January 21, 2013
One Louisa County woman is spending her free time fostering felines. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Meg Shrum who works around the clock finding safe and loving homes for dozens of shelter cats.
For Meg Shrum, caring for kitties is a labor of love. What started out as small effort to help a friend adopt a couple of cats has now turned into something much bigger.
For two years Shrum has been working hard to help cats in the Louisa County Animal shelter find a home.
Unlike many other local shelters, the Louisa County branch is not a "no kill" facility. That's why Shrum stepped up to avoid having any of the animals euthanized.
With the support of the Louisa Humane Society, she's been fostering cats in her home until they're adopted.
“Oh it's wonderful. People say how do you give them up? You get so attached. Well if you don't give them up you can't save another life,” said Meg Shrum, Fosters Cats.
Since opening up her home to her feline friends, Shrum has successfully helped 200 cats get adopted.
Not only does Shrum physically take care of her four legged residents, they are also her financial responsibility.
While the animals do get discounted trips to the vet, she buys all of their food and litter which can run a couple hundred bucks every two weeks.
Shrum is encouraging everyone with a pet to make sure they get them spayed and neutered.