Heather, the kitten foster near New Orleans, Louisiana, knows from experience that kitten season can be extremely hard. Nevertheless, she and groups like the Tomato Foster Club do their best, volunteering to save sick, neonatal, and special needs kittens.
There are always setbacks, heartbreaks, and lots of backbreaking work involved. Despite making every heroic effort, things can go wrong for tiny kittens very quickly and unexpectedly. But when things go well, each tiny victory is a cause for celebration.
As we know, kittens are the cutest, but their sheer numbers, particularly in spring, are always overwhelming. In warmer states like Louisiana, kitten season lasts longer. For anybody who has experienced this first-hand, they know all too well that “Hell is Kitten Season.” We hope, one day, TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs will help change that by preventing so many kittens, to begin with. But that day is not today. In the meantime, rescuers always need more foster providers.
In 2022 rescuers also had to contend with Covid as kitten season was in full swing. But they always do their best every day for each little fluffy life. Ultimately, they save thousands, each providing a lifetime of companionship for adopted families.
As foster providers know, even their little poops indicate when everything is going well.
“Ducky is still TEENY TINY,” she said. “Everyone has beautiful poops and perfect round little tummies. Ugh, I love what I do, even though sometimes it almost rips my heart out. Thank you to everyone who’s been so supportive, you have no idea how much it means to me when I’m running on E and wondering what I’ve gotten myself into,” she said.
“Little Ducky is doing great!! She is officially 1.6 pounds as of this morning!! I was worried there for a little bit, but she is clearly back on the track to hit 2 pounds for surgery. Thank you to everyone who sent wet food and positive vibes!! Lord knows that we needed and used a lot of them ”