Trooper Needs Another Home, and a Few Rescued Cats

Trooper is still looking for a home.
Trooper is still looking for a home.
UPDATE: Good news! For now Trooper’s adoptive family has decided they feel confident about treating Trooper’s diabetes and will give it a try. So Trooper still has a home!

Trooper is up for adoption again…his blood glucose levels did not return to normal as he recovered and they will need to be controlled with insulin. His adoptive home can’t keep him, not only for the cost of insulin but because they already have a few humans they are caring for. He’s still just as sweet and loving, but he’ll need a little more care that’s not terribly difficult.

Trooper was rescued by several people and taken to Kopy Kat Sanctuary, which is a small home-based sanctuary for cats, and as a small rescue adopting Trooper to a loving home would be a great help to them. Besides that, he’s more than ready for a new and loving home after his experiences! Trooper was found wandering, terribly knotted and skin and bones, after his owner, who’d neglected him for years, put him outside to fend for himself at the age of at least 10 years. Kind people rescued him, cleaned him up and gave him critical medical care to rehydrate and stabilize. Aside from the diabetes, he’s in wonderful shape for what he’s been through. If you migh tbe interested in helping Trooper, contact Kopy Cat Sanctuary based in Delmont, PA, east of Pittsburgh.


A Few Rescues Looking for Foster or Homes

These cats are living and being cared for outdoors but foster home can’t be found for them—they need foster or forever homes fast as waves of winter weather hit our area!

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Friendly Gray Tabby and White Girl
tabby and white cat
Friendly tabby and white kitty is living in the woods.

From friends on Facebook: “This beautiful and extremely loving and friendly kitty desperately needs a fur-ever home. Been trying to find one for her, but no luck so far. She lives in the woods here and we were able to let her in this evening to eat while our dog is away at our daughter’s. My husband and grandson are very allergic, otherwise we would gladly adopt her. Anyone who is looking for a friendly feline as an indoor pet, would absolutely love this girl. We will be sure she is spayed and up to date on all vac’s….Hoping she finds a home before winter really sets in here!!!

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Some kitties are bold enough to step up and ask for a home, and this girl couldn’t be working any harder to get one. Contact me if you are interested in fostering or adopting this pretty girl!

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Long-haired One-eyed Tabby Girl
long-haired one-eyed tabby cat.
Sweet but neglected kitty living in a garage.

From friends on Facebook: “This pretty one eyed kitty needs a home. She was thrown out by her owners. They got a puppy and a new kitten. They always left her outside.

She has been staying in my nieces garage. She lives on a busy road and is afraid she gets hit by a car. She’s spayed and about 6 yrs old.

UPDATE: She has been named “Uno”, and loves everyone despite what’s happened.

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After all that, this kitty deserves a loving forefer home indoors. Contact me if you are interested in fostering or adopting this special girl!

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Found at a Gas Station
tabby cat
Tabby cat at Steel Veterinary Services.

From Steel Veterinary Services (Washington PA) on Facebook: “This cat was found at the Exxon in Lone Pine. She is at the Vet Clinic right now and will be spayed and get all the works to be ready for a new home.

“This cat is very nice and loving. She was starved and has worms. Marcia’s Muttley Crew is asking for your help because she can’t keep a cat since they are a dog rescue. Anyone that would like to adopt a very nice cat please contact Marcia at 724-225-0006. Thank you!!

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Marcia of Marcia’s Muttley Crew is the person who was instrumental in rescuing Bernie! Ccontact Marcia at 724-225-0006 if you are interested in fostering or adopting this special girl!

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Rex Wants to Come In From the Cold
tabby and white cat on porch
Rex at his food bowl.

From friends Peg Bowman: “Rex (“King of the Porch Cats”) is Papa to at least 10 kittens that we know of (and probably lots more that we don’t), but his Don Juan days are now over and he’s ready to retire to a life of leisure. Will someone offer this affectionate, well-mannered 15 pounds of purr with oodles of character a home? Rex is approx 3-4 years old, healthy, and a real charmer.”

Rex was one of Peg’s “porch cats” prior to neuter and is currently living on Peg’s front porch with a warm shelter and food, as you see here, but she’d love to find him a real home.

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Contact Peg if you are interested in fostering or adopting this big guy!


Your Reward for Helping Homeless Cats through Frankie’s Friends and Homeless Cat Management Team

Holiday Cheer for Homeless Cats and Their Caretakers
Holiday Cheer for Homeless Cats and Their Caretakers

How you can help homeless cats and their caretakers

Just this past weekend a dozen or more people spent Friday and Saturday trapping cats—one person trapped as many as ten, others seven or eight each, kittens, adults—for the no-charge spay/neuter clinic for feral cats on Sunday. Over 100 cats were registered, four veterinarians volunteered their time for a very long day in surgery and shifts of volunteers prepped cats for surgery and cleaned them up afterward, watching them in recovery and packing them up to leave.

That’s 100 cats who will never produce another kitten. Imagine the impact on feline populations just this one clinic has! Then think of the fact that free or low-cost clinics are held about every three weeks all through the year, the kittens pulled from the streets and fostered to find forever homes, the friendly adults fostered and rehomed if possible, and the impact all this work has on feline populations.

From the rescues taken in to find another home to the cats who end up living outdoors because there is no home for them dedicated individuals volunteer their time, expertise and money to feed and provide shelter for all these cats, in all seasons, every day of the year. Right now we are headed for the often deadly winter months where sturdy straw-filled shelters are needed to be built and maintained for cats living outdoors, and often critical emergency veterinary care is needed for kittens born in the cold, and cats suffering injuries caused by or made worse by wintery weather along with the usual street injuries and, unfortunately, abuse.

homeless cat management team logo
Homeless Cat Management Team logo

We may call this Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR or simply rescue. It’s far more than just grabbing homeless cats and spaying or neutering them, returning them to their outdoor home, and as long as people continue abandoning cats the need for all this work will continue as well. Often there’s a network of assistance behind what rescuers do to help them with this rescue and care for outdoor cats, offering food and materials if they can’t afford it on their own and low-cost veterinary care for a cat they’ve rescued or a foster or outdoor cat they are caring for.

