We often hear about older people who, because of health or a change in living situation, need to give up their kitty. Unfortunately, we often don’t hear about their need until it’s nearly too late, but Lucky’s human can see her own health failing from Parkinson’s Disease. She knows she needs to move soon into a level of care and won’t be back, and she wants to be sure Lucky has a place to live when she can’t care for him, and she’s starting as early as possible instead of waiting until the last minute.
Meet handsome and congenial Lucky, a loving, sweet 11-year-old guy who’s ready for play and affection. He just got a clean bill of health from the veterinarian. Lucky has been an only cat his whole life with with a proper introduction he would likely be able to life with other cats or other pets.
Lucky and his person have been together his whole life so she is truly concerned for his future and would like to have a place where he can be loved and know in her heart he is okay. She offers to cover the cost of care for the remainder of this year and will even help with food costs during his transition.
I heard about Lucky from Bonita Farinelli, owner of Distinctively Different Decor & More in Carnegie offering professional decorating and upholstery as well as hosting a gift shop where I have some of my cards and merchandise. Lucky’s person is one of Bonita’s customers and she has been assisting the woman for a while. Owner of four cats herself, Bonita may try to foster Lucky herself, but she has a small apartment and four cats already.
Foster or adopt Lucky
If you can foster Lucky or would like to adopt him, please contact Bonita at 412-331-1047 or [email protected].
Tiger’s in a Tight Spot
Tiger has had a long journey. His rescuer discovered a colony of stray and feral cats upon moving into her grandmother’s house over a year ago, trapped and spayed and neutered them all and found homes (except her one remaining foster, Bali). The house was to be prepared for sale and she moved out but continued to check on it.
Tiger managed to make his way into the house after she’d moved out, but he kept eluding his rescuer for nearly a year. She eventually managed to find the approximate spot he was entering and leaving.
Thinking he was female, this spring she found it absolutely necessary to trap and “spay her” before “she” had kittens in the empty house, but when in the trap his rescuer saw he was clearly not in need of being spayed. He was neutered, however, and she discovered him to simply be frightened and wary of her, but not a classic feral cat. She can pet him, he blinks his eyes at her, he doesn’t hide when she enters the room.
His rescuer has a one-bedroom apartment with one rescue from this house already living in her bathroom, and her miracle kitty, Blackie, who is blind and struggling with a number of health issues, needing most of her attention; she has photos and videos of Blackie after the surgery last July and recently at at tinyurl.com/Blackiethemiraclekitty.
She could put Tiger back outside and care for him there, but he’s really been living indoors for a year, he’s had his veterinary care and he’s moving toward being friendly, it’s a shame to put him back out.
If anyone can help Kim with Tiger or Bali—or both, they can contact Kim at 412-889-6094 or [email protected]. They all live in South Park, in the suburbs south of Pittsburgh.
Orphie the Orphan
Orphie, short for “orphan” is a TNR failure—though she was spayed and ear-tipped at a TNR clinic, she had no intention whatsoever of going back outdoors! The sweet tabby lady was found in box in front of the animal Rescue League’s door on Hamilton Avenue in East Liberty.
According to her fosters she’s a lap cat who demands attention. “She’s a one cat kind of cat! Gets mad when you stop petting her and will play bite to tell you to keep petting.” She is very friendly, meows and purrs like a lawn mower.
For all her friendliness, she doesn’t like to be around other cats, which has made fostering difficult. Originally when it was found how friendly she was, Orphie was headed for rehoming through Animal Rescue League, but her difficulty with other animals made her nervous and unsocial so she went to a series of foster homes, and this is where she is today.
Do you have a home for a tabby cat who loves people and loves affection? Please contact Donnie at [email protected].
Help fosters and others feeding kittens and mama cats, please donate food or gift cards
Look at them all sitting so politely in their carrier! Ten, yes TEN KITTENS rescued, headed for foster, then looking for good homes.
Rescuers have been on the trail of this little potential kitten train wreck for a while, and finally managed to help a person with the stray/feral cats they’d been feeding and the kittens they gave birth to this spring. I don’t know the whole story—in truth, there are just too many to keep them all straight—but these ten kittens were the progeny of three female cats and one male. The adults were spayed and neutered last week and returned to the people who have been feeding them. They had asked for assistance with affordable spay/neuter services and help with trapping. They are now in the hands of rescuers who will help with handling the cats and future issues.
Imagine if these kittens had not been rescued and the people had not found any assistance with trapping or low-cost spay/neuter? That’s what I meant by a potential train wreck. Every rescuer has seen this sort of a situation explode into dozens of cats and kittens, usually resulting in either a hoarding situation or a trap and kill situation, neither ending well for the cats involved.
This is what TNR is all about, seeking out colonies of outdoor cats, making information available, helping people with situations like this, all for the good of cats who live on the streets—and those who really don’t want to, if there’s a home for them.
Now here’s the part about donating food—or a gift card to Petco, PetSmart or WalMart to buy food
Few people have the money to feed unexpected multiples of cats, and the households who are fostering cats and kittens, caring for colonies, or who just need help making ends meet are grateful for donations of cat food. The shelters help as much as they can, but they have their own hordes of kittens to feed. If you can donate cat food in any quantity, please contact Donnie at [email protected].
Donate a gift card
You can electronically donate a gift card if you can’t get food to these families, and even a $5.00 gift card would be immensely appreciated. Petco and PetSmart each give you the opportunity to order a gift card and have it send via e-mail to the recipient of your choice. Donnie is managing the food donations as well as a number of fosters of his own, so please send any gift cards for cat food to [email protected].
All photos courtesy the cats’ foster 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.
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:
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