honest, I kind of completely forgot about blogging.

Things have been going really well. Life has not been one struggle after another, but more of what I think it should be like. More fun moments than sad, more laughs than tears, more hope than despair.

I still have quite a bit to work out in therapy with V, but for once it actually feels as though this will eventually have an end rather than just feeling so overwhelmed by my issues that I couldn't find a beginning or end.

The biggest change in my life is that I've started fostering cats through the humane society. I started volunteering there this summer when I had to put my sweet 20 year old kitty to sleep and have gone up the ranks pretty quickly. I am loving it!

I got my first foster kitty by accident. She and her 4 sisters were abandoned because of some really bad circumstances with the lady who owned them. They were able to find homes and placements for all but Precious, who I ended up taking in somewhat of an emergency situation. She was about 8 years old and I had great luck in finding her a wonderful family in less than 6 weeks, which is almost unheard of given her age and her coloring.

My most recent foster kitty I got after Christmas break when her owners gave her back because they were going through a divorce (I don't get why that means you abandon your pet, but whatever). Caroline was very afraid (I'm thinking there was a lot of yelling in her old home) but warmed up to me and my kittens quickly. Caroline got adopted on Tuesday this week, which again was extremely fast! My supervisors keep asking me if I'm some sort of magician! ;)

Our adoption coordinator is setting me up with a new placement tomorrow. She often goes to the shelter and rescues the pregnant ones or others that are in danger of not being adopted and put to sleep. I'm getting a 5 month old black male and I'm so excited! Black cats are the absolute hardest to adopt out (which is crazy because they are just like any other cat) but I'm hoping that since I've had such luck that I'll find this little guy a home quickly!

My kitties just turned 9 months old this week. They are getting so big! I LOVE them. They both have such great personalities and are so laid back. They haven't had an issue with the foster cats coming in and out, they just go with the flow!


Catherine said...
January 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Glad to hear things are going well for you. Missed you over here in blogland.

Such cute kits! How lucky!

xx, C

Sarah (Nikki) said...
January 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hey Lily....it has been awhile but I'm thrilled to read how good things are going. Cheering for you and those furry felines...adorable. I believe animals are so healing.....

Sarah (Nikki) said...
January 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hey Lily....it has been awhile but I'm thrilled to read how good things are going. Cheering for you and those furry felines...adorable. I believe animals are so healing.....

God's Little People said...
January 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Dear Lily
Well, you know it from your own experience - but there is nothing to help one heal than to have cats around! My life has been full of bumps and bruises and a whole lot of losses - and I tell you, getting into the cat rescuing business (to use a crude word) has been THE best healing in the world. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your 20 year old cat - I do know that feeling it all hits you again and it stings just the same. I my experience it actually takes a long while to recover from the loss of a cat. But it naturally helps the healing being able to offer life and healing to other cats in need whilst the heart mends. I am sure the foster cats thrive in your presence - I can imagine you'll be famous for speedy adoptions!
Thanks for sharing your lovely images and thanks for your always sweet words on my blog.

Marg said...
January 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Hi there Lily, good to meet you. I found you over at Joan's and just like to meet new people. Also thanks so much for fostering the cats. That is such a wonderful thing to do. I have 19 cats here that are mostly feral cats that the neighbors abandoned or were born to a feral momma. The cats are my life. They are such wonderful companions. I just lost one of my special cats right after Christmas and it still hurts. Nice to meet you. Have a super Sunday.

middle child said...
January 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM

You are doing well! Working with the cats has to be so fun and fullfilling. Augh, is that even a word? I am surprised that black cats are hard to place. I would much prefer them to a tabby or other common cat. Enjoy living your life. We will be here anytime you need us. Peace.

misssrobin said...
January 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

They are adorable. I'm glad they bring you joy.

It sounds like things are going so much better for you. I'm so glad.