I call my Basil a big bear with big bear paws, and this guy reminded me so much of Basil I just had to share him. He’s a little bit of a special needs kitty with a condition that affects his brain and therefore his movement, but he’s affectionate and playful and doesn’t seem to notice that.
Bear’s foster tells this story:
- Affectionate, playful, social
- Special needs cat – needs one-level living or few stairs
- Fine with cats and respectful children
Hello! I’m Baby Bear, and I’m a very special 18-month old boy. I had a rough start in life, but I’m ready to meet the world and find my furever family! I’m an affectionate boy. I love pets and scratches and settling down on the couch next to you while you watch TV, and sometimes I’ll cuddle, too! I’m very playful, too! I love other kitties and do fine with respectful children.
A sanitation worker found me all alone as a tiny baby and took me to the cat lady down the street. She nursed me and prayed for me. Now, the vet didn’t think I would make it, but I showed them! I guess I’m a little bit more special than other cats. I can’t see out of my right eye (although it’s all healed up), and I have a little bit of brain fuzz that makes me spin in circles when I’m too excited or scared. I still love to play, though, especially if you dangle a wand toy in front of me! Anyway, because my brain is a bit tipsy, a single level home is preferable, or one with minimal stairs.
I’m looking for a very special family who will love me just the way I am! If that’s you, apply to adopt me today! http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
Like all Pittsburgh CAT cats, Baby Bear is neutered, microchipped, dewormed, flea-treated, and up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. All adoptions start with an application: http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp. You can also see Baby Bear 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 your 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!
Right now, Pittsburgh C.A.T. is in need of a few baby scales for fosters. Weighing kittens is an important part of their care. Check the Amazon Wishlist https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1DJBKJ6Y7IMR8?ref_=wl_share
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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Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Thursday: New Merchandise
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