It’s all the time great to listen to that Catster conjures up our readers. I used to be particularly excited to listen to about 15-year-old Blake Austin, who, in keeping with her mother, has been an avid reader of Catster (and Cat Fancy) ever since she discovered learn. Blake may be a volunteer at Midcoast Humane (midcoast humane.org) in Brunswick, Maine, and is an authorized foster cat caregiver.

Blake at her local animal shelter.

Blake at her native animal safe haven.

Up to now, Blake has fostered 103 at-risk kittens and cats, and has discovered endlessly houses for they all. She showcases her fosters on social media and has meet-and-greets with attainable adopters at her circle of relatives’s house. Her fortunate fosters don’t have to head in the course of the pressure of residing on the safe haven till they’re followed as a result of Blake can undertake them out immediately from house on behalf of the safe haven.

Blake were given her get started in animal welfare when she used to be eight years outdated and began going to the safe haven to spend time with the cats — she may by no means have certainly one of her personal as a result of her father and brother are allergic. After some time, she discovered that there have been cats there who, for more than a few causes, weren’t able to be at the adoption ground. “I satisfied my dad to let me momentary foster those cats in our house,” she says. “I created a devoted 12- through 12-foot cat room in our basement referred to as ‘the cattery.’” She has spent her personal cash to create the easiest house for those fortunate cats.

She loves taking a cat from the high-stress setting of the safe haven and bringing the kitty house to the cattery. “They frequently display an entire new, extra comfy character,” she says.

Previous this yr, Blake used to be identified through U.S. Mobile as certainly one of its “16 Below 16” recipients within the corporate’s Nationwide Long run of Excellent program, receiving a test for $10,000 to make use of as she sees are compatible for animal welfare products and services. She plans to make use of the cash towards serving to her native animal safe haven.

Blake hopes her paintings conjures up people to become involved and assist safe haven cats. “Whether or not you donate cat provides, volunteer or undertake a safe haven cat — there are such a lot of tactics to assist!” she says.

What does the longer term grasp for this superb teen, who may be a three-season athlete and performs the flute in her college band? She no doubt desires to proceed on the earth of cat welfare. “I’m taking into consideration turning into a veterinarian,” she says. She has additionally thought to be turning into an immunologist to paintings to discover a remedy for cat allergic reactions. “I would really like to are living in an international the place nobody used to be allergic to cats — particularly my dad,” she says.

Concerning the author:

Annie Butler Shirreffs has labored within the puppy trade for 20 years and is recently the senior editor of Catster and Dogster magazines. A cat lover since she used to be a little bit lady, she has all the time had pussycat buddies in her existence. She and her husband proportion their Southern California house with their 4 cats, Agatha, Alastair, Jack and Mathilda, and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom experience being testers for cool, new merchandise.

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