In a new blog series, we’re sharing stories from some of our amazing fosters, and it made sense to start with one of the fosters who has been with Ferndale Cat Shelter the longest! We had a Q&A session with Sharon Crane, Ferndale resident and foster mom extraordinaire, to get her tips and insights on the cat foster process.

Who are you currently fostering?

Billy and Tom, along with their semi-feral mama (who was hiding and does not want to be part of the photos!).

Sharon's Current Foster Kitties Billy and Tom

Billy and Tom

How long have you been fostering?

Since the very beginning of the Ferndale Cat Shelter — about 5 years.

What do you like to do when you aren’t fostering kittens?

I work at Bright Ideas Furniture in Royal Oak.

What made you decide to foster?

I never planned on fostering, but Deanne was my neighbor and had a kitten emergency she needed help with. I’ve been fostering ever since!

Sharon's Current Foster Kitties - 2

What is your favorite memory of fostering?

I fostered Sweetie Pie and her six kittens last year. She lived up to her name! She was the first pregnant cat I had ever fostered and it was amazing being able to feel her belly and feel the babies move. I was there for most of the birth, too. I still get updates on these kittens in their new homes, and I actually got an update on them the other day. I keep in touch with all of my adopters; I like to consider them open adoptions so I can stay in touch and visit. It’s hard to say what my favorite thing is — fostering is rewarding in so many ways. The first time I saw kittens being born is near and dear to my heart. I also kept my first two fosters, Loki and Freckles Malone (Loki pictured below visiting the kittens).

What would you say to someone considering fostering? Any advice you could give?

When I first started fostering, I would cry my eyes out when they left. It helps to keep in touch with adopters. Now that I have seen what amazing homes they go to, I don’t worry about them. Now, I actually get excited when they go to their new homes.

So many people say they could never foster, but how can I not? If I don’t, who will?

It is just so rewarding overall. I fall in love with each of my fosters and am so happy to watch them go to their new homes. If anyone is thinking of fostering and wants to ask any questions, I am always happy to talk to anyone and offer support.

Thank you Sharon for all the love you give each of these babies! If you would like more information about fostering or would like to become a foster, please put in an application on our website.