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The Kitten Whisperer

Everybody loves cats, some more than others. CB senior Jaret Fiffick loves them even MORE than others. In the loud, crowded gym of a high school, three intense wrestling matches were in progress with the crowd completely engaged. While the crowd was on their feet, the Christian Brothers Wrestling team had attracted a crowd of […]

Everybody loves cats, some more than others. CB senior Jaret Fiffick loves them even MORE than others.

In the loud, crowded gym of a high school, three intense wrestling matches were in progress with the crowd completely engaged. While the crowd was on their feet, the Christian Brothers Wrestling team had attracted a crowd of their own in the bleachers. The root of the gathering crowd was two kittens and their owner, Jaret Fiffick (’16).

For about two and a half years, Jaret and his family have been fostering kittens ranging from one week to one month old. He remembers his family’s decision to foster kittens being impulsive and random.

“Mom found a rescue called Itsie Bitsie Rescue” he explained. “She was like ‘oh, let’s try fostering kittens.'”

Jaret wasn’t too upset that his family had decided to start fostering kittens because he is quite the animal lover, despite his macho appearance. In fact, he is surprised that some people mistake him for being a scary guy.

“Everyone thinks I’m big and mean but I’m really not,” the football player says. “Taking care of kittens is my thing.”

Over the years he has fostered between 50-60 kittens and has loved every kitten that has come his way. Occasionally, he grows attached to one of kittens — who can blame him? But he is aware of the sad reality that he has to give them away or else he and his family would be surrounded by too many feline friends.

“If we wanted to keep every cat we wanted to keep, we’d have about a thousand cats” he explained. “I’ve had a couple were I was like ‘I really want to keep you, but goodbye, friend.’ It reminds me of that scene from Titanic with Jack and Rose and Jack just sinks to the bottom. That’s how I feel sometimes”

There is no doubt that Jaret is a nondiscriminatory animal lover. When asked the age old question “cats or dogs?” he took no definite side, but noted that cats are less codependent.

“I just like animals,” he says. “Cats are a little bit easier to take care of because they are more independent.”

The mission of Itsie Bitsie Rescue is to provide shelter and development time in new born kittens and puppies to prevent the suffering and abandonment of neglected pets from local communities.

“We feed them, we play with them, we take care of them, we love them,” he says of the shelter’s mission.

In defiance of his masculine appearance, Jaret has an unquestionable nature that brings comfort to all — kittens and citizens.

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