Friday, March 1, 2024
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Cats for Adoption: You Need This Kitten, and a Few of These Other Cats too

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Henry Ford, sex kitten.

At left, Henry Ford, sex kitten.

You can tell he’s doing his best to charm someone? Look at the floppy paws and the half-closed eyes and the smile, not to mention the fully-exposed belleh. Where did he learn these things?

He must be naturally talented. And it’s working on his foster, who is about to fail to foster him and just adopt him, but still has to convince someone else they need to keep him.

Henry Ford would be freezing in this arctic cold outside in a trailer park if not for the kindness and caring of several volunteers who knew he didn’t belong outdoors. Below is what he looked like the day of the trailer park clinic.

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Henry Ford, going on to a new life.

Nothing like a good happy rescue to change a kitten’s attitude.

I’ve you’re interested in Henry Ford or any other cats or kittens rescued from the cold, please contact me—I’ll be glad to play matchmaker!

Tabby Cats Ready to Play

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Mickey would like to sit in your sun puddle so you can admire him.

I’d be just as handsome in a sun puddle on your floor as I am in my foster home. Don’t you think I’m handsome? And I’ll bring along one or two of my equally handsome and beautiful siblings so you can just sit and look at us all day. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

A family of six tabby cats (three pictured) were saved with 25 other kittens from a large colony that was trapped for spay and neuter much as Henry was, and they are a little over a year old. These are spayed and neutered, have been tested for FeLV and FIV and had all the necessary vaccinations. All are tabbies, with a mix of black tabbies and gray tabbies, friendly, playful, accustomed to other cats, dogs and people. They have been fostered since they were kittens by our featured foster household, where Fred and Barney lived. All were rescued by, and available for adoption through, Frankie’s Friends.

And if you have any doubt that these kittens get along well with a dog, the last photo is a few of her foster kittens stealing the dog’s food literally out from under his nose!

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ZZ likes zzzzz.
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Ike is looking distinguished.
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Two kittens keep the dog under control

Now who else is looking for a home? Browse a few more rescued cats and kittens who have stories to match Fred and Barney!


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

Devastating Fire at STOP Cat Rescue in Mansfield, OH

Fellow blogger and artist BZtat posted a link to a story about a fire at a small cat rescue near her in Mansfield, OH. Of 48 cats, three died of smoke inhalation at the site, the rest were transported to a hospital. Many are in critical condition, and veterinary costs are mounting, plus the rescue no longer has a home for their cats.

This rescue is about the size and type of Frankie’s Friends which I’ve written about many times here—providing low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary services, TNR, and rescue and respite for cats who need homes. I feel very deeply for the cats who are injured and the humans involved who rescued them and care for them.

Consider donating even just a little to them, to help them with the current veterinary bills, and to get back on their paws and rebuild their rescue. It’s often these small rescues who help thousands of cats each year, saving those who need it and preventing the births of many more.

Click on the image to go to the GoFundMe page.


Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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7 thoughts on “Cats for Adoption: You Need This Kitten, and a Few of These Other Cats too

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  • Hi, I referenced the UPS tracking. The print was delivered on the 20th January.
    Thank you again for it, the print is lovely.. and Jelly Bean bares a striking resembance to my sister’s Inky in this drawing.
    She’ll be delighted with it, I’m sure
    [Just for your information, B, slightly firmer boards for structure might be a good idea, in a wet winter, at least. The print hadn’t been folded, Thank Goodness, but it was delivered very distinctly curved along it’s long axis. I’ve managed to flattened it out OK now.. The recent dampness during these storms is having myriad effects.]

    • Annie, thanks–that didn’t take long at all to get across the pond! Bean’s a popular guy with black cat aficionados. I’ll take the point about the curving, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to frame a curving print. The longer they are in the mail the more pronounced it seems to be, and no amount of “do not bend” makes any difference. I’m going to start using fome-core, more expensive, but you have to work to bend it, and it won’t warp.

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    best oh fishes everee one…hope ewe all R in yur for eves home by soooper bowl sunday !!

    • Let’s hope they’re enjoying fish n chips for Super Kitten Bowl Sunday, Tabbies!

  • I love these articles of yours, Bernadette. This is such a good venue, I’m sure.
    I love the change in affect in Henry Ford. I’ve seen it so often over my cat-working years.
    The change from scared waif to luxuriating lovely. Always so heartening to see.
    p.s. My ‘Shades of Grey’ print has arrived safely. It’s Beautiful. Thank you.

    • Annie, I don’t have too much luck with adoptions, but it does raise awareness, and gives credit to those out there who are making a difference. And Henry Ford is totally manipulative.

      Glad you got your print! Can you tell me what day so I can figure out how long it took? No extra fees?


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