FosterCat will have a few kittens and cattens for adoption at their upcoming dinner, but for now here are three rescued kittens who are healthy and socialized and ready for a forever home!
Above is Bella, who was born to a feral mother but is opening up to people. She’s quiet and shy but we can see she’s talkative. Bella is FIV/FeLV negative and spayed and up to date on her shots for her age.
Below is Peanut, who was also feral but has decided that people aren’t so bad. She’s very petite and quiet, but very playful. She is FIV/FeLV negative and spayed and up to date on her shots for her age.
And here is PJ. He was a feral cat with little patience for humans. Now he’s a loving sweetheart who loves to play. He gets along well with other cats. PJ is litter box trained and fl negative. Is neutered and shots are current.
These three kittens may need a little extra patience from the humans who adopt them. If you are interested in adopting any of these three kittens to help continue socializing them, contact FosterCat, Inc. at their website, www.fostercat.org. To see more cats adoptable from FosterCat, join us at their annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, September 13, 2014!
The Ninth Annual FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, September 13 – 5:00 to 8:00 pm
St. Catherine of Siena Church
McCann Hall (lower level)
1907 Broadway Avenue
Visit the FosterCat website for more information on the dinner www.fostercat.org.
About FosterCat, Inc.
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.
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
I’ve featured a number of cats on The Creative Cat who were available for adoption through FosterCat, Inc., like Pretty Boy, at left, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Photos courtesy Dawn Adler.
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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
Browse some rescued cats and kittens—browse here or visit PittsburghCAT!
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