Wednesday, December 6, 2023
cats adopted

Adopted! Fred and Barney

tabby and black and white cat
Fred and Barney just need a little socializing to come out of the stone age.

After nearly a year, Fred and Barney have a real forever home!

Fred and Barney are spokescats for successful rescue and fostering. They were picked up by animal control and were about to be euthanized for their “feral behavior”—they were hostile and could not be handled, so unless someone would take them to socialize them, they were simply unadoptable and the shelter had to spend its limited resources on cats who were immediately adoptable.

But really they were just frightened kittens. Someone did step forward for Fred and Barney, several someones in fact, from the person who ran to the shelter to pick them up before they were euthanized to the foster homes where they were socialized and allowed just to be kittens. Two frightened kittens who would have been forgotten long ago are now happy playful companions, ready to fill someone’s life with joy for the next decade-plus.

Here’s how they say it:

We loved being fostered so much, we want other kitties to have a chance at being fostered too! Really, while we lived with our foster humans we learned all about playing with toys and with each other—even with a dog—and with humans! And all about good food and a warm and happy place to sleep and what a happy kitty’s life is supposed to be.

Mostly, we learned about how wonderful humans are, how good it feels when they pet us, how much fun they are to manipulate into getting treats and having them toss toys for us to chase. It’s hard to believe a few months ago we thought humans were the enemy, so evil we tried to bite and scratch any human who came near us!

Now we know that was just because…we just didn’t know. And now we do. Thanks to everyone who helped find us a home!

Con-cat-ulations, boys!

black and white cat
Barney says, “Don’t you want to wake up and look at my spotted face every day?”


tabby cat on blanket
Fred says, “Look, I coordinate with every color.”

Now who else is looking for a home? Browse a few more rescued cats and kittens who have stories to match Fred and Barney!


All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster homes.

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


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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7 thoughts on “Adopted! Fred and Barney

  • Lynn (their foster mom)

    Love the happy ending/beginnings. So happy for these two, sweet boys.

  • Nancy Blue Moon

    What precious young boys..I wish you a wonderful life in your new furever home Fred & Barney..You don’t have to be scared any more..Hugs!

    • They took some time to come around, Nancy, but they’ve been ready for home for a while, and I’m so glad they are adopted together!

  • How wonderful!
    We love happy endings,
    and these two kitties are mighty cute 🙂


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