When states began “locking down” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, animal shelters were hit hard, with fewer employees able to work, and people worried about finances suddenly abandoning their pets. This increased the need and demand for foster parents to care for animals. Fortunately, the animal rescue community has stepped up to help ease the burden.
Merissa, a volunteer foster for Saving Grace Rescue, was one of the people who stepped up when she volunteered to take in a three-week-old ginger kitten, just as the stay-at-home orders were coming down from the state of California. Undeniably, Merissa rescued the little furball, named Monkey. But Monkey did his part to rescue Merissa as well.
The foster mom and kitten traded favors. Merissa gives Monkey the comfort and snuggles he needs to feel secure and cherished. Monkey gives Merissa laughter and entertainment with his larger-than-life personality and extroverted personality.
While the tiny feline and his foster mom are physically segregated from the rest of the world and together full-time, each makes life sweeter for the other. The duo gets their exercise by taking extended walks around the house together, and Monkey never fails to impress Merissa with his bravado and gritty spirit. Following their daily walks, they settle in for a good cuddle. Someday, the virus will pass, and humans and cats alike will emerge from sequestration, but Merissa and Monkey are satisfied for now to continue rescuing each other.