Wednesday, July 24, 2024
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Cats for Adoption: Forbes, and Others

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“Let me out!”

From what I hear, Forbes is an absolutely perfect cat—he is very friendly, walks on a leash, stands in the washtub for his bath—and he needs a home! He was trapped as a stray/feral to be neutered as part of the Homeless Cat Management Team’s TNR program, but was discovered to be so friendly his rescuer decided to try to find a home for him instead of putting him back outside where he was found. Here is what she says after fostering him at home for a few weeks:

Forbes is a rescue and came to HCMT as a feral cat, therefore he has an ear tip. When he stayed in my “feral cat hotel”, it became increasingly obvious that he is actually very friendly. We do not know what he went through before he came to HCMT.

Forbes is a large orange male, the vet estimates his age as 6-7 years. He is neutered and tested FIV-/FeLV-. His litterbox habits are perfect. I often think of him as Golden Lab puppy in a cat body. He is very friendly and loves to cuddle, he immediately rolls around the floor when I let him out of his crate. It is hard to resist his charm! He follows me around, just like a dog would. We are still in an early phase of our friendship, yet he allows me to rub his belly, which makes me believe he is a very trusting animal. When I pet him in ways that he is uncomfortable with, he retreats and flicks his tail to indicate that I am supposed to stop, but if I ignore him, he will let me know more clearly. He will do great with a human who speaks “cat.” He can be nervous and scared, and wants to be left alone in those moments; when I allow him to calm down, he will come back quickly for cuddles and purrs.

We’d like to think Forbes may be of noble and monied lineage, but he was actually found on Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh. He is being fostered in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. If Forbes needs to join your household, contact [email protected] or call 412 689 7737.

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

Fred and Barney

These two kittens were picked up by animal control and were going to be euthanized as feral cats, but an individual in the animal rescue community heard about them and determined they were only really scared four-month-olds and deserved a chance to live. She put out a plea asking for a foster home and they were taken in by a dedicated fostering volunteer.

They were neutered and ear tipped and were going to be put back out with a stray/feral colony, but they were so young and most of the time kittens who are removed from the outdoors are not put back outside, but are socialized as best as possible and a home is found for them. These two had some socialization time in home, but when the time came to take them to a shelter where they could be adopted all concerned thought they would do better in a home.

Their foster volunteer said they are doing well, she can handle them both, play with them and “they know I am the food lady.” She is sure with the right adopters these little guys will become great kitties.

Fred and Barney are being fostered north of Pittsburgh, so contact [email protected] if you’d like to take them in and let them know how wonderful it is to have a home.

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Lorie with Sassy


I wrote about Sassy yesterday but I’ll include her in today’s adoptable cats roundup.

Sassy is the kitty who was found when a volunteer went at night to feed a colony of feral cats. A young orange kitten, who was apparently new to the colony, ran over and leaped into her arms. Who doesn’t like a friendly kitty? So she hugged the kitten, then held her out to take a look at her—and saw the specks of blood and signs of apparent trauma to the kitten’s face, though the kitten was purring up a storm.

She has had two surgeries and is scheduled for one more, but should be done with surgeries after that with no recurring health issues. Read more about her rescue, her condition and her surgeries here, and donate to Animals Against the Odds to help pay for her care.

Here she is with the woman who actually rescued her, Indigo Tiger from Animals Against the Odds.

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Zach raised funds for Tigger’s veterinary care.
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Zach and Lily

Tigger and Lily

Tigger and Lily are two cats who were also rescued by AATO, and who were at the Meet and Greet.

The young man holding each is Zach, a volunteer for the organization, which was actually founded by children like him who loved animals and wanted to make a difference.

Tigger was rescued as a kitten from a trailer park. Zach decided on his own to collect donations for Tigger’s veterinary care including neutering, shots and treatment for parasites, and you can see that Tigger is very appreciative!

Lily was rescued from the same area a little later. Both cats are obviously friendly and playful and enjoy being handled, carried and loved. If you would be interested in learning more about either cat or about AATO, visit Animals Against the Odds.

black cat for adoption
Bali dressed for the holidays.


Bali is a two year old neutered all black male cat. He’s microchipped, negative for Leukemia and AIDS, and current with his vaccinations, and while he has a very mild form of asthma he does not require medication or special litter. The person he’s with now would prefer a foster home for him until May when she can move to a larger apartment, but a permanent home would do well too. He spends most of his days now in the bathroom, separated from the other cat in the house.

You can read more about Bali, the kind human who rescued him, and the black kitty he lives with named Blackie by visiting here.

long-haired black and white cat
Pretty Boy lives up to his name, doesn’t he?

Pretty Boy

He was living outside of a nursing home for years with other feral cats when he became ill with an URI. One of the staff members told another about it and she decided to tell Barbara Slade, board member of FosterCat, about this lovely but stray black and white kitty who was so ill.  No one among the staff or visitors at the home would take him so Barb, with a house full already but who tirelessly rescues cats and searches for homes for homeless cats—dogs too—and advocates for all animals, decided he would go home with her.

Pretty Boy is in a foster home under FosterCat for over a year and needs a home of his own. Also, that foster mom also has other foster cats and just lost one of her dogs and she’s concerned Pretty Boy, who has to be in his own room, won’t get the attention he needs. If you would like to give this handsome kitty a good home, please contact FosterCat, Inc.

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Susan’s Sweethearts

Caroline is one of many cats cared for by Susan Lee of Wake Forest, NC, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in March 2011, though ironically she was never a smoker. Even with treatment, she found around Christmas 2012 that the cancer had spread to her brain and doctors “gave her few options”. Friends and her community have rallied around her, but they don’t have the resources to find homes for all the animals still cared for by Susan.

She is still trying to care for 19 animals including cats, dogs and horses, with the help of neighbors and friends, and she’d love to see them all find good and loving homes.

Visit this article to read more about Susan and her animals, and read more about Susan in links to news stories.

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