Losing Apartment, 9 Cats Need Foster Homes

photos of four cats
Four of the cats who need a home, looks like Lily, Samantha, Jennifer and Toby.

A friend sent an e-mail over the weekend informing us of a friend of hers who had lost her job several months ago and is now losing her apartment. The nine cats she lovingly rescued will need homes by Friday, February 17—but only temporary foster homes because she intends to get back on her feet when she finds another job and take them all back into her home.

She is offering to pay all their expenses, and just asks that you keep them safe while she re-establishes herself.

I will note that I have fostered one or more cats for people in transition several times, and each time, once they got back into their own apartment, they came back for their cats. I tend to trust these people, and knowing their cats are safe and loved lets them work on finding new homes and new jobs without worrying about what would happen to their pets. You not only help the pet, you help the person as well—often, giving up a pet is the most difficult part of financial hardship, leading to depression and completely inhibiting any chance of rebuilding one’s life.

I had word today that three of the cats may have been placed, though I’m not sure which three that would be from this list. But it doesn’t matter, if you can foster one or more, just comment on this blog post and I will put you in touch with their person or one of the people helping her. I get the idea the mid-month eviction was a total surprise and they are looking for a home for her as well as her cats.

We are near Pittsburgh, in Western Pennsylvania.

photos of four cats
Four more of the cats who need homes, looks like Lily's kittens, marked with an (*) below.

Her note is below, as well as the descriptions of the cats, several of whom were rescued from near-death experiences.

I have 9 cats in need of temporary foster homes. The following is a brief history/physical description on the kids. All of them are in good health, strictly indoor kitties, no special needs/diets.

I will provide for food, litter and any vet needs. They just need safe shelter while I re-establish myself. I love them all very much, and would like to have them all back once I’m settled. They are important to [me], but their welfare comes first to me since…they are my only family left. Should they be placed, I hope it would be OK to either see them, or be updated on how they are.

Here are the kitties:

Jennifer — 14 y/o Black DSH, spayed female. She prefers quite places and people. She is also known as “Jettie.” She was rescued from Ft. Wayne, IN Animal Care/Control Death Row at approximately 2 years of age.

Samantha — 14 y/o Red Tabby DSH, spayed female, declawed. She is very active for a Senior, and does have a tendency to try to”escape” to the outdoors, but usually stops once she sees grass. She is very social with other cats and with people. She is also known as “Skeeter.” She was the stray that wouldn’t go away and was approximately 2 years of age when she came to us in Ohio (and was already declawed).

Lily — 6 y/o mottled Tortie DSH, spayed female. She also prefers quiet places and people, but does rule the roost. She was rescued from intentional drowning. She is also known as “Momma” since she gave birth to 5 kittens.

Toby — 5 y/o White with Red Tabby spots DSH, neutered male. He is pretty active,gets along with other cats and people. He is cautious on first meeting. He is also known as “Oby,” and rescued from the engine of a truck in Ohio at just a few weeks of age.

*William — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, neutered male. Very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Woobie” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Piet — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, neutered male. Very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Peeker”and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Juliana — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, spayed female. Friendly, but reserved, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. She is also known as “Pinkie” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Wilhelmina — 4 y/o Chocolate Sealpoint-looking DSH, spayed female. She is very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. She is also known as “Willa” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Beatrix — 4 y/o White/Red/Gray DSH, spayed female. Friendly, but reserved, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Beebee” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

photo of four cats
Four of the cats who need homes.

________________________

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Bernadette

From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, The Creative Cat offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats. From catchy and creative headlines to factual articles and fictional stories, The Creative Cat provides constant entertainment and important information to people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

9 thoughts on “Losing Apartment, 9 Cats Need Foster Homes

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    Permalink

    Hi everyone – We found Gwen a place to stay in our neighborhood. The two eldest are going to a women in McCandless. A vet tech friend in Coraopolis (Zoe) is taking two. The one adoption fell through due to concerns about new carpeting. We’ve got a couple offers for just the weekend, but need at least a month or more. She’s offering to pay for food and litter. My partner and I are taking two, but we’re over limit as it is…but we WILL NOT let them go to a “kill” shelter. They’re sociable cats, and Gwen’s agreed to allow some of the siblings to be adopted if someone is interested. She just wants to know that they’re going to be ok. Thanks for any help from the Pittsburgh area. Gwen cares more about her babies than herself, but it will be easier for her to get back on her feet if she knows they’re with real “cat people.” Barb

    Reply
    • February 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm
      Permalink

      I will help…I can do 3 or 4
      just let me know
      I’m getting a male feral fixed and tnr him before friday
      So I have more room.

      Reply
      • February 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm
        Permalink

        Robin, I’m responding since I know Barb is totally overwhelmed today with work and with moving things. We may have enough foster homes now but just in case something falls through I’d like to get your information to Barb. Please send a message to bernadette@bernadette-k.com (that’s me, don’t know if that will come up as a link in this reply). Thanks!

        Reply
  • February 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    Permalink

    I wish I could help, but I live outside of Philadelphia.

    Bernadette, would a donation help this woman and her kitties?

    Roxanne

    Reply
    • February 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm
      Permalink

      Roxanne, thanks for caring, and I’m thinking that if she’s out of a job and losing her apartment, but she wants to pay for her cats’ expenses in foster homes, she could certainly use a donation. Let me find out who we can send it so since she’ll be moving around. I’ll let you know.

      Reply
    • February 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Roxanne – I’m Bernadetts friend Barb – and am one of the people helping Gwen place her babies. Yes, a donation would help buy pet food. She has very little for herself, but is putting the cats first – of course. Thanks!

      Reply
  • February 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Permalink

    Where are they located? is ther a rescue nearby that would help? I am happy to help if there is a way to get them here. If they’re in CA, will Cat’s House on the Kings sanctuary help out?

    Reply
    • February 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm
      Permalink

      They are in Pittsburgh, in Western Pennsylvania. They had already contacted all the rescues before sending out the story in e-mail, everyone is full.

      Reply
  • February 14, 2012 at 9:32 am
    Permalink

    We can’t take on extra cats indefinitely but if space is needed in an emergency for a very short period of time (like a weekend) I could find room for a couple of cats to sleep upstairs in the finished attic. In the meantime I posted on FB asking Nancy Shawgo if there are any spaces available at Animal Advocates.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers