Cats for Adoption: We’ve Been Waiting!

tabby cat fostercat
Meet Wallace!

Now that’s one cool cat! Who wouldn’t want a tabby cat who could post just like that? But Wallace has been in a foster home with FosterCat for over a year and he is more than ready for his own home, along with Betsy and Lucy also featured here. The fine people at FosterCat have also prepared a flyer for each cat that you can download and print out to post wherever you think people might like to adopt Wallace, Betsy or Lucy. The link is at the end of their description.

Wallace was rescued off the streets and taken to the Western PA Humane Society where he was transferred to FosterCat. Wallace loves kids and other cats and would make a wonderful companion for any household. According to his foster home Wallace is just the sweetest guy and all he wants is for someone to love him and give him a home of his own. He is a brown tabby about four years old and he’s been neutered, tested for Feline Leukemia and has had all of his vaccinations.

You can also click here to download a flyer to print out and advertise Wallace anywhere you think someone would want to adopt him.

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Betsy

gray and white cat
Meet Betsy!

Betsy was rescued outside with her four kittens last year. All of the kittens found wonderful homes and now it’s Betsy’s turn. Betsy has been in and out foster homes and PetSmart stores and people just pass by her cage without a glance and we don’t know why. Betsy is shy at first but within a day or two her sweet and affectionate personality shines. Betsy just loves pets and hugs and does well with other cats and is very affectionate around little children as well. Betsy is about 18 months old, has been spayed, tested for Feline Leukemia and has had all of her vaccinations. All Betsy needs now is a home of her own with that special someone.

You can also click here to download a flyer to print out and advertise Betsy anywhere you think someone would want to adopt her.

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Lucy

black and white cat fostercat
Meet Lucy!

Lucy was rescued by the Meadows Race Track. A woman noticed that a little black and white cat was sitting in neighbors windows crying to get inside and no one paid any attention to her. She was truly someone’s pet and abandoned outside. Lucy is a quiet girl, loves to cuddle and gets along well with other cats. She would make an excellent companion in any household. Lucy has been spayed, tested for Feline Leukemia and has had all of her vaccinations. All Lucy needs now is a home of her own with that special someone.

You can also click here to download a flyer to print out and advertise Lucy anywhere you think someone would want to adopt her.


Other cats for adoption from FosterCat

Wallace, Betsy and Lucy are by no means the only cats available! You can also view prior posts including Maisy, Maddy and Emily and Amelia—yes, it’s hard to believe that Emily and Amelia are still living outdoors! Please visit the FosterCat “Adopt Me” page to see cats and kittens of all ages colors and sizes.


Pet Photos With the Easter Bunny Benefits FosterCat!

Pet photos with the Easter Bunny at the new PawSpa Resort, 1701 Saw Mill Run Boulevard, on Saturday, April 12th from 11-2 pm.  Proceeds benefit FosterCat, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Bring your cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs (and of course your children) to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Download and share!

Pet photos with the Easter Bunny! fostercat
Pet photos with the Easter Bunny!

 

About FosterCat, Inc.

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FosterCat logo

FosterCat is exactly that—an organization that fosters cats until they can find a forever home. There is no shelter, just a system of homes and people who are glad to open their hearts to a kitty in need. Everything in the organization is done by volunteers, and all fundraising goes either into direct care for the cats in foster or to promoting the organization to find new foster homes or to place cats.

No animal likes to spend time in a cage. Any shelter will tell you that an animal who has spent time prior to adoption in a foster home is much more likely to be relaxed about the transition to a forever home.

FosterCat was founded by a group of individuals who saw adult cats spending weeks or longer in cages in a shelter, often becoming less adoptable all the time as they became less socialized and more stressed, and often not transitioning well to a permanent home after living in a cage, sometimes returned to the shelter for behavior issues related to stress.

Fostering cats, most importantly, saves their lives because they are no longer in danger of euthanasia from overcrowding in shelters. Secondly, it keeps them in a good frame of mind while they wait for their dream home to come along, and if they have any health issues they can be more closely attended in a foster home. Fostering families can vouch for their personality in a much more realistic way.

black cat in cage
So long, girls, good luck!

FosterCat and their fostering families

FosterCat is set up to support the families who foster with medications, food and litter as needed plus any veterinary expenses associated with fostering the cat. How could anyone lose? The kitty gets a safe temporary home and you get to love a kitty, and you are supported in kitty’s care. FosterCat screens potential foster homes with an application and home visit, so go to the “Become a FosterCat Foster Parent” page on their website, read more, and download the application.

