After the flood in Louisiana, Melissa heard that shelters were inundated with stray pets and signed up to become a foster caretaker. A $10,000 Disaster Relief Grant to Acadiana Animal Aid enabled them to allocate resources to the influx of both pets and volunteers. As flood waters receded, three kittens were found in a barbecue pit and, with no mother nearby, were taken to Acadiana Animal Aid.

Melissa took over foster duty, and one of the kittens quickly stood out to her. Social and friendly, Teche was the most appreciative of her attention. When it came time to return the kittens to the shelter for adoption, Melissa only made it one night without Teche. Now a member of the family, Teche gets to spend every night with the person who cared for her during the worst of times.