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The Unlikely Foster Parent

One woman's quest to help kittens earned her the leading role as headmistress of her own cat rescue group.

One woman's quest to help kittens earned her the leading role as headmistress of her own cat rescue group.
Cat Fancy- Kitten Foster- August 2011

As a longtime TV producer, Shawn Simons is familiar with against-all-odds stories, but she never thought she’d play the starring role in the cat fostering saga that has unfolded in her own life.

Simons’ journey began just a few years ago on a dark and stormy night when she heard a strange noise in her backyard and tentatively crept outside to investigate. In the trembling beam of her flashlight, she spotted a fluffy blue-eyed Siamese kitten in the bushes. “The kitten hissed at me and, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I was actually terrified by his rice-sized teeth, so I ran inside!” she says with a laugh. Fear does not come easily for Simon, who was a segment producer on the reality TV show Bridezillas, which features livid women having out-of-control meltdowns. “I could deal with brides-to-be, but I’d never even had a pet growing up, so I had no idea what to do with this kitten,” she says.

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