Ozaukee Humane Society often sees animals
that are injured, orphaned or very ill. That
is what happened with Jessie's foster animals.
Three kittens arrived at the shelter; their
mother and one sibling had been killed by
a dog. At less than a week old, there was
almost no chance they would survive. It would
have been hard enough to make it out in the
wild with their mother, but without her it
would have been impossible.
As soon as Jessie saw them, she wanted to
help save their lives and she volunteered
to foster them. For the next 10 weeks, Jessie
took the kittens everywhere she went. The
kittens needed to be bottle fed every three
hours and there was no rest in the evenings!
Jessie got up through the night as feline
mother. She remembers how greedily the kittens
took the bottle from the start.
It wasn’t long before Jessie starting
seeing the amazing transformation from defenseless
infants into vivacious kittens. Before she
knew it, they were eating on their own and
she was sleeping through the night! Their
outgoing personalities were a testament to
the excellent job Jessie did of socializing
these kittens to know and understand the love
of human beings. They were curious, energetic
After 10 weeks, Romeo and Monique went back
to the Ozaukee Humane Society to be sterilized
and were quickly adopted. Telly, named for
his unique habit of sitting on Jessie’s
telephone, stayed with her for two additional
weeks. As the smallest member of the group,
he needed extra TLC. Eventually Telly, too,
was adopted into a loving home. He will always
have a very special place in Jessie’s
involves just as much hard work and effort
as it provides joy and laughter.
Whether you're fostering a litter of puppies
or kittens or an adult cat or dog recovering
from a recent fracture or amputation, there's
more to do in your household than before,
is also a great deal of laughter and love.
To watch young kittens play "pounce and
prey" with each other can teach you as
much about feline body language as it can
about laughter. To have a puppy snuggle
into your lap after a walk and fall blissfully
asleep reminds you that peaceful moments need
to be treasured, too.
an animal until he or she is ready for adoption
is a rewarding commitment. Some people
feel they cannot foster because they would
never be able to give the animal(s) back so
OHS can find them a home. But, really,
when you talk to those who foster, they will
tell you that while this litter of kittens
was special, they always know that there is
another one waiting for their loving care.
And while this dog needed help adjusting to
three legs instead of four, there's another
waiting who needs our help as well.
If you would like to become
a Volunteer Foster Parent, click
here to fill out an online foster application.
You can also call us at (262) 377-7580 with
any questions or email