November is “National Adopt-A-Senior Pet” month dedicated to helping older, orphaned pets, get adopted into new families.
Happy Paws Kitten Rescue foster mom, Patsy Caughron, fostering these four-legged felines is something she encourages people to explore this holiday season.
“For people who have the ability to open their home and open their hearts, it gives these animals, a chance to survive, thrive and get the care they need, before they move on to their forever home,” Caughron said.
In May, Caughron became a foster mom to Sunny, a 10-year-old black cat, who was once a stray cat.
“I saw a photo of Sunny online, with Happy Paws, and said, ‘I want to help him, so I asked my husband, and of course he said yes,’” Caughron said. “I immediately became a foster, brought him into my home, got his health back on track and opened my home and just started showing him lots of love.”
Caughron said although Sunny had a few medical issues, including deafness, stomach issues and mild allergies, nor her sweet Sunny is completely healed from his minor health issues, and he’s ready to find his forever home.
“My job right now, is to find the right home for Sunny. He is available for adoption, right now. The next steps would be for his potential adopting family to go to Happy Paws Kitten Rescue and fill out an application,” Caughron said.
Caughron said fostering pets, just like Sunny affords them an opportunity they wouldn’t necessarily have without the fostering and adoption system.
Happy Paws Kitten Rescue has aided Caughron in this process of assisting Sunny, during these past few months. The rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter, medical treatment and care to homeless, abandoned and abused cats in East Tennessee.
“There are hundreds of thousands, if not more animals in our shelters, that are needing a home, everyday,” Caughron said. “Some shelters are euthanized animals, and they don’t even have a chance at a good rest of their lives. It’s really unfortunate, but it’s something we can all change, if we keep adopting.”