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ASPCA Happy Tails: Foster Kitten Becomes a Forever Pet

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 2:30pm
Tiny orange kitten

At the ASPCA, we have nothing but love for the members of our Foster Care Program. These generous, kind-hearted people open their homes to young, sick, or small animals that are not yet ready for permanent placement, and give them love and comfort until they’re ready to move on. So when we heard about Leia, a tiny kitten who won the heart of her foster mom, we had a feeling she was something special. We tracked down Emily H. to find out just how Leia went from temporary resident to full-time family member. Here is their very Happy Tail.

“When I first met Leia, she was so tiny,” recalls Emily. “She was smaller than her littermates, Han Solo and Padme, and she wouldn’t eat.” An expert foster mom, Emily syringe-fed Leia baby food for a week to help her gain some weight and find her appetite. The Force must have been strong back then, as the intimate feeding experience bonded the two in a way that Emily could not deny. “When the other foster kitties went back to the shelter to find their forever homes, I already knew that Leia’s forever home was with us.”

In the year since her adoption, Leia has grown into a perfect pet. Thanks to Emily’s persistence, the teeny kitten mastered the art of eating—in fact, Emily is thinking it might be time to cut back! She is so curious and playful that it’s almost easy to forget how timid and small she once was.

A true testament to the power of fostering, Emily left us with an encouraging message. “Shelters are full of beautiful cats with incredible personalities, and I cannot recommend the foster program enough. Your new best friend might be waiting for you right now at the ASPCA!”

For more information on Fostering, please visit the ASPCA Foster Program Page. To submit your own Happy Tail, email [email protected] and we might feature it on the blog!

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Jeannie

Foster parents like Emily are angels.

Christina

I am glad she is in a good home to be cared for for the rest of her wonderful life.
God bless you Emily for taking such goog care of her :-)

Marcia

Yes, Foster parents like Emily are angels! I know for a fact that she is an amazing force of nature for uplifting humanity in general no matter what the cause is! She is my daughter! Go Emily! So proud you married my son and have brought this beauty into your life and rescued her into such a loving home. She was meant to be yours.

Marcia

Yes, Foster parents like Emily are angels! I know for a fact that she is an amazing force of nature for uplifting humanity in general no matter what the cause is! She is my daughter! Go Emily! So proud you married my son and have brought this beauty into your life and rescued her into such a loving home. She was meant to be yours.

Anonymous

i love ginger tabbies; bless your heart, Emily, for caring and loving one. ^_^

kay

Oh love to see these happy tails;) She's a cutie, love orange cats too, oh heck, I love them all!

anndaylor840@ho...

I have always loved kitties and cats, always had one or two as a child.I had a ginger tabby who died last summer. She was a sweetheart and the love of the campus where I live.Another homeless
calico has arrived. She comes twice a day for for her meals but as of yet will not allow me to pet her. Maybe, in time.!

Trish

She is a completely changed cat! Amazing.

Peg

Bless you Emily and all who lend themselves to helping God's creatures. I have had the joy of adopting all my animals for decades from shelters and have been rewarded with the love and affection they have given to me.

Carl Klein

God Bless-You are truly wonderful people.

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