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Cat for Adoption: A New Home for Bernie


Bernie is a big black cat who’s ready for love. I knew that right away just looking at him, being rather experienced with that class of felines. He’s a little shy, though, probably somewhat by nature, but he lost his person when they died and at about five years old he is still adjusting to a new life. But he’s definitely looking forward to a new forever home.

Bernie tells his story:

Hiya! My name is Bernie! My foster Mama calls me Bern Bern or Big Guy (but she’s silly). Once upon a time, I had a loving home, but sadly, my owner passed away. Lucky for me, these nice people took me in and have given me all the love I needed. I’m a shy guy, about 4-5 years old, who is going to need someone with a lot of patience to help me adjust to my new home. Older, respectful kids are fine by me (I don’t like a lot of chaos). I absolutely LOVE my cat tree and will spend most of my time in there, but once my mom starts to pet and scratch my head I will come out and ask for more! I don’t like to be held so much, so please just give me all the scratches! I do enjoy my quiet time and would love to be someone’s center of attention! So either only kitty or a respectful cat friend would do, and a mom or dad is who has a lot of free time to spend with me! My foster mom has a big doggo I don’t mind as long as he’s not too close! I can promise that after I am comfortable I will be your best friend. So who wants to be my next furever family?? If you’d love to rescue a special fellow like me, apply today!

Give a housepanther a home! You can also see Bernie on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Facebook page and on Petfinder.



Adopting from Pittsburgh C.A.T.

All Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoptions begin with our application. After it’s reviewed you’ll be contacted about meeting your cat or kitten. All cats have been fostered in homes and are healthy, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines.

Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.

Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. with foster needs!

You know that Pittsburgh C.A.T. is the rescue I volunteer with, but even when I’m rescuing cats and kittens for others they still provide support to me in the form of traps and transport, fostering, food, kitten formula, and low-cost clinic and surgery appointments. I couldn’t help anyone without their support. Rescuing adult cats to foster and adopt to a forever home can be expensive depending on their condition, but rescuing kittens is always expensive because they need complete vetting, often they are orphaned and need formula and bottle feeding for weeks, they often develop illnesses or conditions specific to young kittens and they eat A LOT. We don’t adopt kitten out until they are spayed and neutered and have all age-appropriate vaccines, so we make a substantial investment in their future.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Donate Amazon gift cards to [email protected]. Because our cats are fostered in homes all around the Pittsburgh area, gift cards enable us to send supplies directly to fosters!
  • You can also buy supplies through our Amazon wishlist
  • Or donate cash through Paypal ([email protected]) or Venmo (Pittsburghcat).

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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4 thoughts on “Cat for Adoption: A New Home for Bernie

  • I took four cats right off the streets. There are a million of them around, and the shelters are full. Took a few sick and wounded cats to the vet, and some got better, and some died. It wasn’t easy getting them in the cage to go to the vet. But the ones who got better, I put back on the streets. My house is full.

    Love what you’re doing, and love this gorgeous cat with these huge eyes. One of my cats is black, and she’s amazing. Keep up the good work, and I hope Bernie gets a loving home soon.

    • Thanks for helping cats any way they need it! It’s so hard when there’s so much need, and I’m glad you can at least get them care.

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    dood !! heerz hopin yur IN yur for everz bye pie day….all de veree best two ewe….we R troo lee
    sorree bout yur purrson 🙁 ♥♥♥♥♥


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