It’s been a couple years since we’ve been active, and though we have taken in a few fosters here and there, BeeBee’s House is no longer active in the fostering and rescue community on the Oregon Coast.
This has come about for several reasons. The first is medical – both Mr. James and myself (Dina) are disabled, and our conditions have worsened over the last couple years. Another reason is the (still ongoing, despite the wish of the majority of the world to pretend otherwise) COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of veterinary care available here. Cats and kittens in the shelter system often need immediate veterinary care in order to heal and survive, and that hasn’t been possible with multiple veterinarians in the area either retiring or leaving.
At first we thought just cutting back on the frequency of fosters might be enough (we were taking in up to three litters at a time in our heyday), and that didn’t improve things. Then we thought we would foster older cats and kittens, and still it was too much for us. After our last round of taking in fosters this spring (we took in 3 older boys from a hoarding situation), we realized that it was time to hang up our scrubs and accept reality — we’re just not able to care for animals outside our household pets any longer.
We really appreciate all the support we’ve received over the years, and are still working with our local animal welfare organization to help in other ways besides fostering however we’re able. It saddens us (we really miss working with kittens and watching them grow and be adopted into loving forever homes), but we helped nearly 100 animals during the years we were active, and that’s not nothing.
I have Vax’ildan’s tiny pawprint tattooed over my heart as a reminder of the ones we helped and those we lost. Some of our fosters were adopted by friends and family and we get to see pictures (and sometimes the cats themselves!) of them on occasion, and it makes us proud.
Again, thank you all for joining us on our fostering journey these last few years. We know we made a difference in a lot of lives, and we couldn’t have done it without your help.
Though we’re no longer in operation, we hope that you might consider volunteering at your local shelter or animal welfare organization. They are always in need of help and donations, and a little bit goes a long way.
Dina James and BeeBee’s House