How does a busy mom fill her family’s extra time- with CatPAWS fosters, of course! Maybe you’re thinking that Melissa Sheffield and her family have fostered 10 or 20 cats this past year which would have been a feat in itself. No, Melissa, her husband Jason, and two gorgeous children, Katelyn (11) & Austin (8), have fostered 67 – yes 67- kittens this past year!
Melissa, a lifelong animal lover, was influenced by a visit to a family member out of state who had been fostering kittens. As soon as she returned home, she called her local shelter who was happy to turn over some kittens with little instruction on how to properly care for the small animals. “It wasn’t the best experience with the shelter,” Melissa admitted. That is when she discovered CatPAWS. About a year ago, Melissa was introduced to the team at CatPAWS who has helped her family become a ‘go to’ household for fosters in need. “The support we get from all the volunteers at CatPAWS has been paramount to our success as a foster family,” notes Melissa. “Erica, Beth, and Amanda (who came to my house very late one night to help me during a small crisis) have been so amazing to work with. The care they put into helping all these animals is inspirational.”