I just have to share that, while I think Ernie is one of the cutest cats I’ve ever met, and his face makes me smile and laugh, I find his toes absolutely irresistible! Look at those big cotton balls! It looks as if just has paws were dipped in paint, hanging on to the ends of those black legs.
When he lines them all up he is almost totally symmetrical.
White paws just do me in. I have no idea why, but it’s always been that way. Those who know me mainly for my family of house panthers don’t know that, more than once, it was big, round, soft white paws that made me grab a kitty and take it home to rescue, and possible even to not look so hard for a home. Stanley‘s white paws had me from the first time I saw him in 1986, and that was long after I first saw Bootsie in her cage at the Humane Society in 1970.
He does some fancy steps with those paws! and look at those feathers around his toes! and then there’s his belly, but that’s another post!
And I didn’t even get to his hind paws. Ernie is just cute all over.
And as you can see, he has black beans in those white paws!
I think he knows he’s cute too, especially when his paws look like mittens with really hands in them.
Ernie was likely born in May 2014. He was trapped along with his brother Bert in August 2014 and taken to a shelter. Acting “feral” they were to be euthanized but PittsburghCAT’s contact with the shelter offered to give them another chance. They’ve come a long way from where they started, and they deserve a really happy forever home, together or apart. So take a look at his photos! Ernie is up for adoption through PittsburghCat and hasn’t had one single person show interest, so let’s make Ernie feel better and contact me!
Opportunities to Help Cats
Amazon Wish Lists
I’ve lost count of the number of kittens in foster among our volunteers, and August is usually the month with the highest surrender numbers at Pittsburgh shelters. Part of the mission with TNR is to not return the kittens—once we’ve rescued them we socialize them and put them up for adoptiont.
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, like Auntie. If you can help with just one purchase from the kitten wish list on Amazon.com you’d make some kittens and a rescuer very happy.
We have two wish lists at the moment, the one hosted by Margo which several of you have donated through already and a new one hosted by Tarra that includes items for adult cats.
Help Feral Cats This Winter
We not only provide spay and neuter surgery as well as vaccines for the community cats we care for, we also provide emergency veterinary care, food when necessary, and we make shelters for them to live in over the winter. We’ve had a few shelter-making parties with Rubbermaid containers and styrofoam coolers, but we are running short of supplies. Right now we need $188 to buy tape and plastic so we can convert coolers into shelters this weekend and a few weekends in the future, so we can distribute shelters to as many cats as we can. Anything you’d like to donate would be greatly appreciated, though these donations are not tax-deductible. You can PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Download the app for Android or iPhone and record your walk to raise money for your chosen rescue.
Of course, choose “Homeless Cat Management Team”!
The kitty pictured above is “Hope” rescued just this past summer, and the image was custom made for HCMT by ResQwalk.
Choose Android or iPhone.
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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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!