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. Check out our Fostering and Contribute options, above, for more information.
FosterCat Inc.’s upcoming Catnip Bingo fundraiser event is being held at Salvatore’s, 5001 Curry Road, Baldwin, PA 15236 on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Doors open at 12:00 PM. All proceeds from this event go directly to the support of cat rescue, cat care, foster and adoption.
With your $45.00 ticket purchase, you’ll be eligible to win bingo game cash prizes and door prizes. Your ticket also includes a delicious hot buffet luncheon. Our popular emcee, Dave Roman, will be returning for the fourth year to call our bingo games. Other fun activities include our 50/50 Raffle, strip tickets and a Chinese Auction for some really cat-tastic prizes! Win local restaurant gift cards and other great items. Fresh baked goods (including cat-themed cookies and more) will be available for purchase.
Use this link to purchase your tickets now.
Amy took him home and placed him in a big cage with food and litter. She saw that he was very lethargic and barely moved for weeks. He was so scared of anyone touching him. Poor Sonny just did not seem interested in anything. He did not play with toys and barely ate any food. Eventually Sonny was moved from a cage to a spare room after about three weeks to encourage him to move around. Amy then transferred him to another foster home in the hopes that this foster parent would work with him to build the kind of trust that Sonny desperately needed. Sonny came around a little bit but nothing like we expected.
In the meantime, we took him to Animal Friends to be tested and vetted. Sonny also had major flea bites and skin rashes and his one ear was crinkled due to severe ear mites.
Sonny received another blow when he tested positive for FIV, but as all of us cat lovers know, FIV can be handled. FIV is mainly a weakened immune system and the cat MUST be kept indoors for the rest of his life. Upper respiratory infections can become life-threatening. There is absolutely no danger to other cats as long as the cats are spayed/neutered.
All of us at FosterCat thought that finally Sonny was in the clear and then another obstacle emerged…Sonny had three cracked teeth which had to be removed. We will never know how he sustained these injuries or the torment that Sonny has seen in his short life. It is interesting to note that one of the other cats in the colony also had cracked front teeth.
Finally, after months of convalescence, Sonny was placed with a wonderful girl named “Vanessa H.” Vanessa heard about Sonny (now “Arthur Weasley”) and immediately wanted to foster him. It didn’t take long for Vanessa to contact me and let me know she was NEVER going to part with Sonny. I am thrilled to say that Sonny has made remarkable progress! He wagged his tail for the very first time since we rescued him. He progressed to playing, cuddling and chasing his tail. For the very first time, Sonny now knows what real love is all about! Vanessa reports that he sleeps and snuggles with her every night and just can’t be near her enough. Vanessa also reports that her other cats are gradually warming up to Sonny, and she assured me that he is in his FOREVER HOME! As Amy reported to me recently, “it took the effort of a village of cat rescuers to save a life.” That my friends is what FosterCat is all about!
- “You’ve no way of knowing.
- There’s no way of showing
- What you mean to me Sonny Boy.
- When there are gray skies,
- I don’t mind the gray skies,
- You make them blue Sonny Boy.
- Friends may forsake me,
- Let them all forsake me.
- I still have you, Sonny Boy.”
- —Al Jolson
Does anyone remember the sixties? I know I am showing my age, but there was a song from 1966 by Nancy Sinatra that somehow sticks in my mind. The song is entitled “These Boots are Made for Walkin”. When I first heard about a cat named “Boots,” that particular song came to mind.
A woman named Amy T. heard about these stray cats and decided to try to trap and rescue all ten cats. From what she could observe, all of them were in bad shape with fleas and various injuries and most had skin problems. With great determination and dedication, nine of those cats were trapped and vetted. All but one were friendly enough to be placed into new, loving homes. The tenth cat was feral, but Amy decided to get him completely vetted and relocated him to a safe place along with food, heated water dish and heated shelter. Boots was one of these rescued cats that we accepted into our foster program.