The Homeless Cat Management Team (HCMT) and Frankie’s Friends provide that network of care to rescuers in the Pittsburgh area, loaning out traps, networking rescuers, providing low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics at least monthly and making low-cost emergency veterinary care available to rescuers as well as distributing food and even shelters to those who are caring for rescues in their homes or community cats living outdoors.

Here’s where you come in

Frankie's Friends Cat Rescue
Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue

There are two ways you can help this effort by making even a small tax-deductible donation to Frankie’s Friends for HCMT and their network of rescuers and caretakers through a donated gift card or with cash, and I’ll give you a $10 gift certificate to my Etsy shop for you to use for your holiday shopping, to give as a gift, or keep for later, good for $10.00 off your order of $25.00 or more. And don’t forget that both cash and gift cards are fully tax-deductible as charitable contributions unless you are receiving a gift from the organization you are donating to—but you’re not receiving a gift from Frankie’s Friends, that comes from me, and I’m doing this of my own free will and get no benefit from Homeless Cat Management Team or Frankie’s Friends for it.

Donate gift cards electronically

Help HCMT and Frankie’s Friends continue to provide much-needed food and supplies to rescuers and caretakers by donating a gift card for pet supplies and they can purchase food and supplies tailored for the animals they are caring for. Petco, PetSmart and WalMart are each convenient to the HCMT clinic in Tarentum where the TNR clinics are held and the veterinary care happens, and where the materials are collected and distributed, so gift cards from these three would be most appreciated.

Here’s what you do:

1. Go to the Petco, PetSmart or WalMart website and purchase an electronic gift card for at least $10.00.

2. Designate it as a gift to “Frankie’s Friends”.

3. In their “notes” section (most have one for gifts), note that this is through “The Creative Cat Holiday Cheer for Homeless Cats”, or just “The Creative Cat” so Frankie’s Friends knows where it came from.

4. To complete the gift card, here is their contact information:

Mailing Address: Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 161, Tarentum, PA 15084

Email:  frankiesfriendscatrescue@gmail.com

Phone Number: 724-889-7011

5. Email your confirmation to me, or simply email me that you donated a gift card through the Holiday Cheer program. Please let me know if you’d like to be acknowledged publicly at the end of the campaign with just your name, no donation amount. Your name will not be used without your permission to publish it.

6. Frankie’s Friends will email me to confirm your donation.

7. I will reply to your email with your numbered gift certificate attached.

If you’re not comfortable purchasing it on the internet, you can purchase it in person and mail it to them using the address above. Simply include a note that it’s part of “The Creative Cat Holiday Cheer for Homeless Cats”, or just “The Creative Cat”, and make sure you include your email address. They will contact me when they receive it and I will send your gift certificate.

Make a donation

A cash donation will help support the low-cost veterinary care that has saved many lives and, most importantly, prevented the births of many kittens. And Frankie’s Friends also treats dogs in many of their low-cost clinics in Tarentum and in the mobile van, so you are helping prevent puppies as well, and also helping rescued dogs with low-cost veterinary care.

Here’s what you do:

1. Go to the Frankie’s Friends website and make a donation of at least $10.00.

2. The donation is made through PayPal which has a “notes” section. Note that this is through “The Creative Cat Holiday Cheer for Homeless Cats”, or just “The Creative Cat”.

3. Email your confirmation to me, or simply email me that you donated cash through the Holiday Cheer program. Please let me know if you’d like to be acknowledged publicly at the end of the campaign with just your name, no donation amount. Your name will not be used without your permission to publish it.

4. Frankie’s Friends will email me to confirm your donation.

5. I will reply to your email with your numbered gift certificate attached.

How to use your gift certificate

sample gift certificate
Sample gift certificate.

Your gift certificate will have a code that will be active for use in my Etsy shop until December 31, 2013. This code is entered at checkout for your $10.00 discount. But if you are shopping elsewhere on one of my pages or you’d like to use the discount toward a commissioned portrait or in person, you’ll just need to give me your name and the certificate number and I’ll either manually discount your order or refund $10.00 to you.

Feel free to use your certificate for your holiday shopping, for your post-holiday shopping, or to give as a gift. For my own accounting purposes, I’d like to keep all the transactions within this calendar year.

I will have a link to this post in the right-hand sidebar of my home page until December 31, 2013 and I will also have a link to it in the footer of at least one post each day.

Happy shopping!

You can visit my Etsy shop to browse what’s there right now, and keep in mind that I add new products regularly, especially one-of-a-kind handmade items. Also visit my page here on The Creative Cat that explains about “Ordering Custom Artwork” where you can have a custom print made of a sketch, painting or photograph you like.

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Thanks to everyone who has donated so far this year through other donation opportunities on The Creative Cat! All together, donors gave a total of $350 to help with Finn, Tommy and Trooper, and others who donated the purchase price of artwork they bought from me through the year gave a total of $400. Now let’s give these cats, their rescuers and Frankie’s Friends a holiday to celebrate.

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And thanks also to those of you who are out there rescuing, including the people who saved the kitten found on craigslist to have a gumband around his private parts for a homemade neuter…who knows what may have happened to him if one person hadn’t seen the conversation and a chain of people hadn’t responded. These cats are in good hands!


Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

cats for adoption


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