Today's Interview comes from Amelia Hughes of Cat & Birdie. I adore her blog, but really I just wanted an excuse to 'borrow' her header and share it all with you.. I mean seriously, look at it!!
Introduce yourself and where do you hail from?
My name is Amelia and I was born and raised in Michigan. After college, I spent ten years living in California and have spent the last fourteen years in Boston.
What rescue group, shelter or sanctuary do you foster for?
I currently foster for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
What kinds of animals do you normally foster?
I foster special needs cats, kittens, and occasionally puppies.
How did your adventure being a fosterer begin?
I volunteered at a lot of fix-a feral clinics and worked on animal hoarding cases, so I started fostering the semi-feral kittens from the clinics and the very sick kittens from hoarding situations.
|Amelia and foster - courtesy of Amelia Hughes|
We have a multi-cat house now and so our family is complete. With all of my experience working in animal welfare, I know our limitations (financially, emotionally, physically) to properly parent many fur kids and at some point it also clicked with me that although these fosters “need” me for a while, they don’t need me for life. I learned to have faith that most of the time they are going to find really great homes.
What is most frustrating for you as a foster?
The lack of progressive foster care programs for special needs cats and kittens….thankfully, this seems to be changing as we work to become a no-kill nation and examples/resources like Best Friends and Maddie’s Institute are on the frontline.
What is most rewarding?
Seeing the progress these kittens and cats make…the baby steps if you will. Whether it’s learning to trust people, or using the litter box for the first time, or seeing an older cat that has never seen a toy before start playing with it, these milestones are everything.
|Nine little kittens - courtsey of Amelia Hughes|
Do you have pets of your own? How do they respond to the foster animals?
We have many adult cats and one dog. Only our youngest cat (who turns two in July) has anything to do with the fosters and that is only if they are kittens. She is a really good role model when we foster those single orphan kittens that are 5 - 8 weeks old.
What kind of advice can you give to someone who might be wanting to become a foster?
Do it!!!! And talk to other foster parents who love fostering…they are a great resource. Also, it honestly will be one of the most rewarding, and at times, the most heartbreaking thing you will do….but it is worth every minute of it.
When you are not saving animals what do you like to do?
Sleep, flip through fashion and home magazines, and relax with family and friends over a nice bottle of wine.
|Philbert - courtesy of Amelia Hughes|
And now the questions from Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word?
Kittens…but you have to say it loud and pronounce it “KIH - TENS”
What is your least favorite word?
Juicy. Especially when it’s written on the backside of sweatpants.
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
People who won’t collaborate with others for the greater good.
What sound or noise do you love?
The sound my ginger cat Fennie makes when you pick her up. She literally says, “no, no, no.”
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
The f-bomb. It’s a classic.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
Anything that would require me to wear a suit.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“Welcome, the neonatal kitten nursery is to your left.”
|Chester - courtesy of Amelia Hughes|