Six myths about fostering … busted!

You’ve probably seen Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) asking for foster homes to care for rescued cats. And when we do, we often hear these myths -- so let’s tackle them!

Myth #1: I can’t foster because I have other animals.

Truth: With a proper introduction most pets enjoy having a temporary companion. In fact, 95% of RCR foster homes have resident cats, dogs or other pets. Our volunteers can teach you how to introduce foster cats to resident cats. Or you can always keep your foster cat separate from your other animals in a second bedroom, office, etc.

Resident cat Ollie enjoys the company of foster kittens in an RCR foster home.

Resident cat Ollie enjoys the company of foster kittens in an RCR foster home.

Myth #2: I can’t foster because I would keep all the cats.

Truth: Foster homes help rescued kitties get happy, healthy and ready for adoption, but we know many people get attached! As a foster parent you’re part of deciding who adopts your foster cat. And many adopters choose to stay in touch with the fosters by sending updates. So it’s actually a joyful and exciting time when your foster cat finds their forever homes!

Myth #3: I like to travel so fostering wouldn’t work for me.

Truth: This can be the perfect arrangement for fostering. You get the love and companionship of a cat, but with the freedom to travel too. Give us notice when you’ve got a trip planned and we'll move or care for your foster while you’re away!

Myth #4: I can’t foster without putting my animals in danger.

Truth: Our volunteers will work with you to make sure your foster is a good fit for your home and family. And we take steps to help ensure the health and safety of your animals when bringing in a rescued cat. This could mean:

  • quarantining kitties

  • doing blood tests for at-risk cats

  • administering vaccinations, and more.

Myth #5: Lots of people foster so RCR doesn’t need my help.

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Truth: We always need foster homes. The number of cats struggling to survive on the streets is always more than the number of foster homes we have. You can make all the difference to an abandoned, suffering animal by fostering.

Myth #6: Fostering is too big of a commitment

Truth: Fostering is less of a commitment than owning your own pet. We:

  • cover the veterinary care

  • can provide supplies like food and litter

  • take care of all the adoption details

You provide a safe and loving home!

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Cat loses leg after suspected animal cruelty

Last week, Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) was alerted to an injured cat in the Cathedral area. The cat — who we’ve since named Duke — was reported by a concerned citizen after he was seen limping with something tied around one of his legs. Duke had eluded his would be rescuers so RCR volunteers set out to humanely trap him.

Duke once he was safely trapped

Duke once he was safely trapped

Thankfully, he was trapped quickly and volunteers were able to get him to a vet to be assessed. Duke was suffering and in pain because he had a string tied tightly and double knotted around his rear left leg. The loss of circulation caused permanent damage and amputation was the only course of action to save his life.

You can view photos of Duke’s injury here , here and here. Warning - photos are very graphic.

Given that the string was double knotted around his leg, we suspect it was tied there deliberately. We also can’t rule out that it could have been part of a snare set by humans.

We’re telling Duke’s story so that his pain and misfortune can serve as a reminder to all pet guardians to keep their cats indoors for their own safety. There are countless dangers outdoors for cats, including traffic, poison, other animals, and humans with bad intentions.

Duke’s leg was successfully amputated on Friday and he’s currently recovering in an RCR foster home where he’s on pain medication and antibiotics to help him heal. We’re letting Duke take it one day at a time hoping that he may learn to trust humans and come out of his shell. For now, he prefers to stay safe and hidden in a kennel.

You can help Duke — and other cats in need — by donating to RCR by e-transfer, PayPal, cash or cheque. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more.

Six ways to save lives during kitten season

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes kitten season.

Kitten season is the time of year when shelters and rescues like Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) are inundated with kittens — kittens that were born to abandoned cats and from pet owners who aren’t prepared to care for their cat’s litter.

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While a flood of kittens sounds cute, it’s a huge drain on resources and every year we struggle to find enough time, money and foster space. But you can help save lives by taking one — or many! — of the following actions:

  1. Spay/neuter your pet cat. Regina has a cat overpopulation crisis — don’t contribute to it by allowing your pet to breed. Beat the heat and have your pets sterilized before kitten season starts!

  2. Spay/neuter community cats in your neighbourhood. Have a stray or community cat hanging around in your neighbourhood? Work with your neighbours, friends and family to pool together funds and come up with a plan to get your community’s cat sterilized.

  3. Sign up to foster with RCR. We have no shelter facility so all of our rescued cats and kittens need foster homes. We need foster homes to socialize/tame feral kittens, to act as emergency fosters for short term placements, to raise moms and babies, and for adult rescues.

  4. Donate kitten formula and food. We need KMR kitten formula for orphaned kittens that require bottle feeding to survive and cans of wet kitten food to help them grow strong. You can buy these items at most vet clinics and pet food stores. Donations can be dropped off at Excalipurr Cat Café (2156 Albert Street, Regina).

  5. Found kittens outside? Don’t panic. Their mom is probably hunting for food or for a safer nest. Watch the kittens from afar for a few hours to see if mom returns. The kittens’ best chance at survival is to be rescued with their mother — not without her.

  6. Sponsor the spay or neuter of rescued kitten. Sterilization is the final step for a rescued kitten on its journey to its forever home. Help get them there by sponsoring their spay or neuter!

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