Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the ARF cats welcomed the “spicy” litter of kittens.
Lulu: With all the comings and goings of dogs and cats here at ARF, we maybe appear to be a larger rescue than we really are.
Stevie: That could be. I hope the humans understand that ARF is a nonprofit group operated completely by volunteers.
Lulu: And the confusion I sometimes overhear has to do with surrendering dogs or cats.
Pepper: Very common, Lulu. ARF takes in dogs that are then placed with foster families until adoption, and from what I know, there are only two fosters as of now.
Whiskers: Only two?
Pepper: Right, and the fosters each have other dogs and cats of their own.
Stevie: So, what happens if someone wants to surrender a dog that doesn’t like cats or other dogs?
Pepper: ARF cannot accept them unless another foster, without pets, steps up.
Whiskers: That is so, so sad. What about people who need to rehome a cat?
Lulu: That all depends as well. ARF is limited to ten cats at a time, and because our cattery is an open one, the cat being considered must get along with other cats.
Pepper: This is all kind of tricky.
Apricot: I know the ARF humans hate saying no when a surrender doesn’t fit, but their hands are tied, so to speak.
Cinnamon: How can I help?
Whiskers: Charm a human and get adopted! That will open a space in the cattery.
Cinnamon: What about the poor dog that cannot be taken in?
Apricot: ARF really needs more fosters so they will have a selection to come up with the best fit.
Stevie: And if these darling kittens are adopted, there will be more opportunities for others.
Be sure to keep up with the animal antics of “Days of our Nine Lives” each week. And please stop in to say hello to the entire adoptable cast at the ARF House, 26890 Highway 243. Please call 951-659-1122.
Creature Corner is sponsored by Sandi Mathers.