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.
Late in February of this year, Kim Z., our foster parent, noticed on Facebook that a woman (Kimmie) posted that she was feeding multiple cats at her house in Verona and was asking for help. One group was able to get a few of the cats to the vet for TNR, but “Kimmie” kept noticing more and more cats were showing up at her house to be fed. Kimmie was extremely worried as she noticed that many of the cats were calicos and the thought of more multiple litters of kittens being born outside scared and overwhelmed her into seeking help. Kim was able to call and lend her traps to get the ball rolling. When visiting Kimmie to check out the situation, Kim noticed that one particular male cat (Sylvester) was older, not exactly friendly and not neutered. Kim immediately surmised that he was the father of most of these cats and that he should be neutered immediately. Kim was able to get Sylvester into a carrier, and off to the vet he went. Once he was vetted and released, Kimmie noticed that he was much calmer and pretty much hung out around the house.
Ginnie and Mira have also been adopted, along with Maya. We are awaiting updates and pictures. Delta is still in foster but we are hoping to get her a wonderful home as well. I call them the ‘Verona Eight!’
You are probably wondering at this point why I decided to do a story on these eight cats. I wanted to emphasize how important it is to ìreach out and ask for helpî when feeding stray or feral cats. Two cats can quickly turn into 22 cats, so I can't stress the importance of reaching out to a rescue organization (Homeless Cat Management Team, Animal Friends, Homeless Cats of Butler, Fix UR Cat, Merlinís Safe Haven, etc. to name just a few) so that they can give you information on TNR (trap, neuter and return) or for upcoming clinic information. Please remember that feeding the cats is only the first step! Itís important to follow through and do the right thing for the cats. Spay/neuter is the only answer. There are free and low cost clinics out there so why not take advantage of them. If you don't know how to trap, numerous organizations will show you, but you have to reach out and ASK!
For these eight cats, it meant the difference between just existing outside; exposed to the elements in the bitter cold of winter with no food, clean water or shelter. The cats end up having flea infestations, worms, ticks, and upper respiratory infections, not to mention predators. These poor females have litter after litter with no end in sight. No tame cat or dog deserves to live a miserable life outside (through no fault of their own) when we can get them indoor homes to live out their lives in comfort. Don't they truly deserve that much? FosterCat is determined to continue its mission of ‘Saving lives one cat at a time.’ That my friend is what FosterCat is all about.
Seventy five dogs, cats and a few guinea pigs received a special blessing at Unity Presbyterian Church's second annual Blessing of the Animals event on June 1st. Pets and their families also received a blessing certificate with their petsí names on a commemorative frame and sleeve. FosterCat was among several area rescue and foster groups participating at the event that day. This was a significant part of the event and afforded the groups a chance for community exposure often reserved for larger area shelters. Volunteers Audrey Franzetta and Cindy Williams greeted patrons, answered questions and accepted donations for FosterCat. All in all, a beautiful day!
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.
Whenever I hear the name "Willie," I immediately think of the Scottish nursery rhyme "Wee Willie Winkie" which goes something like this:
"Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown, rapping at the window and crying at the locked door... Hey Willie Winkie, are you coming in?.... "
Apparently Willie showed up at a barn which connected to a house that she was renting. The woman immediately assumed that Willie was dumped since he was so friendly and sweet.
When her landlord found out, he ordered her to "get rid" of the cat and would not allow her to bring the cat into the house. Apparently the landlord also indicated that he was selling the property so she only had so much time to find Willie a permanent home. FosterCat agreed lo help and immediately stepped in. Willie was taken to Animal Friends low-cost clinic to get him neutered, tested and vaccinated. It was then that we found out that Willie was FIV +. We knew that it would take a special person to adopt Willie even though FIV just meant that he had a weakened immune system.
Sometimes things just click and for whatever reason, we decided to let Colleen foster the cat to see if she was willing to give Willie a test run and to see if this particular cat was a good fit. The very first week she texted to let us know that she was totally in love with Willie and that she wanted to adopt him! He was sitting on her lap all the time and just wanted to be loved! As you can see by the pictures, Willie is happy as a clam and is finally enjoying being in a home where he does not have to fight for food or live outdoors in the frigid weather. Gone are the days where Willie has to "rap on the window or knock on a door" to be let in!
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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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