Friday, December 8, 2023
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Cats for Adoption: Two Happy Kittens Want Others to Have a Chance

black and white cat
Barney says, “Don’t you want to wake up and look at my spotted face every day?”

We love our foster mom so much, we want other kitties to have a chance at being fostered by her!

Really, we love our human and while we’ve lived with her we’ve learned all about playing with toys and with each other—even with a dog—and with humans! And all about good food and a warm and happy place to sleep and what a happy kitty’s life is supposed to be.

Mostly, we’ve learned about how wonderful humans are, how good it feels when they pet us, how much fun they are to manipulate into getting treats and having them toss toys for us to chase. It’s hard to believe a few months ago we though humans were the enemy, so evil we tried to bite and scratch any human who came near us!

Now we know that was just because…we just didn’t know. And now we do. We’d stay here forever, but…

We hear that there’s a mama kitty out there who’s been living on the streets, and she and her babies need a home. We don’t want her babies to start out like we did. We want them to come here and have this kind human love and cuddle them so they’ll know what living with humans is like right from the start. And we want their mom to learn it too!

But that can only happen if we come to live with you, or someone like you.

So adopt us already!

tabby cat on blanket
Fred says, “Look, I coordinate with every color.”

. . . . . . . .

Really, Fred and Barney are spokescats for successful fostering—and you can take them seriously when they say they need to find another home before this frightened mama and her babies can come inside.

Fred and Barney were picked up by animal control and were about to be euthanized for their “feral behavior”—they were hostile and could not be handled, so unless someone would take them to socialize them, they were simply unadoptable and the shelter had to spend its limited resources on cats who were immediately adoptable.

But someone did step forward for Fred and Barney, several someones in fact, from the person who ran to the shelter to pick them up before they were euthanized to the person who initially fostered them to the foster home they live in now. Two frightened kittens who would have been forgotten long ago are now happy playful companions, ready to fill someone’s life with joy for the next decade-plus.

Abandoned, stray and feral cats are already having kittens outdoors, and every foster home possible needs to be able to open its doors to these cats. Let’s give a homeless mama kitty a chance, and her kittens too.

If you can adopt Fred and Barney, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with their foster mom and the group of people who handle these fosters. If not, please share them and their story, and maybe someone they’ll reach the right person.

All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster homes.

And read about other kittens and adult cats who are looking for homes.

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

The cats I’ve featured recently are from or were assisted by these rescues, shelters and organizations, though these are by no means the only organizations who are out there helping cats and other animals:

Frankie’s Friends

FosterCat, Inc.

The Homeless Cat Management Team

The Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center of Western Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

In Care of Cats

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

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