As much as we love our foster volunteers, we also adore when they can’t help but fall in love with their fostered animals… and end up adopting them.
When Cheri and her family began fostering a very young family of rats that were abandoned in the forest near the BC SPCA Williams Lake Community Animal Centre, they couldn’t resist hanging onto the two boys in the litter, Hank and Butch.
Since raising them from such a young age, Hank and Butch were already very well socialized and familiar with their human family when Cheri made their adoption official in May 2021.
Several months on, Cheri has written to us with their story:
“Hank and Butch came to us when they were still hairless with their eyes closed. We fostered the momma rat and her five babies that were left in a cage in the forest.
When the family came into our care, the babies were only about one week old. Once the babies were five weeks old, all the females returned to the BC SPCA Williams Lake Community Animal Centre for adoption and the males (who became known as Hank and Butch) took up permanent residency with us.
Hank and Butch are very much loved by the kids. They enjoy foraging outside on leashes when the weather is mild, free-ranging in the house and playing with us and each other.
They are very well handled and tolerant creatures. Hank and Butch even come when they are called—for a cheerio of course!”
Thank you to you and your family, Cheri, not only for your good hearts in fostering animals in need but also for adopting those you click with. Hank and Butch certainly have amazing, fulfilling lives being a part of your family. We can’t wait to hear about all of their adventures to come.
Have you adopted an animal from the BC SPCA and want to share your joy with others? Submit your adoption story!