Ilse the Foster Cat

by Juan Anguiano
(Glenda, AZ USA)

Ilse taking her fist bath...

Ilse taking her fist bath...

Ilse was an 8 year old beautiful Russian Blue cat. She was my foster cat... we crossed paths two months ago.

As usual... one evening I was posting animals on the Euthanasia list to my Facebook wall, in the hopes that someone may take pity on them and foster or adopt them.

One particular cat called my attention... she was cowering in a corner of her cage... in fear... she was labeled as human aggressive.

Knowing this, I knew that her chances of getting out were pretty slim... so I made the call and she was pulled out for me.

I was happy to help an older cat in need. I remember the first night I saw her... she was grumpy because she received some vaccines... I was happy to discover she was a chubby lady... but sad to see that she was also horribly matted.

Since I have 3 cats of my own, I put her in the office room for a couple of days, so they could get to know each other through their scent.

The first day she came into my room, she was not aggressive at all. My two female cats came in to greet her.

They were happy waiving their tails... my male cat took some more time.

I decided to give Ilse a bath... I was nervous... but once in the bathroom, she seemed to enjoy the warm water... not a single scratch or hiss... I was surprised.

The first week I noticed there was something wrong with her... she was hardly eating. I took her to the veterinary office to discover she was diabetic, but not needing insulin right away.

I was feeding her and giving her medicine daily with a syringe... she seem to like it... until about two weeks ago her health started to deteriorate so much... she passed this last Saturday around 1 AM... I told her how much I loved her.

Even though Ilse had no desire to play, I bought her her own toys to have... a couple of mice and a funny feather owl... she also loved a small panda pillow.

One time I had to be away from home... and her caretaker told me how happy Ilse was when a small kitten came into her cage to play with her tail.

I still remember the morning when Ilse's cage was being retrieved from her car... with her small panda pillow on the side of her... she was truly sweet.

Even though she was with me for only two short months, I grew to love her... Ilse came from a family who neglected her and did not care for her when she became ill, abandoning her to her fate at the shelter.

Ilse is loved and missed by me and my friends who got to know her... she did not die in a cold cage at the shelter surrounded by barking dogs.

I will always remember her amber eyes, pretty face, and sweet nature... I only wish I could have spent more time with her. Until we meet again, Ilse...

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Mar 01, 2015
Never Forgotten
by: Juan

I always think about my Ilse, I have never forgotten her. But the pain is gone... She's a sweet memory... I wish I could have taken way more photos... She was one of my last fosters... I had two, after she passed away, and both got adopted, but one is gone to kitty heaven... I volunteer now for a local shelter in Tempe, Arizona, and love to work at the cat room. They are full of personality...

Sep 08, 2013
Ilse was loved!
by: Sharon Duffy

So Sorry Juan... I hope you take comfort in the knowledge that you showed Ilse love & kindness and made her feel welcome in your home. She looks just like my Oscar, black, medium haired, sweet, lovable & funny...

I rescued him and his sister, when a patient of mine died, and the family were taking his 5 cats to the shelter!... I only got to love him for 2 years...'

My beautiful Oscar, who played in the yard once in awhile, disappeared one day, without a trace... breaks my heart to think of harm coming to him...

That was two years ago, and the pain never goes away... I've rescued 2 more kitties since then... Love them all... You sound like a kindred spirit, and I just know you're a wonderful soul... I can't imagine my life, without all this love to come home to every day.

Aug 19, 2013
by: Anonymous

She may of had the best 2 months of her life, thanks, you and your kitty family have great and prosperous year.

Aug 03, 2013
by: Allison

I wish more people would take a shelter animal, they have so much love to give. Thank you for giving Ilse the home she deserved and hope that this inspires others to do the same!!

Aug 03, 2013
by: Kirsten

We need more people like u, Ilse was so lucky to have someone like u, even if only for a short time, u were her "someone" in life. Smile, things will get better and cuddle ur babies at home. Bye Ilse ❤=^•^=

Aug 02, 2013
God bless you
by: lisa

You're a good man and friend to the animals Juan. Bless your heart!! May you never feel heartbreak again.

Aug 02, 2013
Thank You
by: Ilse's Foster Dad

Thank You Kurt, and everyone for allowing me to post the story of my Ilse... your kind words made me feel better...

Reading the messages made me cry again... but this time it's a bit different. I'm happy to know there's more people out there who care for the ones who have no voice...

It was a pleasure and an honor to have meet Ilse. I wonder if I can go one day without crying for her...

On a positive note, and to honor her memory... I'm going to foster 4 kitties who have no home... they are going to be thrown at the streets if no one adopts them, or fosters them... They need me as much as I need them. They're being vaccinated and I will have them at my home next week.

