We've been very fortunate in that alot of the wonderful people who have adopted from us, keep in touch so that we can see how happy and loved their beloved new family members are.
It truly makes my day when I receive an email that has pictures attached of a former foster. We never tire of the updates, and I make a point of filing away all the photos sent. Nothing makes this work more fulfilling than knowing a kitty who was destined for euthanasia, is now safe and loved in the comforts of a home with people that care. In that spirit, yesterday I got an email from "C" who had adopted Holmes (now called Henry) from us last Summer. He is a GORGEOUS medium haired ginger male (with the nose freckles to prove it!), and was such a sweet and docile boy in the time that we fostered him. "C" reports that he's doing great and gets along with the rest of her brood - all five of them, swimmingly.
Sadly, as well all know, where there is life - there is also death. Not all of us are meant to live long lives here. Some of us are here for a long time and some of us are not. Two of our previous fosters have both passed away unexpectedly in the past couple of months. Our hearts have ached for both of them and we know that their families (humans and animal alike), miss them terribly and so wish that things could have been different.
I am reminded of the words found in Ecclesiastes 3 which states:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance
We pay our respects and pay tribute to two of our boys that now rest without pain and suffering. A time will come when they will be reunited with the families that have loved them so dearly on this side................until then; we miss you.