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As an elderly adult who is high risk for COVID-19, my grandmother was greatly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions for most of 2020 and as a result for the first time in her life began to suffer with anxiety and depression. In late 2020 we decided to see if a pet companion might be of assistance in helping her with her isolation and loneliness. The awesome staff at HSCC introduced her to Violet and she began fostering in November. Violet is highly active during the day, which is entertaining for my grandmother and in the evening is very loving and affectionate – she loves to curl up by side my grandmother on the couch while watching TV and sleeps with her at night. Sweet violet has had a huge impact on my grandmother’s anxiety and depression level in only two months’ time!

Tammie McFarland, Conover, NC
We decided to adopt Ember in May after a two-year pet hiatus after the loss of our family pet of almost 20 years. At that time, I learned that the Newton shelter would be closing, and they were in need of foster families for the cats and kittens in the transition to the Hickory Shelter. As a summer service project, my sons and I decided to take on 6 kittens for foster. Thirty kittens later and we are still going strong. It is such a wonderful feeling to provide a steppingstone for these kittens on their way to their furever homes.

As much as we like to think we are helping them, they are helping us as well. Both my sons are on the autism spectrum and caring for the kittens have taught them how to care for a pet and be a part of something bigger than themselves.

The Humane Society of Catawba County has been a wonderful organization to be a part of. It seems like a family that works together for the wellbeing of the animals. They have made adoption and fostering an enjoyable experience. I hope to continue to foster for as long as possible.

April Miller, Hickory, NC