Foster home turns into furever home for an abused kitty
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.”