Fos­ter home turns into fur­ever home for an abused kitty

Bay News - - AROUND TOWN -

The Welch fam­ily have fos­tered more than 100 kit­tens from the Tau­ranga SPCA and al­ways given them back . . . then along came Betty.

She had suf­fered burns to the pads of her paws, dam­aged claws and was se­verely mal­nour­ished, but that did not stop her cap­tur­ing their hearts.

Betty craved hu­man af­fec­tion and bonded in­stantly with 11-year-old Jay-Lee who has a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

Her mother, Emma, said Betty would sit on Jay-Lee’s shoul­der for cud­dles and they quickly be­came in­sep­a­ra­ble.

So three weeks ago the fam­ily broke its golden rule and adopted Betty, who had made her­self right at home. Fos­ter­ing was a great way to give back to the com­mu­nity Emma said, and it was aNew Year’s res­o­lu­tion four years ago which en­cour­aged her to vol­un­teer.

“Jay-Lee also ab­so­lutely loves an­i­mals so we also thought it would be good for her and even thoughwe had a fos­ter-fail with Betty, we hon­estly do not mind re­turn­ing them.”

The re­ward­ing part­was watch­ing them grow, she said.

“Each kit­ten has got per­son­al­ity, and some have had a bad start. When they first come to you, they are very shy, and some of them are a bit feral.

“Then you watch them blos­som and grow into this naughty lit­tle lively, mis­chievous kit­ten.”

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