I remember some older kitties who lost their person, and their journies to learning to live with other humans when they’d lost not only the one person they’d ever known, but their home and most of their familiar possessions too. You can read about Peaches and Cream right here, and see how their lives changed when they learned to trust again. They are so brave to accept a life they’ve never known! Spunky had even been declawed early in her life, an extra hurdle to work over, and dipped pretty low but with the help of a patient rescuer she’s happy and playful and ready for the next part of her journey.
☑️ Curious, social, loving senior cat (declawed)
☑️ Needs calm home with patient adopters & no other pets
Spunky is a sensitive and thoughtful cat with a story. For more than ten years, Spunky spent her life as the faithful friend and only pet of an older woman. Declawed as a kitten and (we suspect) eating nothing but canned tuna, Spunky’s owner loved her in her own way, but clearly loved her immensely. When Spunky’s owner passed away, she mourned the loss in solitude while family members checked on her daily for weeks before seeking help from Pittsburgh CAT. Spunky carried her grief with her, withdrawn and depressed. Through stress and sadness, her coat lost its sheen and she regarded new people and animals as strange threats.
Thanks to the patience and unconditional love of her rescuer, Spunky started to regain her spark. She learned to enjoy (certain) cat foods and human affection. She blossomed into a curious, charming, social cat, opinionated and engaging, sage yet… Spunky.
For more than 5 months now, Spunky has been waiting for the next chapter in her story, her forever family. She will need adopters who are patient and understanding, who will give her plenty of time, comfort, and quiet security to acclimate to her new home. Due to her history and sensitive personality, she would like a calm home with no small children and no other pets. If you have a space in your heart and your home to give a spirited senior their happily ever after, then apply to adopt Spunky today! If you are interested in providing her a loving forever home, apply to adopt her today!
You can also see Spunky on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Facebook page As always, all Pittsburgh C.A.T. cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinations up to date, microchipped, wormed, flea treated and healthy, no matter what they encountered while trying to survive outside. If you are interested, please apply!
Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. with kitten season!
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 kittens 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 Pburghcat@gmail.com. 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 (Pburghcat@gmail.com) 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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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book
Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Thursday: New Merchandise
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