Feline Inspiration

Fostering sick shelter cats inspired Heather Kennedy to become a veterinarian.

By Cimeron Morrissey

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As most foster parents will tell you, providing temporary care to cats in need will make a big impact on your life, but for Heather Kennedy, it has actually changed the course of hers. Her experiences fostering sick shelter cats inspired her to pursue a second career in veterinary medicine. When she graduates from University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, Kennedy's goals are to work toward finding a cure for the fatal disease that claimed the lives of her favorite foster cats and also to prevent future generations of cats from entering shelters.

"Several years ago I had planned to transition from a successful career in retail management to business school, but unbeknownst to me, the cats were concocting an insidious plan to manipulate me into becoming a veterinarian," Kennedy jokes.

**Get the February 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**


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