Second semester has only just begun, but the deadline to add courses has already passed! It seems like I am never at home, and 4 out 5 weekdays it seems like I am on campus from 8 am to 7 pm straight.
Right before the semester started, I began fostering six kittens from Barcs, which is an animal shelter located near the Inner Harbor. Having six little buddies running around has been fun, but has made sleeping near impossible, since I am constantly covered in cats, and one always wants to sleep on my head.
Fostering animals is a great way for Hopkins students to experience having animals at home (not in dorms of course) without having to commit to long-term keeping the animals. However, knowing me, I am of course keeping a kitten or two for myself. Animals have always been such an important part of my life, an I just can’t seem to live without a cat in my life.
Fostering also helps the animal shelters out. There is only limited space for animals and, especially for older animals, if there is no room they get euthanized. Kittens, on the other hands, need lots of socializing and space to play, so that’s why a foster home is the ideal place for them.
I’ve had my little guys for about three weeks now, and I will have them for one more week before they go in for a check up. Then they just get surgically sterilized, and they are ready for adoption. I was really excited that I found homes for all six kittens with JHU students. I know they would go to good homes if they were adopted straight from Barcs, but I am also very excited that they are going home with Hopkins students. Having a little kitty around really makes studying at home so much more fun!