Whenever someone with pets fosters another fluffy friend, the owner might face difficulties with the newcomer, who might not fit right into the new family. However, it is not the case of Matilda the foster kitten, as she instantly became obsessed with the dogs at her foster home.
Lisa Revella Morabito, director of operations at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter‚Äôs (BARCS), took the little fluffy ball of cuteness two weeks ago to incorporate the kitten into the household, “to get her fattened up and socialize her.”
And to Lisa‚Äôs surprise everything went extremely well, as Matilda fitted in perfectly with new doggie friends. Morabito said that Matilda ‚Äútries to nurse off of Spike, which is funny since he’s our only male dog.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHer cuddling with all of the animals is adorable. Matilda usually runs around in the morning and plays with Fiona because the dogs sleep in as late as we‚Äôll let them,‚ÄĚ said Morabito.
‚ÄúOnce the afternoon hits and the dogs have been fed and walked, they retreat for more napping and Matilda joins them then for cuddling.‚ÄĚ
Actually, Morabito has a whole bunch of pets at home, including two cats and four dogs. The 9-year-old pit-bull, Spike, is the oldest in the family, then goes a deaf 8-year-old pit mix, called Piglet. He was rescued from a dog fighting situation about seven years ago, and is now a therapy dog.
There is also 7-year-old Betty White, who was brought to BARCS about a year and a half ago with severe burns, and now visits schools as part of a humane education program.
‚ÄúShe became a ‚Äėfoster fail,‚Äô‚ÄĚ says Morabito, which is what it’s called when an animal brought in temporarily ends up sticking around. ‚ÄúShe is so sweet.‚ÄĚ
Other members of the pack are Reed, a former stray cat, nine-month-old kitty Fiona, and Bella, a seven-year-old French bulldog who was saved from a puppy mill.
‚ÄúShe runs the show in the house. The dogs all let her boss them around and the cats love her,” says Morabito. “We’ve had her six years.‚ÄĚ
Unfortunately, Morabito says that she can‚Äôt keep every animal she fosters.
‚ÄúMy husband is not a cat person and I had to basically promise my life away that we will not keep another after Fiona.¬† It‚Äôs also kitten season here,‚ÄĚ the Baltimore resident said.¬† ‚ÄúToday alone we got in 21 kittens under 10 weeks so I do want to get her adopted so that I can take another.‚ÄĚ
Luckily, Matilda managed to find a loving and caring family, Lisa told the Huff Post.