Thankyou for all your kind words. I was stunned when I found out what the result would be. Seamus had a nasty strain of the cat flu. With the shelter full due to kitten season and the rental crisis, they couldn't keep them there, and they weren't allowed to leave them on foster or adopt them out.
I understand why they need to try and stop an outbreak occuring at the shelter- the last cat flu outbreak went right through the shelter despite their best efforts, and they are dealing with a parvo outbreak too. In order to get the paltry government funding they recieve, there are strict rules regarding the control of outbreaks. And if the shelter gets a reputation for having sick kitties, people will be more reluctant to go there.
Seamus went downhill very quickly. I thought he had a run of the mill shelter sniffle, but yesterday, he started having trouble getting around and was shaking. Holly was sneezing, and Poppy and Jimmy were developing yucky noses. They must have felt bad, but they were full of rumbly purrs to the end.
I was wondering whether I could bring myself to foster again after what happened. One of our Catster friends said that we would love others because of the Blossoms and Seamus, and I think that is probably a better legacy for them.
Again, thankyou for all your kind comments. It really does mean a lot.