I’m featuring Penny on rescue day because she’s a recent rescue story!
I remember when we trapped Penny, bringing her kittens back to the loading dock in a carrier and setting them up with the trap, thinking she was feral, hoping we’d catch her, but knowing how stressful it could all be for a feral mom. At first I thought she was solid black in the back of the loading dock, wondering what the heck we’d done with her kittens. She jumped right down as soon as we had them set up and began exploring the trap, and I saw she was a tortie. She was in the trap in about five minutes, and while we fed her kittens after we’d taken them all to Deana’s house, she looked startled, but not angry at all, just wondering, again, what the heck we were doing with her kittens. She was friendly all along. What a nice girl!
And now she’s up for adoption!
Hello future family! My foster parents call me Penny, as in the store “JCPenney,” because that’s where I was rescued from. I tried to move all seven of my babies to a safe place, but it turns out that loading docks at the Robinson Mall are not very safe! Some nice people working there came to save us and we have lived with our foster parents in a nice warm house ever since. Everyone thinks that I’m around two years old, but I won’t tell because a lady never reveals her true age.
I’ve been affectionate since day one, so I may have had a human family when I was a kitten. I’m obsessed with catnip, so please have some ready for me! Food is amazing, especially wet food. I will never turn down lovin’ from you and I do great with other animals. A furry friend for me to play with and snuggle would be an awesome bonus in my forever home because I am a social butterfly! I love all seven of my babies, but I’m officially retired because kids are exhausting! My kittens have all found forever homes, so now it’s my turn! If you’re ready to open your home to the sweetest cat you have ever met… here I am!!
P.S. I wouldn’t mind if you added the word “Princess” in front of my name!
P.P.S. You can apply for me here: http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
Adopting from Pittsburgh C.A.T.
All Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoptions begin with our application. After it’s reviewed you’ll be contacted about meeting your cat or kitten. All cats have been fostered in homes and are healthy, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines.
Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.
Other ways you can help
It’s officially kitten season, and we’re getting lots of kittens in, and of course we still have many adults already in our care. We always welcome donations to help care for our kitties. Adoption fees cover only a fraction of what we spend on medical costs. You can donate via Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org (If you don’t have Paypal, message us for other ways to donate.)
All of our cats are in foster homes, with foster parents bearing the brunt of the financial responsibility for their food and toys. If you’d like to donate items to our foster families, visit our Amazon wishlist at http://a.co/78yBZdF
Amazon Wish Lists
The Amazon Wish List for our group’s foster kittens.
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.
2017 Feral Cat Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/10PFDFN1BY55E/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
2017 Foster Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1DJBKJ6Y7IMR8/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
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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