Humphrey’s foster mom agreed to care for him until the very end, loving and cherishing him for the good cat he was regardless of how much time they would have together. Later in the year, Humphery passed away peacefully one day, asleep in a sunbeam on his foster mom’s bed.
While Lawrence Humane staff provide the best possible care and love for the animals at the shelter, foster care will almost always be preferred. In foster care animals don’t have as much stress or noise, they’re able to decompress, and they can be the apple of their foster’s eye, basking in attention and affection. The importance of foster care exponentially grows when addressing the needs of very young, very old, ill or injured animals. Knowing that we could offer a comfortable space for Humphery in his final months means so much and we couldn’t do it without the wonderful people who take in animals for fospice. A great fospice parent needs compassion, patience, and flexibility. Losing an animal that one has cared for is heartbreaking – regardless of whether they’ve been in your home for a few days, months, or years. But many fospice parents describe it as a uniquely fulfilling experience. While Humphrey’s passing was heartbreaking, what matters most is that he didn’t die alone, in painful discomfort on the street. Not only did his quality of life drastically improve in fospice care, but quite likely his life was lengthened as well. He got to be a cat again before he passed – warm, happy, and with a full belly. When the end is all you have, the way the end plays out matters the most.
If you think that you might be interested in fospice or would like to learn more about what it means as a foster to provide care, comfort, and a home to an animal as they prepare to cross the rainbow bridge, please let us know. You can sign up to be a foster at lawrencehumane.org/foster