Adventures in kitten fostering - Citizens for Animal Protection - Houston, TX

A little over a month ago my family grew by two little furry minions. I have been wanting to volunteer my time to an animal rescue organization for awhile and Hurricane Harvey gave me just the nudge I needed. I am a long time animal lover and I have the problem of always wanting to adopt all the animals I see. Hurricane Harvey hit Houston really hard and many animals lost their homes and families because of it. The call to try to help them weighed pretty heavy on my heart.

I found out about the Citizens for Animal Protection shelter a little over a year ago when I adopted the baby of my family, Huckleberry Tot. I really love the shelter and everything they do for homeless and sick animals so I knew it was with them that I wanted to become a foster parent. I took the training class and two days later I had two kittens coming home with me that had been caught in the flood waters of Harvey.

Now these two, who are affectionately named Waldorf and Woodsen (bonus points if you know what/who inspired their names) have totally been the headliner of any story about the day. When I first picked them up Woodsen, the one with white feet, sat shivering in the back of his cage, quiet as a mouse, and once home didn't want to leave the safety of his cage home. His brother Waldorf was quite the opposite, he sat right at the front of his cage and cried/meowed the entire way from the shelter to the house and as soon as we were home wanted to investigate everything. I thought for sure I had their personalities figured out but boy were they playing a trick on me! The more I've gotten to know them the more I've noticed they are almost the exact opposites of what I thought. Woodsen is the little instigator of all. He loves to play with all kinds of toys, spill his food bowl so he can roll in it then eat it, and jump on his brother when he's not looking. He's rough and tough and all boy! He has a sweet side to him too but his playful side is always out in full force! Waldorf my little crier is actually the tenderhearted one. He loves to play as well but he is definitely the follower to his brother. He takes part in all the silliness but he loves a good snuggle from his people! They both love to play with their older foster brother Huck and he loves them just as much. They must all know they have someplace in common in their history. 

I love watching these two babies get healthy and grow up. Its not going to be easy to let them go but I will be so proud to watch them go on to a permanent home that will love them as much as I do!

Heather Navratil

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