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post #1 of 18
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I just got a call tonight from the director of the shelter I volunteer and foster for. She told me that one of the kittens I fostered in the summer of 2004 died about a month ago. I'm stunned and heartbroken! I've been crying off and on all night.

Boo Radley was one of five kittens in that litter...my first foster kittens. I hadn't planned on fostering, but they sent out a mass e-mail plea. A suburban kill shelter was full to the brim, and were going to PTS many cats and kittens. They were desperately looking for foster homes so they could save as many as possible. I called and told them that I would. Later they asked if I would take an entire litter. Of course! Two days later I picked up five beautiful all black kittens...all sleeping peacefully. When I got them home, I had a room all set up. I expected them to be scared, shy, and still a bit sleepy. What I was not expecting was for all of them to come barrelling out of the carrier & start playing with everything in sight, crawling on my lap, climbing my legs and back! They were the sweetest kittens I had ever seen, and still stand today as the sweetest I ever fostered.

They all had literary names, Ernest Hemingway, Daisy Buchanan, Pip Pirrup, Romeo Montague, and Boo Radley. Boo was the shyest initially, and a bit of a recluse, so he earned his name. He was also the most beautiful...a gorgeous long haired boy.

All five came down with URIs that they must have picked up at the shelter. They were all a snotty mess, especially Boo & Romeo. But they all recovered. As they grew (they were only 7 weeks when I got them), Ernie got adopted (he was the biggest, and never really got that sick), Daisy and Pip went to another foster home (I was exhausted by that time!). I kept Boo & Romeo a bit longer so they could be healthier...I had them almost 3 months. They finally got adopted together about a month later.

Then tonight, this news. I can't believe it. His meowmy and daddy must be devastated! I guess I've been lucky that everyone I've ever fostered has lived, and I know this happens, but not to Boo. Not to my Boo.

Sorry for the long post. Here are some pictures of my beautiful boy:

Here he is with his best friend, and brother, Romeo:
post #2 of 18
aww...so sorry.
Just keep thinking about the quality of life he had after he was rescued and know he didn't leave this world unhappy.
post #3 of 18
Awwww what a little cherub he is as well

RIP little Boo and have fun over the bridge
post #4 of 18
I am so sorry

Like roofrabbit said, at least he had a good home before he went to the RB.

RIP Boo
post #5 of 18
I'm so sorry. As it has been said, because of you he had a wonderful life before he left this earth. You gave him the gift of more time here and he returned the favor by enriching your life and his adoptive parents lives.

RIP sweet Boo
post #6 of 18
I am sorry to hear this sad news. RIP little Boo.
post #7 of 18
I'm sorry That is just heartbreaking.

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Originally Posted by clixpix
I just got a call tonight from the director of the shelter I volunteer and foster for. She told me that one of the kittens I fostered in the summer of 2004 died about a month ago. I'm stunned and heartbroken! I've been crying off and on all night.

Boo Radley was one of five kittens in that litter...my first foster kittens. I hadn't planned on fostering, but they sent out a mass e-mail plea. A suburban kill shelter was full to the brim, and were going to PTS many cats and kittens. They were desperately looking for foster homes so they could save as many as possible. I called and told them that I would. Later they asked if I would take an entire litter. Of course! Two days later I picked up five beautiful all black kittens...all sleeping peacefully. When I got them home, I had a room all set up. I expected them to be scared, shy, and still a bit sleepy. What I was not expecting was for all of them to come barrelling out of the carrier & start playing with everything in sight, crawling on my lap, climbing my legs and back! They were the sweetest kittens I had ever seen, and still stand today as the sweetest I ever fostered.

They all had literary names, Ernest Hemingway, Daisy Buchanan, Pip Pirrup, Romeo Montague, and Boo Radley. Boo was the shyest initially, and a bit of a recluse, so he earned his name. He was also the most beautiful...a gorgeous long haired boy.

All five came down with URIs that they must have picked up at the shelter. They were all a snotty mess, especially Boo & Romeo. But they all recovered. As they grew (they were only 7 weeks when I got them), Ernie got adopted (he was the biggest, and never really got that sick), Daisy and Pip went to another foster home (I was exhausted by that time!). I kept Boo & Romeo a bit longer so they could be healthier...I had them almost 3 months. They finally got adopted together about a month later.

Then tonight, this news. I can't believe it. His meowmy and daddy must be devastated! I guess I've been lucky that everyone I've ever fostered has lived, and I know this happens, but not to Boo. Not to my Boo.

Sorry for the long post. Here are some pictures of my beautiful boy:

Here he is with his best friend, and brother, Romeo:
post #8 of 18
I'm so sorry! Thinking of you and the precious little one.
post #9 of 18
Oh no!

At the risk of upsetting you more, did they say what Boo died of? My Bella is a little black baby too and I am squeezing her for comfort.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the kind words. They are appreciated!

Pui Hang, from what I've heard there was some sort of intestinal disorder, and some fluid in the belly...possibly FIP.
post #11 of 18
Ohhhh I am so sorry to hear about your poor baby!! Poor little boy!! Sending you good vibes and hugs from the sunshine state (It is finally warming up a bit in this part of the state!). ((()))
post #12 of 18
Sweet little Boo Radley...
RIP darling.
post #13 of 18
I am so sorry. RIP sweet Boo baby.
post #14 of 18
Condolences on the loss of Boo Radley. How heartbreaking, to lose your baby! My condolences to you, and to his adoptive family! May your memories bring you comfort!

Rest in peace, Boo Radley! You were blessed by a loving foster Meowmie and forever family here on earth. Now you are blessed forever more!
post #15 of 18
Oh, how sad! What an angel kitty!
post #16 of 18
So sorry about Boo Radley. What a cutie. Condolences to all of his people.

Rest in peace, sweet Boo. Play hard at the bridge until you meet your people again.
post #17 of 18
It is so hard to lose the kittens we raise and foster. You have been lucky to lose only one. Thank you for your kind work with the cats. I'm sure Boo felt he had a full and happy life with you and his forever meowmy and daddy.
post #18 of 18
Aww I am so sorry . I worry about my foster babies as well. I cry everytime I rehome them. You get so attached I know I would be devestated to hear of anything happening to any of them.

RIP Boo
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