Another year of fostering! I had thought that most of the cats I’d fostered had been black and I’m surprised to see most of them were not. Everyone jokes about me only permitting black cats to come in, but I went out and got a tortie girl and a litter of five kittens, only one of whom was black! It’s been quite a fun year with all these young cats.
I had intended to sketch this on a larger sheet of watercolor paper so that adding the watercolor tint wouldn’t make the paper curl, but I forgot and started in my sketchbook anyway, so a few areas are a little blurry and distorted because the paper buckled and didn’t hold flat to the glass when I scanned this. Also, I had intended all the adults and older kittens to be about the size of Bella and Basil at the top, but then my hand got wandering. And then I forgot Scarlett there near the center! This was a very fun sketch to do and I wish I’d left myself more time for it.
Enough excuses—the shortcomings are clear, but overall I’m pleased and happy to see all these familiar faces. I have most of their names above their faces, but some didn’t fit well. Here is the rundown.
Bert and Ernie went home the first week in February. Bert’s new name is Simon, but Ernie retained his name. They had both been ferals who had potential for being adoptable, and so it turned out they were.
Josephine was a friendly kitty taken in by someone on Josephine Street in Crafton. A rescuer brought her here on March 4, a birthday gift! I surrendered her to WPHS the next day, and she was adopted two days later.
Scarlett was Charm’s fur sister from the house they’d lived in until abandoned and because she was friendly and Jen, who had been caring for both cats, possibly needed the space in her basement for Charm and her kittens I also brought Scarlett to my house, and there was room at WPHS that day; she was adopted this past autumn.
Then finally we got the big catch. We knew where Charm was, but not where she’d hidden her kittens until May 3 when we planned a rescue and caught them as they came out from under a porch. I brought them all here, the first time since Mimi arrived with the Four that I’d had a litter of kittens in the house. The kittens were all adopted in early June: Splash became Charlie, Samwise and Higgins are Sam and Higgins, and Zorro and Crayola are Dinah and Finn; all are listed under “Charm’s kittens”. Charm was adopted at the end of August. Charmee, that is. That name stuck for me and her adopter.
Alvin, Simon and Theodore came here on June 30, three feral kittens who’d had their surgeries and been in foster for about a month and were friendly with other cats but not people. They became Alvina, when I found a spay scar on Alvina’s belly, Simon and Theo, then Teddy Bear. Then Alvina went home the second week of October and her name is now Salina. Simon and Teddy Bear will be heading for my niece’s house in Savannah in about two weeks. They socialized very nicely.
Hamlet and Ophelia arrived here on September 15. They had not socialized in foster and had been placed in an orientation cage in a barn so they could be barn cats, but were very frightened there. Ophelia socialized rather quickly, but Hamlet is still making up his mind whether “to be, or not to be, socialized…”.
Thanks to each one of you who arrived out of the universe and brought your unique gifts and challenges. All but Hamlet and Ophelia have integrated with the household. I am starting them now and I’ll see how it goes.
I’m so grateful to Pittsburgh C.A.T. for being able to foster these cats with the confidence that I could find a home for them, and for covering the costs of their care. It’s a far cry from running after these cats on my own hoping to catch them all, then all the costs of health care, surgeries and food, and then possibly never finding them a home as I had always done in the past. This year Pittsburgh C.A.T. found homes for 445 cats and kittens directly and through WPHS, BCHS and FosterCat. That’s pretty amazing for a bunch of volunteers! I’m so glad to be a part of it.
I’m also happy to work with WPHS in helping cats find homes too—Basil, Bert and Ernie came from there through Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s partnership with the shelter, and Josephine and Scarlett went there and found homes. Also, through working with Pittsburgh C.A.T. as a foster organization, WPHS was able to achieve a 90% save rate for all the animals in their care for four months at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015. It’s a pretty big deal for a big city shelter that takes in about 1,000 animals each month to achieve a “no-kill” status.
Happy New Year everyone, health and love to us all in the new year, people and cats and dogs and all animals and living things everywhere, all over the earth.
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