Rescue Story: The Peter Pan Kittens Go Home

They got a chance to play in a regular room in Margo's house.
They got a chance to play in a regular room in Margo’s house.

Thanks everyone for your good wishes and offers and ideas for fostering and rescue placement for Peter Pan, Wendy Darling and Rufio aka Captain Hook! Margo and I had found that a number of cat rescues which had taken in, treated, fostered and adopted out cats with cerebellar hypoplasia, and commented on the original post. With three of them, and seeing that Wendy Darling took very good care of Peter Pan and they should stay together, we decided that a rescue that could take all three and either keep them in a sanctuary or find experienced fosters would be the best option for them. That way, if they should need any serious medical attention while in foster or even after adoption, or if their care became too much for  the person caring for them, a rescue/sanctuary that also had experience would be near to help.

We looked into several rescues by researching them, finding people who fostered for them, and I reached out to other bloggers in cities in or near where the rescues originated.

The Peter Pan kittens just being cute.
The Peter Pan kittens just being cute.

A person associated with K9 Kastle in New York City commented on the link on my Portraits of Animals Facebook page if we had heard of the rescue. “I’ve fostered CHers through them many times and they do a GREAT job. I’d be willing to help transport and, possibly, find foster,” Jane said. She asked how severe they were and she and Margo began a chat on Facebook. In addition to talking with her Margo also contacted a few fosters she knew in the area.

The three eating while still at Margo's house.
The three eating while still at Margo’s house.

I have a friend that does dog rescue in NYC so I messaged her and asked about them, and also mentioned my friend Jennifer that was possibly going to take Boyfriend last year. She lives in Westchester and mainly fosters for a group called Posh Pets, but as it turns out, she is currently fostering a CH cat named Wiggles from K9Kastle!” Margo said. “Everyone spoke very highly of K9. After more talking, it seems the best plan will be for K9 to take two of them, and then Jennifer will take one and foster through Posh Pets.”

On their way!
On their way!

Margo had offered to transport them anywhere they needed to go, but as it turned out Jane was traveling from Ohio and could stop to pick them up. So off they went on Wednesday June 8. Doodle is the profile of the other foster, named for a rescue kitty, and Jane dropped Peter Pan and Wendy Darling with her, then went off to her home with Captain Hook. Both update almost daily with videos.

Peter Pan and Wendy Darling in their new foster home.
Peter Pan and Wendy Darling in their new foster home.

Their mother turned out to be more feral than friendly, and showed no signs of inching toward being socialized. Because her kittens were old enough and doing well on their own while she was off being spayed, Margo decided not to reunite her with them and give her the stress of a couple of weeks in a cage in a house. After searching for a possible barn for her to live in, she was released back to the care of the people who had cared for her.

Their new foster set up a harness for Peter Pan so he could eat standing up.
Their new foster set up a harness for Peter Pan so he could eat standing up.

It’s a very happy ending for the Peter Pan kittens, and for Margo and the Homeless Cat Management Team and Pittsburgh C.A.T. HCMT’s mission is TNR and helping stray and homeless cats who need medical attention. In addition, they send kittens and friendly cats off to foster homes, usually with Pittsburgh C.A.T. Both organizations rescue a lot of cats, but are entirely volunteer. HCMT spays or neuters over 100 cats at clinics once or twice per month, and in between treats rescued cats who need medical attention in the same small space. Pittsburgh C.A.T. at any point has at least 100 cats in foster, often far more than that as now when we are pulling kittens out of the air. Adding the cats from the Brookline hoarding case put a strain on what the two organizations could do for other cats. Many of those cats are still not fully healthy or over their trauma. We’ve all heard about and some have seen CH, and we’ve even rescued some cats with mild CH, but we are by no means experienced with it. Adding special needs cats to this and it’s too much for the people and the cats, and something starts to fall apart. Better they go to foster homes who know what to expect and a rescue which is skilled at fostering them. In any case, it was an honor to have been able to help them.

Peter Pan turned out to need frequent baths.
Peter Pan turned out to need frequent baths.

Read “Rescue Story: Three Little Kittens, With Cerebellar Hypoplasia” for the story of how they were found and rescued , and more information about cerebellar hypoplasia.


Read more Rescue Stories on The Creative Cat.


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One thought on “Rescue Story: The Peter Pan Kittens Go Home

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