Since Khushboo had never owned a cat and was extremely busy studying for her PhD, she reached out to our foster parent Kim for advice. Kim was happy to oblige and brought a starter kit to acclimate Boots to his new life. Today, as you can see by his picture, Boots is living the good life indoors and he has never looked back! Just like the lyrics of this song, Boots has had enough of neglect and scrounging for food and is doing his best to forgive and forget. Khushboo states “FosterCat was always there when I needed them for advice and they helped me and Boots make the smooth transition.”
One can’t help but wonder how many other cats are living outside in abandoned houses or buildings? How many of them will survive?
As for Boots, Khushboo sends updates periodically and she says that she can never imagine being without him. No more walking papers for this little Boots!
A fun time was had by all at FosterCat’s Third Annual Catnip Bingo which was held on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Salvatore’s at 5001 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Thanks to our many generous donors and volunteers, we raised over $6,300.00 for veterinary care of cats and kittens in our foster program. Thank you to Salvatore’s for their delicious food and service. We had loads of Chinese Auction items and a 50-50 raffle, along with “rip-offs” (a big hit with guests!). Thank you to Chris Mikrut from DeLuca’s for her continued support, Nikki Yaglowski and Chris Kachmar from Helping Paws for donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of her cat products, and Dave Roman for volunteering his time and talent to call the bingo.
A special round of applause to Norma Clouse, who chaired this event! Her expertise is second to none. I would also like to thank the following volunteers who donated items, sold tickets, and many things too numerous to mention, but went above and beyond to make this event a huge success: Beth Borrasso, Natalya Brackus, Tina Brackus, Gina Brandi, Lisa Campagna, Audrey Franzetta, Kim Freithaler, Pam Frost, Dianne Gruendl, Carolyn Kozlowski, Jessika Rapp, Kerri Sher, Paige Tacey, Katie Tontala, Mary Wagner and Mike Weis. Thank you to all for your help and dedication!
They raised $1240.00 for FosterCat Inc., a local allvolunteer cat rescue that finds homes for more than 200 cats and kittens each year.
“We thought we might be able to raise a couple hundred dollars,” said Sophia’s mother, Ashley Haverlack. “We were totally overwhelmed by this amazing response.”
Sophia is the youngest client of Ms. Johnston, who is a lifelong friend of Sophia’s mother. Sophia loves the colorful nail strips from Color Street, which she can apply with a little help from an adult.
For the past three years Sophia’s love of cats has been broadcast to all by the cat-ears hairband she wears every day. Last year, one of her North Hills neighbors asked her to housesit her cats. The job went well, and Sophia begged her mother and father to let her get a cat of her own. She said she would pay for the cat with her own money, saved up from doing chores.
The neighbor’s cats - both black - had been adopted from Foster Cat, so that’s where Sophia applied to adopt. The family was introduced to two female kittens from the same litter. One was black and the other was what Ms. Havelack describes as a “dilute tortie/calico,” a very popular color. But homeless black cats often languish longer in shelters and rescues.
The sister kittens were very bonded, and Sophia suggested adopting both so they would not be separated. The kittens were almost two months old when they came home with Sophia. She named the black one Pumpkin and the other Pom Pom. They provide entertainment and love to everyone in the family. Sophia’s instincts were right - the cat sisters are inseparable.
Sophie is looking forward to her May kindergarten graduation from The Glen Montessori School in Ross. In the fall she will attend classes in the North Allegheny School District. (Reprinted with permission from Linda Wilson Fuoco and the PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE.)
We would like to keep you informed by sending you updates and information about important events, like our upcoming Bingo Fundraiser. If we do not have your email address, please take a few moments to provide it for us and go to the following link: http://fostercat.org/contactus.html. Thank you!
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FosterCat currently needs a few volunteers for home visits in the South Hills. We have two very dedicated volunteers, Katie Tontala and Dadja Roerig, who are remarkable and devoted to doing visits at a momentís notice! We would like to get extra help in that area, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us on our answering service (412-481-9144) and someone will get back to you. A computer is needed to print off our adoption contract and of course an automobile to do the home visit. Home visits are extremely easy to do and training is provided. All adoptors are pre-screened and an appointment is set up beforehand.
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 our links page.
They also recently published a guide with tips on finding pet-friendly housing, that may also be helpful.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and keep those updates coming. We love to receive them!
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