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Helping Newtown Heal with Kittens, and Cats Who’d Love to Be Home for Christmas

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Kitten Associates

As we still reel from the horror of such young children, babies really, being mercilessly gunned down in a neighborhood school in Newtown, CT last week, a cat rescue organization in that town is offering “kitten therapy” for any children affected by the tragedy.

Kitten Associates both fosters kittens in a home setting and assists the rescue and foster of cats in need by finding remote fosters and transporting them to a waiting foster home.

Knowing the therapy a purring cat can give, not to mention a playful purring kitten, they’ve opened their doors to Newtown’s children and adults to enjoy 30 minutes or so of play with their foster kittens. Children will be given a free plush kitty as a way for Kitten Associates to give back and say thank you to the people of Newtown for letting them be a part of the community.

The sessions are by appointment and only for children over four years old, but children four and under can receive a plush kitty instead of having a visit with the real kitties.

Visit this page to learn more, and consider donating to Kitten Associates to help them both support their community and to continue rescuing and fostering cats and kittens.

Torties Amelia And Emily Want to Come in from the Cold

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Elegant Amelia

Lost cats wander up to a cat-friendly door to find food and veterinary care, and rescuers will do what they can to care for all the homeless cats who come to rely on them for life’s necessities and for affection and the company of humans. Many rescuers and generous people who trap and rescue cats for TNR, intending to or needing to return them outdoors, find themselves in a quandary with cats who just don’t belong there. Such are Amelia and Emily, two lovely and friendly torties who really want to have a human and a lap to call their own.

Here are two torties that have been spayed and have rabies vaccinations, etc. and are being fed but are living outside. Amelia and Emily are around 2 years old but very sweet. The person feeding them would really like them to go together since they are siblings and would like to get them a permanent home before winter. If you have any interest in adopting these two sweethearts or know someone interested in two adults, please contact me by email [email protected] or call me on my cell phone at 412-915-8106.

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Playful Emily.

Help two friendly girl kitties who ended up outdoors through no fault of their own, and help their rescuer find a home for them. Amelia and Emily are located near Pittsburgh, PA.

Photos of Amelia and Emily were provided by their rescuer.

Read about other cats for adoption.

Lucky Luciano Wants to Join Your Household

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Luciano in his woodsy throne.

Help FosterCat help more cats! Here’s a loving black and white cat just waiting to go home with you—and whoever and whatever else happen to live there! Adopt Luciano, make room for another rescue in a foster home. You can’t lose with Lucky Luciano.

From Barbara Slade of FosterCat:

Luciano is just the dearest, sweetest, most lovable cat around. Luciano was living outside in Bloomfield just wandering around going door to door and scratching on neighbors’ doors to get inside. He was definitely an indoor cat at one time. Since Luciano was thin and starving, he would just cry and cry for food and finally a senior citizen from the area started to feed him. Lynda, one of our volunteers, worried about how thin he looked, decided he was just too friendly to live a horrible life outside and contacted FosterCat. After neutering, testing, vaccinations and a great deal of love and nurturing, Luciano’s personality finally emerged as an endearing cat.

Luciano loves all cats and dogs and people and would do well with adults and small children as well. If you have a soft spot in your heart for Luciano, I promise you will not be disappointed. If interested in fostering or adopting, please call Barbara Slade at 412-915-8106 or email [email protected] for more information. You can also email the FosterCat website at


Pretty Boy Rescued, Healed and Looking for a Home

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Pretty Boy lives up to his name, doesn't he?

This pretty boy has been through quite a bit in his six years and likely used up a few of his nine lives in the process—and not an ordeal of his own choosing!

He was living outside of a nursing home for years with other feral cats when he became ill with an URI. One of the staff members told another about it and she decided to tell Barbara Slade, board member of FosterCat, about this lovely but stray black and white kitty who was so ill. No one among the staff or visitors at the home would take him so Barb, with a house full already but who tirelessly rescues cats and searches for homes for homeless cats—dogs too—and advocates for all animals, decided he would go home with her.

Barb describes his condition when she got him as “pretty matted and near death and with TLC and many antibiotics, he has made a wonderful recovery.”

But perhaps he got tired of the “catty” nature of other cats living outdoors with a colony of them, likely he was totally traumatized by his life outdoors. Pretty Boy is fine with people, loving and affectionate and sweet-natured, but he doesn’t like to be with other cats, and really doesn’t care for dogs, so it seems he needs to be an only cat.

Pretty Boy is a long-haired black and white neutered male, about six years old, tested and vaccinated. All he needs is a loving home.

Barbara says, “If you know of anyone who just wants one cat as a companion, Pretty Boy is the one.”

I believe he even comes equipped with his blue crackle ball!

Allie Doesn’t Want to Celebrate Her Fourth Year…in a Foster Home

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Allie is waiting for a home where she can be the queen!

Hi. My name is Allie, and I’ve been patiently waiting for three years for the perfect human to come along and sweep me off my feet.

I was found in a park in McKeesport in May 2009 with my five babies. A lady took us home until she could get us into Fostercats. We went to live with another lady, who still has me. My babies have found great homes, but I am still looking for that perfect person.

I am not shy, so I am great with people, even kids who will play with me, and even a dog might be okay. I love to play with flippy toys or just run around the house like a crazy cat. When I am ready to settle down, I like to do some snuggling. I will accept little kisses on the head as only a queen can. If you have a couple of sunny windows I can perch in to watch nature, I would love that.

I am frisky, a little feisty, and have some attitude, but I also have lots of love to give—just not to other cats, and that’s been the problem with people who’d like to adopt me because they already have other cats. It’s also the problem with being in a foster home, because there are other cats here too.

These nice people spayed me and got me all my shots and I passed my feline leukemia test with flying colors. I would prefer to be an only pet, as I need to be the queen of my castle. Do you think I would be the perfect fit for you?

FosterCat would love to find Allie a fur-ever home as she reaches her third year anniversary in a foster home in May 2012. Allie’s birthdate is around September 1, 2008. She is spayed, tested for feline leukemia and negative, has all her shots and everything else a kitty could need to come home with you. If you’re interested in Allie, you’ll also find her on the Adopt Me! page on the FosterCat website and scroll down to find Allie’s photo.

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FosterCat Inc.

Foster Cat, Inc. is all about saving lives. It’s as simple as that. We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the proposition that all cats and kittens deserve safe, loving, permanent homes.

Our foster parents provide temporary care for cats and kittens in their homes until they can be placed for adoption. Their compassion provides the second chance that so many stray, abandoned or homeless kitties need, and the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped save the lives of these helpless animals.

FosterCat provides training and support, medications, food and litter as needed, and absorbs all veterinary expenses associated with the care of our kitties. If you love kitties and would like to be a part of our lifesaving team, consider opening your heart and home to cats or kittens in need. We promise you won’t regret it! If you can’t foster, you can still help save lives as a volunteer or supporting member.

Whenever I have an opportunity to do pay forward a donation, FosterCat is always one of my chosen recipients. They’ve helped me with a few of my rescues, and with just a group of volunteers have saved hundreds of cats, from bottle-fed neo-natal kittens to seniors. Adopting a cat from them will immediately open space for another cat to be fostered in a home until adoption.

Photo provided by FosterCat.

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