Basant knew that moving to the United States for school would be a big undertaking, both culturally and emotionally. She had a history of depression in the past and the new changes in her life instigated her depression again. As she settled in, she sought a medical professional for treatment and advice. Her doctor suggested she get a pet as pets are proven to help humans with emotional support. Having never owned a pet before, Basant had no idea where to even begin when seeking a first-time pet.
After doing some research, Basant found the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA). She met with their team, told them her situation, and they suggested she try fostering. Basant got all set up to become a kitten foster and quickly realized how much she loved having pets in the house. After fostering two litters of kittens and witnessing them find their loving homes, she knew animal welfare was something she was passionate about so she began volunteering at the APA.
While volunteering, a quiet, orange kitten named Carrot caught her eye. Carrot was extremely shy and wouldn't let Basant pet him, but she didn't let that discourage her. Basant was patient and affectionate, carrying and petting him whenever he would let her. One day, Carrot finally returned her affection and that’s when Basant knew she was ready to make the commitment and adopt Carrot. Since bringing Carrot home, Basant says “he’s a very special boy! He has to greet me every morning and every afternoon when I get back home by jumping in my lap and licking my nose. He’s basically my family here."
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