Thank You All...
A humble friend... Juan

Aug 02, 2013
For Isle
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry that she passed away, but remember she died knowing that she was loved at last.

Aug 01, 2013
Thank you
by: Anonymous Diana

Thanks to all of you that expressed your loving thoughts. You've all said what I would have said.
I echo your thoughts. Everyone in the world of cats
feels your loss. Thank you for reaching out to Ilse,
and make her remaining time good.

Aug 01, 2013
We Could be Twins!
by: Anonymous

I think that if we ever met, we could be friends! Thank you for letting this kitty die with love and dignity.

Aug 01, 2013
Rainbow Bridge
by: Anonymous

God bless you for your kindness. There will be a place for you in heaven next to Ilse.

Aug 01, 2013
You're an awesome kitty parent!!
by: Penny

You are such a wonderful person to have taken such good care of Ilse & given her the best 2 months of her life!!

Aug 01, 2013
God Bless You
by: Kelly Pevarnik

You are such a beautiful person for taking Ilse in. I'm sure she knows she was and still is loved by you. I am sure she is sitting patiently waiting for you to show up in the field before the Rainbow Bridge!!!! God Bless You!!!!
R.I.P. Ilse

Aug 01, 2013
A wonderful thing to do!
by: Annette

I'm so glad you gave Ilse a loving home at the end of her life, bravo.

Aug 01, 2013
by: Christina

You are amazing for taking her in and loving her! Her last two months were joyous with you and your other kitties! It is amazing how you can fall in love so easily with an animal! She will always remember you. God Bless you!

Aug 01, 2013
Blessings to you!
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your loss of beautiful Ilse but I am so glad that you took her in and she knew real love before leaving this earth. No animal should ever leave never knowing love and kindness. Thank God for people like you!

Aug 01, 2013
by: Michelle Jones

I am so sorry you lost Ilse! Very sad, but you gave her so much love before she passed and it sounds like she changed you as well! God bless Ilse and you! You will be together again someday!

Aug 01, 2013
by: Anonymous

Your heart is as open as they come... It's awesome to see someone open their heart and homes to the strays that are mistreated and/or alone... May you be blessed 100 times over for your kindness...

Aug 01, 2013
Ilse the Foster Cat
by: Lori

This was a very lucky and happy cat. Having a home and someone to car for him is just what was needed to make those last days comfortable and at ease. God Bless you, You were the Guardian Angel he was waiting for.

Aug 01, 2013
by: Aliesha

I can relate. I captured a stray cat, the best cat in the whole wide world. He was tame, sweet in nature, and was afraid of the other cats that were also outside. I rescued him and 2 months later he acquired diabetes. I had to give him insulin twice a day. Sadly to say I just barely had him a year. Just remember you gave the sweet cat the best you could give, a sweet, caring, loving home. Like I did for my Sweet Boy Bobo <3

Aug 01, 2013
by: chris

It's people like you that we need more of. You did a wonderful thing for her and in her last moments she was with someone that cared and loved her.

Aug 01, 2013
Bless you
by: Anonymous

Bless you, Ilse loved you too...

Aug 01, 2013
So sorry/yet happy for Ilse
by: Terri

I know what it's like to own and love a cat. Many cats in fact. I cry for Ilse and the previous treatment she received but am happy that she got to spend a little time with people and other cats that loved her.

Aug 01, 2013
Your Kindness
by: suskigirl

That was very kind of you to give her a home.

Aug 01, 2013
Rainbow Bridge
by: Jill

God knows what you did. She was put on earth to be with you while she walks over the Rainbow Bridge! She is running like crazy with all my Fur Babies, and waiting for you! BUT- she is in no hurry! Imagine what it is like, and it will be! Bless you for caring for her. That is the most kindest act of being human that one can do. Bless you!

Aug 01, 2013
by: Anonymous

So sweet of you to give this beautiful kitty a good and loving home for her final days.

Aug 01, 2013
Such a beautiful story
by: Maggie

You will be rewarded some day for your kindness and your caring to these poor creatures who so need us to survive. She was a very lucky cat to leave this world in such a loving way.

Aug 01, 2013
You're an ANGEL!!
by: Jamie

I'm so sorry for ur loss! I'm so glad u took her and she was shown love before she passed away. You're an angel!!

Aug 01, 2013
So, so sorry
by: Anonymous

Thank you for giving Ilse a home... such a sad story... God bless the kitty... Love.

Aug 01, 2013
Sweet Ilse
by: yasmina

Whether for a second or a lifetime, loving an animal and making them part of the family is worth their weight in gold. It may not change the world, but it changes theirs for the better and enriches your life as well. Thank you.

Aug 01, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss.
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm sorry about Ilse, Juan. Thank you for freeing her from the shelter so that she could spend her last two months in a happy place.

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