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The Small Victories and Quiet Pleasures of Animal Foster Care Available at the SPA

By Jayn Corral

“She’s making biscuits!” Aluxe’s foster, Michelle, exclaimed, “Today she came out to lick my hand and then she made biscuits. It’s working!”

The news the day before was quite different.  Michelle sounded discouraged, reporting, “She is making only very slow progress. Maybe she should go back to the SPA.”

What a discouraged-sounding Michelle was reporting was that poor Aluxe was afraid. She had no reason to be. She has lived at the SPA from the age of one week with her kitten siblings and a caring mother cat.

The volunteers worried about her. Every day they found her huddled in the farthest corner with flattened ears, trembling in fear, so much so that she refused to come out for a treat.

The vet recommended foster care so that Aluxe could have more time with humans and fewer feline roommates. For the first few days in foster care, she spent hiding wherever she could, coming out only in the darkness to eat and use the litter box. It seemed like the fostering was not working, so we asked Michelle to return her to the SPA.  But then, that same day, Aluxe “made biscuits.”

I had never heard this term before, but I knew it was a good thing. Also known as kneading, it’s  when a cat rhythmically presses her paws back and forth against a soft object. It is a sign of trust, contentment, and comfort. So, when we heard that Aluxe was making biscuits, we all celebrated her progress.  Michelle’s reward came from Aluxe, who showed her that she felt safe with her.

You, too, can experience the joy of knowing that you helped a cat or kitten get ready for their forever home by being a foster. Fostering is also ideal for people who love animals but, for whatever reason, are unable to own one. It is a short-term commitment, so even if you are not a full-time resident, you can get your cat or dog “fix” while helping to save the lives of animals. The SPA provides all medical care at our on-site clinic and can help with other needs. You provide love, attention, and a caring home to a deserving animal. We also have a weekend foster program for current dogs—a mini vacation for them, the chance to be part of a family for a weekend—and a wonderful experience for you.

To sign up or learn more about this program and our regular foster program, please email and see our website at


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