My Life Pets

Birthdays and Foster Cats

Eleanor and Brandon both celebrated birthdays last week. There were phone calls and Zoom meetings with friends, and the best surprise birthday serenades from the sidewalk. Earlier today, we returned the favor for another family member’s birthday. We sang and danced in front of their house to YMCA and I maybe drew a fake mustache and dressed like a construction worker and then realized my face would be covered with a mask? I think the look still worked though, honestly.

Happy Birthday Signs

And we’re fostering cats! The timing worked out so that I could pick them up and bring them here on Brandon’s birthday. They’re sisters and shy (Samantha especially), but so sweet. They’re also beautiful. So smol! Jeannie is a calico, and Samantha has patches of black and white.

Foster Cats

You can tell which one was easier to get a photo of! Both cats are available for adoption as a bonded pair through the Animal Care League here in Oak Park. I imagine they’ll be here with us for a while since shelters are still closed, but reach out to the ACL if you’re interested.

My family is of course hoping I’ll say we can keep them.

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  • Linda
    May 7, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Welcome to fostering! We have 4 kittens and a Mom who just had 5 kittens in our upstairs Guest Bath. We have even done a couple of contactless adoptions since this started.

  • Samantha
    May 7, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Well done fostering! I have 3 kittens who are 8 weeks old and heading to their new homes tomorrow. It is so fun!

  • Kristin
    May 9, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Oh my gosh, keep them!

    I wouldn’t assume you’ll have them long-term because the shelters are closed. Around me the shelters are closed and all the animals in foster homes, but they’re getting adopted from the foster homes at a very fast rate. If anything, the shelters are having trouble finding enough pets for all the people who want to adopt. I’m pretty sure they’re bringing them in from out of state shelters (which they often do, as we’re a state of pet lovers, but they’re bringing in even more now).

    • Making it Lovely
      May 9, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      I think you’re right because they may already be spoken for! We’re looking at a Monday morning adoption unless something changes between now and then.

  • dd
    May 23, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    My sweet Eleanor turns an astonishing 30 on Tuesday, and she is still the same rambunctious pistolero she was the day we met. Now I see her spirit in her own six-month old rapscallion, already nicknamed Doodle. Embrace each day, each smile, every memory. Best wishes!

  • Julia
    June 4, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Aw, such sweet girls. We should look into fostering cats or maybe adopting one more cat. My partner and I have been quite lonely during the isolation (not lonely in a traditional sense but simply missing our friends/family, mixed in with wanting to get out of the house) and adopting a cat has been the greatest of pleasures thus far and has helped our mental state tremendously.