Fostering pets is rewarding, challenging and heartbreaking all at the same time. Some of the fur babies arriving in a foster parent’s home have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
They may need additional nourishment to get up to a suitable weight. They may need heaps and heaps of tender love. They may need to be retrained and socialized.
After all the hard work and love poured into a pet to prepare them for a new permanent home, it’s really tough to say goodbye.
Even though the animal is ready to love again, it’s hard to send them on their way to claim their furever home.
Lauren Boutz, 41, loves to foster animals and prepare them for the next stage in their lives. The New Mexico pet mom recently has been fostering absolutely adorable kittens named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, named after The Powerpuff Girls.
The five-week-old kittens are fluffy, beautiful and kind. It wouldn’t be hard to find them a new home, Boutz first thought.
Social media took care of that for her after Lauren’s partner Gary Sanchez snapped the best photo ever of Blossom. It’s gone viral!
The biochemistry student fosters kittens for the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department, she shared on Facebook.
“These are my Powerpurr Girls: Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.”
Blossom made sure to encourage people everywhere to consider adopting her and her pals by preening and grinning hugely at the camera. The awesome photo has made its way across Facebook and Twitter where people cannot get enough of Blossom’s smile.
Glo Voelker posted, “How can they be so beautiful and adorable????” Facebook user Lopaka Ani said she’s “adopt her in a heartbeat.” Melanie Smith agreed.
“That would be a foster failure for me. I would fall in love already.”
Facebook user Catherine Marie Paler-Jimenez said the photo “made my day.” Brenda Bergin thanked Lauren for the work she does fostering animals.
Other Facebook users like Denise Inight sympathized with Lauren who will ultimately have to say goodbye to the social media darling known as Blossom when she’s ready to head to a new home along.
“The end result is worth it! We save lives and help these wonderful loving creatures. The hardest part for me, (besides dealing with my allergies) is the dreaded ride to Lucky Paws where I say goodbye. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve sat in the parking lot by the boot store and cried.”
The Best Friends Animal Society said that fostering a pet allows the animal to relax more than in a shelter environment so that potential adopters can see just how perfect they would be and fit in their home. The pets can learn new skills in a more relaxed environment.
And while shelters are better than a pet wandering around alone on the streets, having a loving, warm home to learn how to assimilate into a home is the best option. Fostering also allows a pet to stretch their legs and exercise versus spending quite a bit of time in a kennel.
These photos of Blossom and her sidekicks are simply adorable! We hope they find loving, wonderful homes when they’re ready.
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