Soon, Alteri decided to try fostering, just like her mom, as it was something she’d always wanted to do. She contacted the ASPCA and brought home her first two foster kittens, Bitsy and Jitterbug. At first, she kept the kittens in the bathroom, as she wasn’t sure how Charlie would react to sharing his home with them. As it turned out, though, she had absolutely nothing to worry about.
“He was dying to get inside and see them,” Alteri said. “When I finally let him into the bathroom, he immediately started bathing the kittens. I watched for weeks as he cared for them and helped bring them out of their shell. I had never seen anything like it. They were shy at first, but because they loved Charlie and Charlie loved me, they began trusting me.”