A friend is working independently on a large colony TNR project at a trailer park west of Pittsburgh along with two smaller projects near her home. These two cats were trapped in one of the colonies near her home and she is fostering while she works out the other projects, but the number of cats and kittens to be spayed and neutered and held overnight at the larger project makes fostering difficult—and actually Cheyenne, below, was returned to the colony to live outdoors though she was very friendly, but came back to the rescuer’s home when it appeared she was injured.
After a period of fostering GiGi and Cheyenne went together to a PetSmart adoption site and after several weeks were not adopted, though both were friendly and endearing. Their rescuer took them back to trade out cage space and give the two girls a break and time in a home.
Finding a home for these two cats would be a great help, not only for the cats, but for the rescuer as well since there are still many other cats to spay and neuter at the colony. Their rescuer has provided the descriptions below.
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This is GiGi. She was found in Green Garden Plaza in Aliquippa on November 7. She was running around meowing behind Giant Eagle and with some coaxing she allowed me to scruff her and put her in a carrier. GiGi is an incredibly sweet and affectionate cat. She purrs and kneads constantly. She loves her cuddle time. She’s probably just about a year old. She was spayed and she has been given her 1 year rabies vaccine, first distemper vaccine, and tested negative for FIV and FeLV. She has been flea treated with Revolution and de-wormed. She’s healthy and ready to start her new life in a loving home. She gets along with other cats, but is nervous with the dogs. She’s still learning about toys and is still a bit nervous when the scary feather monster comes flying around (the feather toy). She’ll need some help teaching her that toys are fun and it’s great to play. Right now she’s all about snuggles. I’d like to see GiGi in a home with adults or a family with older children. Other cats are fine, mellow dogs would probably be ok. I do require my adopters complete an application, I check references, and then perform a home visit before the adoption is complete. There is a $50.00 adoption fee.
GiGi is currently being fostered in Ambridge, PA, west of Pittsburgh. If you are interested in GiGi please contact Melanie at petrescue @ comcast . net.
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Cheyenne hardly holds still so it’s been hard to get a really good picture of her!
Cheyenne part of theAliquippa colony and wasspayed at around 4 months old in October. Since the rescuer didn’t have any fosters, Cheyenne was returned to the colony. She was pulled from the colony in December when the feeder said she had an injured paw. After a vet exam, they found she had an old toe injury that was not going to cause her any issues.Cheyenne is about 8 months old now. She’s super affectionate and cuddly. She has a weird meow that is very endearing. Cheyenne is in love with my husband. She follows him everywhere and is constantly crawling on him. She loves to be held and loved on. She’s good around other cats, but does not seek companionship with them. She is indifferent to Dutchess (the dog) even though Dutchess constantly pokes at her with her nose. LOL.
She is spayed, tested negative for FIV/FeLV, and up to date on vaccines. She has been de-wormed and flea treated as well. She may be shy in a new situation. I was told she did very well at Petsmart and had no problem allowing strangers to hold her.
Cheyenne is currently being fostered in Ambridge, PA, west of Pittsburgh. If you are interested in Cheyenne please contact Melanie at petrescue @ comcast . net.
I’d love to get these 2 ladies into new homes. They deserve it.
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About Bonk aka Bonkers
(Please read all the way to the bottom for a happy ending.)
The truth is, if we didn’t have so many animals already Bonk would be a permanent member of our home. I absolutely love him. He has so much personality. He’s fun, silly, weird. He’s also very affectionate and playful. He gets along with cats, dogs, everyone. He’s so much fun to have around. He constantly has us laughing. He’s obsessed with feet and will often just roll around your feet and play with them or your shoe laces. He’s not picky. He runs around the house trilling and meowing at nothing. He’ll randomly trill at his tail and chase it. Bonk is a young adult, but still very much stuck in kitten hood. Bonk was trapped on August 2 as part of a TNR project. He was underweight, had scabs all over his body, and hair loss. He was infested with fleas and worms. He was so happy to have someone care for him and he blossomed as he healed. From what we know Bonk was born outside, but had regular contact with people in the neighborhood so he became socialized. Sadly, no one would bring him inside. That’s all behind him now. He’s an incredibly happy cat and would do great in any environment. Bonk is neutered, has his 1 year rabies vaccine, first distemper vaccine, and tested negative for FIV and FeLV. He’s been treated for fleas and de-wormed and he will need to remain on regular flea treatments since he does have a flea allergy. Bonk is ready to start his new adventure with his new family. You can’t help but fall in love with this guy.
Bonk is neutered and tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia. He has his rabies and distemper vaccines. He has been treated for fleas and is de-wormed. Bonk will need to stay consistently on flea treatment to keep him from getting itchy again. He seems to have a bit of flea allergy dermatitis.
If you’d like to give either of these wonderful kitties a new home, Melanie at petrescue @ comcast . net. Located in Ambridge, west of Pittsburgh, PA. Adopters are screened carefully and there is a $50.00 adoption fee.
Guess who ended up adopting Bonk? Yes! Actually Melanie lost one of her senior dogs earlier last year, and thought she’d lose the second dog, Sam, who was grieving so deeply she barely moved some days. Melanie went on a search for a companion dog with no luck, then late last summer met Dutchess, an eight-year-old pit bull mix with a little bit of a heart condition at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society as she was picking up feral cats from TNR surgeries. Dutchess fit into her household easily enough, and did keep Sam company to the end of his time. At the same time, she and Bonk became fast friends and are nearly inseparable! So Bonk has a happy fur-ever home. Melanie has many cats in her home already, and always more fosters with all her TNR work, and keeping another cat permanently was no small decision to make. But watching them play was too much fun. Unfortunately all the images were videos and I couldn’t share one! I love happy endings!
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Photo courtesy foster home.
Opportunities to Help 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.
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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.
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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