In October 2018 Pittsburgh Aviation and Animal Rescue Team (PAART) did a 39-cat rescue from the Alachua County Humane Society in Gainesville, Florida where the shelter’s clinic had been destroyed and the building damaged, and the shelter needed space for animals being rescued after the hurricane. HCMT/Pittsburgh C.A.T. took four adult cats from this flight; a total of seven rescues in the Pittsburgh area found space for all 39 cats.
Queenie was one of those cats, and one of the four who came to Pittsburgh C.A.T. The cats who were taken from the shelter were chosen to open up space for cats who needed to be rescued from the hurricane and were often older cats who were difficult to adopt in the best of circumstances.
This beautiful calico is nine years old and had a little bit of adjustment when she arrived, a little anxious, and finally space opened up to foster her so she had the time from last October to now to relax and settle in. And settle in she did!
Hello! My name is Queenie, and I have been through a lot in my 9 years! I am originally from a shelter in Florida. A bunch of us kitties were flown to safety in Pittsburgh when my shelter had to make room for the displaced pets from Hurricane Michael late last summer. So here I am, ready to find my forever home. I am a shy but friendly and affectionate girl who will love your attention once we become friends. I just want a comfy couch to lounge on with you as you work or watch Netflix. I enjoy catnip toys and using my scratching posts. I am told I have a cute little meow and can be a purring machine. I would prefer to be an only kitty as I enjoy getting all the attention. I’ve never been around dogs but I may be fine if they are laid back and allow me to be the Queen.
When you adopt an adult, there’s no wondering how they’ll be when they grow up. They may gain or lose weight or find a toy they really love or grow more affectionate as they get to know you, but you see a mature personality and physical build. You know the kitty you’ll be spending the next decade or more with.
If you have a soft spot for an older kitty like Queenie and you would love me forever and ever, please apply for me here: http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp. You can also see Queenie on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page and Facebook page.
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 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 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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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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