Spunky Bella Goes Home after Year in Foster Care
Last May a small, calico cat and her tiny kittens were transferred to the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) from Louisville Metro Animal Services. The mother cat, now named Bella, and her three kittens needed a quiet place to stay until the kittens were old enough to be adopted.
Foster volunteers Christina Bellflowers and Jennifer Thai agreed to take the family for a few weeks. The mother cat took excellent care of her kittens, and soon her babies were ready for adoption. Then Christina noticed something unusual on Bella's skin: a dime-sized bald spot. It was ringworm, a highly contagious but not serious fungal infection.
The kittens were quickly separated and adopted, but Bella needed to remain in foster care for a few months until her infection cleared. Christina and Jennifer enjoyed the spunky little cat, so they agreed to care for her. Bella was given her own room to prevent the household's two cats and two dogs from catching ringworm.
The KHS veterinary team prescribed a medicated dip, but that irritated Bella's skin. They tried an athletic foot cream, which helped, but soon another spot appeared. They next tried an oral medicine, which made her sick. Finally an antifungal cream did the trick.
By the time Bella's ringworm was cured, she had been in foster care for 11 months—an unusually long time for a foster animal. Christina admits it was hard to see her go.
"She was so tiny, but when she was over the ringworm, she would smack around our other cats. We loved her, but our animals didn't," says Christina.
Christina brought her back to KHS, and just five days later, Pamela Frasher and her two young daughters came looking for a cat companion. Bella immediately walked up to Pamela and started purring, and Pamela knew this was to be her cat. The family adopted Bella, and she and the family's seven-year-old daughter became best friends.
"We call her our little diva cat. She wears a sparkly collar, and she shakes to ring her bell like she's really something," says Pamela with a laugh.
Christina was thrilled to learn how loved Bella is in her new home, where she is the only cat.
"It was sad to see her leave, but I'm so happy to hear she found a permanent home with a family that treats her like the princess she is," she says.
Open your home and heart... temporarily
Each spring hundreds of kittens and puppies are brought to the Kentucky Humane Society. Many will need temporary homes for a few days or weeks until they are old enough to be adopted. You can make a difference in the number of animals we help by becoming a Kentucky Humane Society foster parent. It's fun and you'll make a difference for pets in need. Call 502-366-3355 or visit kyhumane.org.