[Update on the update] From Whisper’s caretaker:
“Whisper is in fact a boy and has a clean bill of health and is ready for adoption. He is so affectionate, LOVES to play with his toys and is so extremely well behaved. He purrs all of the time and just loves being safe and inside.
“Please spread the word and help me help him so that I can continue to get my Waterfront cats out of there and into safe, loving homes. It is not only great for them but much easier on me having less cats on the trail to care for….a much better long term solution for all involved. I will be getting more pictures soon for you to enjoy. Thank you for all who have been helping me! It is much appreciated.”
Initially Carol was looking for a foster for Whisper so she could bring the kitty in. Whisper had joined her colony of cats but was friendly though he was bullied by the other cats in her colony. She was willing to bring him in but even a friendly cat can be frightened and stressed when put into a carrier and move him indoors. Ultimately Carol intends to move all the cats in this colony to a safer place. Carol doesn’t have a good place to keep an adult foster for quarantine and assessment so she’d wanted to see first if anyone else could take him—yes, “him”, because Whisper turned out to be a boy, until this happened:
“Apparently a dump truck went down to the Waterfront and threw away the only 3 shelters barely visible from the trail (which I was told were allowed to stay there)….a nice igloo that someone donated, a heavy and sturdy shelter that a friend built and has been there since 2011 and one of Samantha’s shelters [made by Kopy Kat Sanctuary to sell for colony cats].”
Then she decided…
“After assessing the situation, Whisper needs out NOW!!! They found both of her shelters and trashed them both. She was crying under the pine tree soaking wet in the rain when I got there. I tried putting her in my carrier I had but she is so upset from today and frightened she wasn’t having it. I need to get her out now. She can’t wait. The rest I think I have a good solution for (for now) and away from this one and only problematic building. So PLEASE share Whisper’s beautiful face again. She has nowhere to go and now no shelter.”
And then this:
“I GOT WHISPER. I was NOT leaving her there with no shelter crying in the rain. You will have a wonderful, safe life my sweet.”
“I got Whisper tonight and NO ONE is EVER going to hurt her again!!!!! Thank you to everyone who is trying to help me now. I need it and appreciate it very much. She is already getting settled and wants nothing to do with her hiding spot [a box in her cage, common for feral and unsocialized cats to hide in when first socializing] so I took it out so she has more room. Thank you God for guiding her itty bitty kitty heart into my carrier. I didn’t even need to trap her…she is sick of being bullied and wanted help and I don’t blame her!!! Please help me find her the forever loving home she deserves.”
Whisper didn’t need much time to settle down and start acting like a socialized cat. Ear tip or not he knew all about living in a house.
“Whisper is doing FABULOUS!! After 24 hours she is already roaming the room, using her litter box, using a scratcher instead of my furniture (such a smart kitty…after being told “no” only one time when scratching on my chair she began using the kitty scratcher) and her favorite spot by far is at the window getting fresh air. I know right now she is confused and wants to run free and “play” with the moles, her favorite pastime, but she was in danger where she was without shelter or a safe feeding spot so it deemed immediate rescue. I would love to adopt her as soon as she has been combo tested so please keep the prayers coming and share. Thank you.”
“UPDATE: Whisper is a boy!! He is the only cat who came to my colony already fixed with an ear tip. I really thought he was a she but I think I was wrong now that I am able to really look. Either way he is adorable and safe and looking for a wonderful loving home.”
“Whisper enjoyed playing with HIS visitors today. Yes…now that I can get a close look, I do in fact think she is a he!!! I will be glad to have it confirmed since it’s difficult for me to tell when the “nunees” are gone. Being the only cat who showed up at my colony already ear tipped, I was never 100% sure of the sex.
“I have done everything I can to fix the ugly situation down here at the Waterfront, yet my heart is so heavy with sadness imagining my babies watching those mean men haul a huge dumptruck up to their shelters and throw away the only place they have called home since 2011. Some people can be so nasty, cruel, and just plain mean and I am truly sick of it. I am grateful to help take care of God’s beautiful creatures but I can tell you, I have never experienced the depths of cruelty in the human species until I began this journey. Some people say quit…walk away…but when the good give up the evil prevails. That’s why we must RESIST when things are wrong, ACT and do what is right, and SPREAD love. Love truly trumps hate.”
So Whisper is one lucky kitty, and Carol is one incredible caretaker. Whisper is safe even if Carol is pretty crowded. Please share Whisper’s story, both to help find a new home and to share the information about how colony cats are often treated. If you are interested in Whisper, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Carol.
Whisper’s original story
This kitty looking for a home has a little bit of a special twist. She is currently a community cat, living outdoors and cared for by Carol who feeds a colony along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. But she’s so friendly that Carol knows Whisper would love her own forever home.
Many caretakers make every effort to befriend every cat who comes along for various reasons:
- The cat may be lost and befriending it can help return it to an owner who is missing it.
- The cat may be intact and in need of having a few non-essential parts removed.
- The cat may look or seem ill and getting a closer look is essential to its health.
- The cat may be friendly enough to be fostered and find a new home.
Really, people run out in all weather and to sometimes rather dangerous places to feed and care for community cats because they love cats. And they love those cats especially. And because they love those cats they want them to be safe and healthy and loved. Plenty of formerly feral cats sweeten up over time and give in to the relentless human. It’s actually their nature to do so.
This little girl doesn’t need any time to sweeten up. She’s there.
Here is Whisper’s story…
This is Whisper….isn’t she beautiful? She “appeared” at my one colony last year (2016)….obviously a dump with her temperament and very sweet self (and she was the only cat here that appeared with an ear tip). She is a petite girl and probably only 2 years old. My boys have bullied her and she eats and sleeps all alone. She used to love having kitty friends and seems lonely by herself and she often cries when I leave at night, truly breaking my heart (she is right where Musetta, another community cat, was bullied too and even looks a bit like her).
Can you please help me find her the forever loving home she deserves? She is skittish at first (wouldn’t you be living alone outside?) but is a big love and cuddle bug once she trusts you. She loves my sweet Rufus too so is likely good with dogs (My Rufus LOVES cats and is extremely mellow with them so I’m not sure how she would be around excitable dogs). Let’s find her her happily ever after.
Whisper would initially need a foster home to check her temperament while indoors and to update her health and vaccinations. We know she is spayed and because she is ear-tipped we know she had a rabies vaccine. Outside of that she needs the works. But she’s very worth the extra treatment.
Whisper is only available for foster or adoption through Carol. I’d be more than happy to forward any messages about her to Carol.
Other ways you can help
Amazon Wish Lists
Many rescuers pay out of pocket for veterinary care and food but the costs of raising even the average litter of four healthy kittens is more than many people have, and many rescues have greater needs. Pittsburgh CAT has a number of wish lists that include foods for feeding neo-natal kittens like KMR, and other lists that include the best kitten foods, adult cat foods, food and materials for feral cats, and preferred toys and litter.
Pittsburgh CAT Wish List: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2IUQ0FQOL2I51
2015 Foster Cat/Kitten Wish List: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1A1HUNQ7J3DL/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v?
Winter Kitten Wish List! http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3CZ6IYCKS2A7N/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v?
Fall Wishlist for Fosters/Ferals! http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2TD3TQBOEMT1E/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v?
Food For Foster Kittens: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/OJQIYGC91289/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v?
Our Groups Foster Kittens! http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1D226142CCGZX/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v?
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives
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