The volunteers of FosterCat get cats out into the public as often as possible to increase chances of adoption, and maintain their own website of adoptable cats, advertising the website address to encourage people to browse for their next kitty. The organization also participates in local “Adopt-a-thon” events and utilizes the cat adoption program at PetSmart, frequently cycling cats into the store and back home so they don’t spend too much time in the cage, but just enough to remain socialized about meeting the public.

In this way they’ve been doing an incredible job finding homes for kittens and cats taken in during TNR clinics and socialized by the Homeless Cat Management Team. The Pittsburgh Feral Cat Movement takes care of socializing the cats and providing medical care, then they are placed in PetSmart under FosterCat’s name and there have been many happy adoptions since that partnership has begun.

When foster space opens up, they visit shelters to pick up cats in danger of euthanasia, they keep in touch with rescue organizations and occasionally take private surrenders as they did for me when a large black and white cat walked into a meeting I was attending.

And Rachel, at right, was rescued from a cemetery with all of her kittens. She had a rough time living in a hollowed out tree and trying to feed her kittens until a nice woman rescued her and her babies. All of her kittens found homes and now it’s Rachel’s turn. She is good with other cats and loves people. She is a very dear, sweet and petite girl who is just full of energy, who especially loves to be petted and craves attention. She has been spayed, tested for feline leukemia and vaccinated. If you’d like to adopt this little gray tabby and white girl, click here or on her photo.

FosterCat Needs Foster Homes

long-haired black and white cat
Pretty Boy lives up to his name, doesn’t he?

I’ve featured a number of cats on The Creative Cat who were available for adoption through FosterCat, Inc., like Pretty Boy, above, who is staying in the home of a generous family who fosters cats for FosterCat.

I’ve also featured cats like Emily and Amelia who are also in the FosterCat family, but actually live outdoors, cared for by a person who feeds and loves them, but can’t take them in.

FosterCat needs foster homes, it’s that simple. Emily and Amelia could at least have a place to stay if FosterCat had more foster homes, and FosterCat has put out the word that they are looking for special and generous families to agree to foster for them.

Volunteering for FosterCat

Volunteers for the organization don’t have to foster cats in order to assist. The list of volunteer activities is long and varied, from driving cats to vet appointments to helping organize the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster family for FosterCat, you can contact FosterCat at info@fostercat.org or send a message along to me and I will be glad to forward it. If you’d like to make a donation to FosterCat on behalf of any of the cats you’ve seen here or just to help them out, visit their website at www.fostercat.org where you can make a donation using PayPal or find contact information where you can send your donation.

The website also includes alumni stories from adopters who have reported back months or even years after the adoption, and a memorial page for any kitty, not just alumni.

And I’m pretty proud of that website—I designed it, and all but one of the kitties you see in the header photos is or was one who lived with me, at least as a foster.


12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Wall Calendar

"12 Sketches of Cats Calendar"
“12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Calendar”

Also, $10.00 from the sale of each copy of my limited edition 12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Wall Calendar is a donation directly to FosterCat to help them care for their cats and help them find homes. FosterCat also helps find homes for the cats and kittens rescued through the Pittsburgh Feral Cat Movement rescue group I write about on a regular basis. They are just all-around good for cats!

Read more about the calendars here.


All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster homes.

And read about other kittens and adult cats who are looking for homes.


Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

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A Home for Two Feral Community Cats

I have no photo for these two but two feral (community) cats that are fixed, rabies vaccinated, FIV and FeLV combo tested negative need to be relocated. These cats have lived in a managed colony but their home is no longer available. They are not pets, but need a safe and supervised home outdoors, preferably in a quiet or rural area.

Relocating cats who have an established territory is a time-consuming effort that requires patience and understanding because a cat who is simply released will do its best to get back to familiar territory. These cats will need to be kept in a large cage on site until they are accustomed to the area and the people who will be feeding them.

The Homeless Cat Management Team can provide the play cages for the relocation, some food, information on how to do it, etc.  They just need someone willing to do it, to keep the cats in the play cages for three – four weeks, then feed, water, shelter them for as long as they live on site. Right now they are temporarily in a shelter, but time is limited.


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


2014 Homeless Cat Management Team Clinics

FAST TRACK CLINICS
($30 PER FERAL – See below for other costs)
April 13• May 15
June 15 Father’s Day – free neuters – get those daddy cats too!

FREE CLINICS
May 4 – in memory of Milton Lendl

Other spay/neuter and low-cost veterinary options

Please check my Shelters, Assistance, Spay/Neuter page for opportunities in Pittsburgh and beyond.


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