Fostering lead to fun and a long-term furry companion for VOKRA foster Mark. Eight years ago, troublemaker Talula was causing extra work for in-house VOKRA volunteers, so Mark kindly offered to help out by fostering… little did he know he’d found his new forever friend!
“She was a feral one year old cat trapped on a reserve,” Mark said. “I was told she was anti-social and had to be put in her kennel when the other cats were in the play area.”
Initially travelling a lot for work, Mark says he liked VOKRA’s fostering program, as it allowed him kitty company without the long-term commitment he wasn’t sure he could provide. Part of the draw was the convenience, but it also helped that VOKRA covers all the cost, including food, litter, a cat carrier and medical care. But the other “bonus” was Talula herself, who quickly won Mark’s heart.
“After three months, someone called to have a visit for adoption,” Mark explained. “I was forced to decide if I wanted to keep my ‘roomie’.”
And the rest is history. Talula was adopted and she and Mark have been together ever since. Talula has come a long way from her feral past. “She’s more relaxed and trusting, but she definitely does things on her own terms. She’ll still hiss, but it’s a mutually agreed non-offensive affair.”
Talula is a great cat/roomie/buddy for Mark and, like all cats with their owners, has her little rituals. “She always ends up in the same room I’m in but she follows me to ignore me. She greets me after work by falling down and stretching (twice) at the front door.”
Mark sums up his life with Talula in one sentence: “Having a cat (or animal of any kind) is the best!”
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