Why FosterCat?

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. Click on “How You Can Help”, above, for more information.

 


Thinking of Moving?

Housing issues are one of the leading causes of pet surrender. We now feature an up to date list of pet-friendly apartments in and around Pittsburgh. You can find it here and in the list of resources on the right of this page.

They also recently published a guide with tips on finding pet-friendly housing, that may also be helpful.

 


A New Beginning for Four Lucky Felines

Sometimes fate or just good old fashioned luck can often mean the difference between a cat or kitten spending its entire life outside or enjoying the comforts of indoor living. This is one such story of four lucky kittens that were fortunate enough to receive our help.

I first found out about four kittens named Spencer, Julius, Stevie and Sammy with an email from a woman in Cranberry who had been feeding feral cats on her back porch. Tina M had never heard of FosterCat nor of any volunteer organizations willing to come and trap, spay/neuter and release. Tina was concerned that she had many females that were breeding and there were at least eight kittens in her back yard that desperately needed trapped and vetted. Most of the adults were feral, but the kittens she felt could be socialized and adopted. I agreed to take in the kittens and the one friendly adult female who was nursing. Tina arrived at my house with the mom and four kittens in tow. The mother and these four kittens were immediately placed in a foster home and ultimately all were vetted and placed into caring, loving homes.

The other set of four kittens were placed in my spare bedroom until another foster home opened up. What a delight these kittens turned out to be. They were playful, loving and wonderful kittens and very well socialized. One of our new foster moms, Edie, decided she would love to foster the four kittens until they were old enough to have all vet work completed and placed at one of our local PetSmart stores for adoption. Within a week Edie texted me that Sammy was very lethargic, not eating and slobbering a good deal. Edie, being a former veterinarian, thought we should get Sammy to the vet ASAP. Sammy was immediately taken to a local vet where it was determined that he had the feline calicivirus infection which is a common respiratory disease in cats. The virus attacks the respiratory tract -- lungs and nasal passages -- and the mouth, with ulcerations of the tongue. We also tested Sammy for Felv/ FIV which turned out negative. Edie and I were extremely relieved and after a regimen of antibiotics for 14 days, Sammy was back to his old self, playing, jumping and running with his other brothers.

As you can see by the pictures, Sammy has made a full recovery and all four kittens have been placed into new homes where they are loved and cared for as valuable members of the family. John and Ashley M who adopted Sammy and Stevie write “Sammy and Stevie are the sweetest brothers and are very happy in their new home! They are extremely friendly and love spending time with their parents who love them unconditionally. They love to cuddle with each other when they are not busy wrestling or exploring their four story palace.”

Libby K who adopted Spencer and Julius (now Leo and Charlie) states “OMG I'm in love with them and I can't get over how perfect they are!! I just want to stay home with them all day and I am so glad that I adopted both of them! They sure are loving life and are everyone's favorite kittens.”

These statements from happy adoptors are a testament that with your on-going help and support, we were able to rescue and save the lives of eight kittens and a mom. That is what saving lives, one cat at a time is all about.

Just in case you were wondering what happened to the other cats in Tina's yard, I am happy to report that all have been trapped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and heated shelters have been provided so that Tina can continue to feed and care for these cats on a continuing basis.


Attention, All Adopters

Many of you have kindly kept in touch with us via emailed updates and photos of your adopted kitties, and we hope you will continue to do so. Please note, however, that the email address to send them to has changed. Please make note of the change and direct all future emails/photo attachments to bsnowymarie@comcast.net. Thanks, and keep those updates coming. We love to receive them!


Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported FosterCat by visiting Hines Ward's Table 86. FosterCat received 20% of each bill. The funds raised will go to pay for food, supplies and veterinary care for our cats in foster homes. We very much appreciate your continuing support.

 


No Spaghetti Dinner this year

We regret that we must cancel our usual annual spaghetti dinner due to diminishing attendance and shortage of event volunteers.

 


Happy Birthday, May

Some of our long term members and supporters may remember the September 2005 issue of the Litter Scoop, which featured three senior kitties we had recently helped to find their forever homes. One of those kitties was May, a 9 year old brown tabby we had taken into our care from the Western PA Humane Society in December 2004. She was adopted from the Century Square PetSmart a few months later and has been a much loved member of David K.'s family ever since.

Over the years, David has been kind enough to send us photos and periodic updates about how May was doing. Earlier this year, when he mailed his 2017 membership donation, he included a handwritten note: “May is still doing well and will be 21 in July.”

So please join us in sending a special belated birthday greeting to this very special FosterCat alumna. Happy 21st, May, and you keep on going, girl.


2017 Membership Drive Sets New Record

We are very pleased to announce that thanks to the faithfulness and generosity of our friends and supporters FosterCat was able to raise $4004.00 for the care of our kitties through this year's membership drive mailing, surpassing last year's record of $3780.00. We are sincerely grateful to all of you who became members or renewed your memberships for 2017.


Fund-raising Coordinator Needed

Fund-raising is a crucial component of the activities of all nonprofit organizations and FosterCat is no exception. None of us can fulfill our missions without the financial support of businesses and individuals who value the work we perform and are willing to invest financially in our continuing efforts.

We are looking for a special person to take on the role of Fund-raising Coordinator for FosterCat. That person would, first of all, believe in our mission and personally care about the welfare of homeless cats and kittens in our area. He/she would be a self starter, able to pick up the ball and run with it under the direction of, but with a minimum of day to day oversight by the FosterCat board. He/She would be creative in looking for new opportunities/venues for raising funds and suggesting ways to improve events we have already used. He/she would be skilled at recruiting and organizing the activities of volunteers, and soliciting donations and other types of support from individuals and businesses.

If you believe that you possess these skills/attributes and could pursue this job with sincere enthusiasm, please contact us via our website at www.fostercat.org.



New Rescue Magazine To Support FosterCat

We have registered FosterCat as a charity for the new magazine "Rescue Me." Kellie Gormly, one of our volunteers, who is a journalist, will have a column in every issue!

It does not cost FC anything to register and if you are interested in subscribing, please reference FosterCat and the Rescue ID number for FosterCat C831. FosterCat will receive $19.95 for each $29.95 subscription fee received.

You can register online at www.readysetrescue.com or call 800-738-2665.

Please encourage friends and relatives to subscribe and remember to use our FosterCat ID C831 on all subscription orders!


 

Attention Cat Lovers in the South Hills Area

FosterCat, Inc. is seeking responsible, cat loving caregivers to provide temporary love and care for homeless cats until permanent homes are found. FosterCat, Inc. is a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Contact FosterCat, Inc. at 412-481-9144 or click here to learn more about becoming a FosterCat foster parent and to submit a foster application.

 


 

Visit FosterCat's Adoptables at these places:

Come see some of our cats at the Cranberry, Monroeville, Northway Mall and Pleasant Hills PetSmart Locations!

 


 

Animal Abuse Hotline for Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has established a statewide toll-free hotline for reporting cases of animal abuse. Concerned citizens observing incidents of abuse may contact the Society at (866) 601-SPCA.

 


 

Our Mission

The mission of FosterCat Inc. is to develop and sustain an organization to provide temporary foster care for cats and kittens in private homes until permanent homes can be found.