Kristian and Meghan said they pretty much get a new litter as soon as they return the current litter that’s ready to be adopted.
Their latest batch of seven kittens — which are from two separate litters — were brought into the SPCA on the same day they returned their last litter. Kristian said he watched as the SPCA had to turn away the kittens because there simply wasn’t any room.
“The people were just going to let them go in a field,” Kristian said. “We saw them walking out the door we said ‘We’ll take them.’ ”
Anderson said the main reasons kittens, cats, puppies or dogs are placed in foster homes is because they’re sick or need more one-on-one attention because they either need to be bottle fed or socialized.
Potential foster volunteers “definitely have to be committed,” she said. “There is a lot involved if we send out a sick cat or kittens.”
Even more time-consuming are the babies who don’t have mothers and need to be bottle fed, a process that has to happen every three hours at first.
“With bottle babies you have to be home more often,” Anderson said.
Meghan said she and Kristian haven’t taken on bottle babies yet because of the extra work, noting that not only do kittens at that age need help eating, they need help eliminating, or going to the bathroom.
The Ruggieros said the hardest part of fostering kittens is the day they have to let them go. Otherwise, they said, the biggest cost is time. The SPCA provides everything else they need: food, vet visits, carriers and medicine.
“When we first dropped the kittens off (to be adopted), I was bawling,” Meghan said.
Just after this interview, four of the older kittens they were fostering weighed enough (two pounds) and were old enough (two months) to be taken back by the SPCA to begin the adoption process. Now home with just the “three little girls,” Lexie, Millie and Torie, Meghan said she was feeling a little blue.