Help Us Help Cats


Sometimes it takes a village to save a cat and teamwork works! It all costs money so I’ll just “cut to the chase”, or to the exciting part, and say that this is a solicitation for absolutely necessary donations for now and for the future for Homeless Cat and Pittsburgh C.A.T. as well as for our little neighborhood organization, Cubbage Hill Cats.

Homeless Cat Management Team and Pittsburgh C.A.T.


Nearly every single current cat rescue and most of the ones in the past decade that I write about here benefit from the resources of the Homeless Cat Management Team (HCMT) and Pittsburgh C.A.T. Whether it’s an emergency spay or trapping a colony of 10 who all need surgeries and rabies vaccines or helping one of hundreds of litters of kittens or getting one of our community cats a place in a shelter for adoption, it’s these two organizations together that provide the spectrum of solutions for cats. I couldn’t do what I do without them, not physically, and not financially, and I’m not the only one who relies on these resources. But most of all it’s the cats out there who need something who benefit the most. This has been another year without our main fundraiser, the spaghetti dinner, and nothing else raised as much as that did, a sum that covered a few month’s worth of veterinary bills from spring to summer.

The week of June 29 when the current fundraiser was set up had “several visits to the Emergency Vet, multiple cats in need of dentals, one kitty needed bladder stones removed and then that same sweetheart needed orthopedic surgery. We are in need of donations now more than ever. This week alone our medical bills were over $2,000. We have several outstanding bills and more coming along next week.” And that doesn’t stop. Summer is a very busy time.

You can donate to the Homeless Cat Management Team and Pittsburgh C.A.T. at the same time through their current fundraiser on Facebook, through Venmo @pittsburghcat or PayPal, or visit the website for other options to donate including sending a check in the mail or sending gift cards to purchase food and cat litter.

And you can donate to our neighborhood group, Cubbage Hill Cats

orange community cat

Our Cubbage Hill Cats PayPal account has come in handy a few times already. We’d like to keep the cost of a few spays in there at all times along with food money for winter. We have about 40 among all the known colonies we are caring for, and plenty who wander among them. They never stop showing up, and we do our best to find out if they belong to anyone, and to give them whatever care they need, whether it be TNR and a shelter, veterinary care, food and love, or a ride to a shelter that will help them find a new forever home. Our name is Cubbage Hill Cats so that you can donate to help us care for the community cats we serve. You can find us on PayPal at Donations are not tax-deductible because we are not a 501(c)3, but all donations will go to help the cats in our neighborhood, from TNR to rescue and foster to food for ferals.

And don’t forget—


Screenshot of Emery’s listing.

Tootsie Anne Shirley is still waiting too!

Here’s where you can find her!

The shelter has her listed for adoption too—it was certainly interesting to see that familiar face. She looks a little scared but more bewildered, I’m sure it’s all been very strange for her. I had guessed her age as two to three at least because her face and body looked mature like an adult’s. The shelter has her listed as seven years old, so she would be in the mature adult category. Of course, I will follow her! And encourage you to go and adopt her!

screenshot of shelter cat
Tootsie Anne Shirley on the shelter’s Facebook page.

You can also find her on Petfinder.


Phone: 304-845-9770

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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

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Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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2 thoughts on “Help Us Help Cats

  • July 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    We wish all of those sweeties the very best! We just trapped 3 kittens and they are at a local no kill kitten rescue. We’ve got 3 more to go (we had pics on our Monday post). The Mom and Dad used to spend lots of time in Pittsburgh. They are from Morgantown WV so it was their place to go for good food and fun.

    • July 7, 2021 at 1:21 pm

      Interesting, I didn’t know you were from around these parts. I did miss the Monday post though I remember reading in an earlier post that they were out there. I used to get your posts reliably first thing in the morning, now that the email service has changed they sometimes come in during the day and depending on what’s up I don’t always get back to read all my emails. I’ll check out those kittens though–there are far too many and thanks for trapping them, but one can never see too many kitten photos!


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