Friday, December 1, 2023
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Cats for Permanent Foster: Josie’s Cats

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Josie’s three kitties looking out the door. They need a permanent foster home.

My main hard drive decided to go into retirement this morning—don’t worry everything was backed up, but recovering a 2TB hard drive takes time and the photos I took for the article I’d planned today aren’t available. I’ll post today’s article tomorrow, I mention it because today, July 15, was one of the days for Blog the Change series thro0ugh BlogPaws. It’s important to me to be a part of that, so I’ll add the link tomorrow.

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Every so often someone really does need to give up their cats, and they do it responsibly, well ahead of a deadline to move, and they also offer to support the cats as they would have if they’d kept them. A woman named Josie Merlino from Greensburg, PA, just east of Pittsburgh, is engaged to be married and will be moving in January. Unfortunately, her fiance is allergic to her cats no matter what they’ve done. She’s starting now, in July, to find a home for them and hopes to have them settled before she leaves. Here is her message:

These are my cats. Greta (the orange and white one) is 9 years old, Giovanni (the one hanging his arms over his bed) is 7 years old, and Trudy (the one with the really cute big eyes) is 6 years old. They are in need of a new foster home. I will provide monthly cat support to a willing foster human, and I’ll split them up if need be.

Greta gets in a bad mood sometimes (she’ll swat you if you pester her), but for the most part she wants to be on your lap showing affection and getting attention. Giovanni has lots of personality, and he is highly intelligent, playful, and independent. Trudy is even more adorable in person. She’s very shy and scared of most things, but extremely cuddly and sweet. They get along together marvelously. I am heartbroken that they cannot live with me anymore.

Here are their photos from Josie’s post on her Facebook page, along with the one at the top which is her page header:

orange and white cat
tabby cat

If you are interested in offering a permanent subsidized foster for one or more of these cats, contact Josie Merlino on her Facebook page.

All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster home.

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.


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