Since the Argentine government does not hold animal shelters, protectionist associations primarily work with foster homes.
What is a foster home? When volunteers make their home available for a rescued cat and take good care of it until its full recovery.
Every animal has different needs. Therefore, the skills each volunteer brings are vital. Some cases require constant veterinary assistance while others just need basic care and attention.
Just like any other volunteer, I started my work taking care of simple cases, which mostly included sheltering feral kittens. For the last five years, I’ve hosted older cats, most of them rescued from extreme circumstances, putting all my skills to test.
The most frequently asked question about volunteering as a foster home is not how much space or knowledge you need but instead, how to let them go when it’s time to put them up for adoption.
The answer is actually quite simple. It is not about avoiding getting attached, because it would be impossible to do so. What’s important is to always have our goal in mind and why we got involved in the first place -- we have rescued one but there are thousands out there still waiting for their chance.
Animal protection associations are collapsed and do not get any help from the government. The only hope for homeless animals is that more people volunteer as a foster home.
There are lots of ways in which a person can help our cause. Being a foster home is one of them but not the only one.
We need volunteers for events and neutering campaigns in organizational and fieldwork tasks. You can also buy products for your cat or dog from our store, sponsor campaigns, or just help us spread the word about our work and the importance of it.
I urge you to get involved in any way you can because I can assure you will not regret it.
I do believe an image is worth a thousand words, so I here you can see the progress of some of my most renowned cases:
Toulouse: bottle- raised together with his brother and sister (he is my cat today)
Roma: abandoned inside a card box with double inferior maxillary fracture
Segundo: rescued from a train station with his hind foot ripped off
Nico: just one-year-old and weighing 600gr, attacked by dogs left with a big laceration in his chest
Justina: pregnant, general respiratory infection, FeLV positive, so weak she could not stay standing.
Sombra: freed from inside a chimney with signs of post-traumatic stress and abuse.
Chino: rescued from the roof of a Chinese supermarket where he was kept for 4 years in dreadful conditions without any human contact
Armani: abandoned by his mother on his own and bottled raised
Finn: VIF positive, advance mange.
Each one of these cats, as well as many others that have stayed at my home, were victims of abandonment and animal cruelty; then recovered, and put up for adoption.