May 31, 2008 at 6:12 AMAfter having lost my beloved Hacker, there has been an outpurring of "what can I do to help?". Many of the folks I work with as well as members of my orchestra are collecting unused kitty medical supplies, toys, and pet store gift certificates to send to the Kitty Hill Resort in Santa Cruz. Hacker and his companion Tommy were their very first customers and spent alot of time at the Resort while I traveled on business. The owner, Harriet, works closely with a local purebreed rescue group, and had also helped with kitties who mom's had to go into shelters, some of whom are in need of unused medical supplies.
While struggling with the decision of whether I should adopt another kitty or not, I was turned on to this program by my mother:
The program provides foster homes to cats for our military personnel serving overseas. My mother has worked with the USAF for years as a civilian, and worked on military bases over the decades. She has worked closely with people that had to find foster homes for their feline (and canine) companions on very short notice over the years, especially in the recent years.
So, in honor of Hacker, I signed up to be a foster parent for our military cats. Having had to foster my feline companions in my no so recent past to my father, I feel that this is a good way to honor Hacker as well as help our military personnel. I have an open viola case for a military kitty to nestle into.
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