Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
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Tigger and Pooh( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / April 29, 2014 )
Debbie Sarantinos became what animal rescuers call a foster failure on her first good-hearted attempt. That's not a bad thing -- two lucky cats reaped big benefits.
"I raised them and was supposed to give them back when they were old enough," Sarantinos said. But when the shelter Luna's House said it was time for the kittens to be adopted, she she couldn't give them up. And so Tigger and Pooh stayed in her Nottingham home permanently, which, as it turned out, was right where they belonged; seven years later, everyone is delighted with their lives.
"They loved to be petted, watch birds, and sit with me when I read," Sarantinos says. "They curl up with each other on the sofa and chase each other through the house with fur flying."
She isn't sure what breed the short-haired cats are (Tigger is the gray one), but says they've bonded with each other.
Sarantinos is still an active volunteer at Luna's House. "It's a wonderful shelter," she said. But after that first fostering experience, she learned her limit.
"I'm not a foster mom anymore," she says. "I'd probably be a crazy cat lady."
To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun