About 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. Check out our Fostering and Contribute options, above, for more information.

A Christmas Miracle for Pebbles (and Heidi, too)

If one could think of the cruelest trick you could play on an indoor cat, it would have to be the story of Pebbles. FosterCat received a call on our answering service from a postal worker who delivered mail every day up and down a street on the Northside of Pittsburgh. This man noticed a brown tabby cat who was apparently living on a front porch and would sit and cry endlessly at the front door. The man could not stand to see this cat crying to get inside, so he decided to bring some food and waited for an opening to speak with the owners of the house. It was pretty obvious that the cat belonged to the owners as it would never leave the front porch.

One day as he was delivering mail, he saw a few of the owners’ kids leaving the house. He immediately went over and asked them if this was their cat. They said yes, but their mother did not want the cat anymore and they were forbidden from letting the cat back inside the house. They were actually hoping the cat would move on.

The postal worker was extremely upset and felt helpless as to what to do. He was sickened to think that this cat had been living on this porch for well over three months with no visible food or water, except for his daily offering. After some soul searching, he decided to spring into action and may I add, none to soon!

The very next day after delivering the mail to this house, he noticed several men carrying furniture out the door. When questioned, the men reported that the homeowners were moving! The postal worker asked if the owners planned to take the cat as well. The men quickly answered that they did not have any knowledge regarding the owners or if they planned to take the cat.

The postal worker decided that if he wanted to save this cat’s life, he had to be the one to rescue the cat immediately. He borrowed a carrier and somehow (by the grace of God!) was able to get her into the carrier and called FosterCat. We were happy to help get the cat vetted and into a temporary foster home.

We named this little girl Pebbles and found out that she was about two to three years old and had never been spayed. Our guess was she had probably never seen a vet! Once Pebbles was vetted and safe, we were able to get her picture on our website to be adopted. I am so happy to report that we were able to find this little girl a loving home with some very special people. FosterCat had been referred to Cathy and Charlie by two of our wonderful supporters.

Cathy filled out the application on our website and I immediately called her. Both she and her husband wanted to rescue an older cat who needed a home, and Cathy was willing to try Pebbles to make sure it was a good fit. What is more amazing is that Cathy decided to adopt both Pebbles and Heidi (another older stray who needed a home) into their loving home. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to find a home for not one, but two cats in need!

Cathy reports “Thanks so much for everything! FosterCat does such a wonderful job with cats in need of homes. We are so lucky to have both of them in our lives.”

There you have Pebbles’ and Heidi’s story! Sometimes it’s up to each and every one of us to step up and do the right thing! It can really make a difference in the life of just one animal, by preventing needless suffering for these animals outside who are helpless and all alone. Make a pledge this Christmas to help an animal in need! You will be blessed tenfold!

Merry Christmas and thank you to all our special supporters, volunteers, adoptors and especially from our Board of Directors of FosterCat, Inc.

FosterCat’s Third Annual Bingo Fundraiser

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!

Muppet and Quentin

FosterCat found out about a post on Facebook from a woman asking for help for two adult cats. Apparently these cats were hanging around outside a motel in the Monroeville area. Kim, (our foster coordinator extraordinaire) contacted the person from the Facebook post and immediately met the woman at the Pittsburgh Spay and Vaccination parking lot and retrieved the two cats.

Kim was pleasantly surprised that both cats were extremely friendly and wanted to be petted. We immediately found out from an employee at the motel that the cats had been in a room at the motel and proceeded to “break out of the window” in the motel room to get out. Apparently, the owners had paid their bill and abandoned the cats in the motel room.

We immediately made vet appointments for both cats. As it turns out, one was a male and one was a female (of course) and neither one was spayed/neutered or chipped. Both are around two years old. We named them Muppet and Quentin and began the process of finding them new homes.

First of all, Quentin and Muppet are very lucky that an employee from the motel cared enough to alert someone to rescue these cats. Most cats/kittens are not that lucky. People abandon their pets outside every single day. I am always dumbfounded that someone who adopts an animal, feeds them, loves them and sleeps right beside them, can just throw them away like an old shoe or a piece of furniture when they tire of the cat or dog. Many people have been caught on video driving up to various locations and dumping cats near dumpsters, convenience stores, strip malls, businesses, industrial parks, highways, turnpikes, gas stations or restaurant parking lots. This is such a despicable act! I just cannot understand for the life of me why people continue to abandon pets outside, especially when there are numerous rescues that they can use. It seems that “impatience” has a great deal to do with how people go about discarding an animal.

I receive many calls asking for our help with a cat(s) who needs to be rehomed. We try to accommodate as many cats as we can, but we only have a certain number of foster homes. If I tell them that we are totally full, I always ask them if they can foster the cat for a few weeks until we have an open foster home. At least 75% of the people tell me that they are cleaning out their parent’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s house and they want the cat gone “yesterday.” Some wait until the day before they move to reach out and contact someone about finding their pet a home. Most are not willing to foster the cat for a day (let alone a week), until we can find an open foster home. It truly is upsetting and very frustrating that people are not willing to do anything to ensure that the cat will have a safe and happy home.

I am happy to report that Muppet has found her forever home. Dacia reports that “We love our Muppet!,” Quentin is still waiting for that special someone to love and adopt him! Both cats are doing well after their harrowing experience. Visit our Facebook page and website (www.fostercat.org) to find Quentin.

All of us at FosterCat want to help as many cats/kittens as we can. It’s part of our mission of “…saving lives, one cat at a time.” This goal can only be achieved with your help. It’s important to encourage people who need to rehome a cat or dog to check with all available groups and shelters to make sure it will be in a safe and warm place until it is adopted out, and that they reach out as soon as humanly possible so as not to wait until the last minute! Foster homes get full quickly, especially during kitten season. Don’t we owe our pets that much care and consideration?

Cat-loving Kindergartner to the Rescue

Six-year-old Sophia Bradway loves cats, so a fundraiser to help homeless cats was a natural choice. Also a lover of girly things, like nail art, she pitched her idea to local Color Street nail strips consultant Angie Johnston, who helped set up the Facebook fundraiser.

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.)

A Tale of Snow White and the Seven Kittens!

“Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest One of all?” Why it’s Snow White of course! Snow White (a totally longhaired “black” female cat) was found on the south side of Pittsburgh in August of 2020 with seven of her all-black kittens. FosterCat had to really hustle to find a temporary foster home that would agree to take in all 8 cats. One of our new fosters Terry, agreed to foster all until permanent homes could be found.

Fortunately, all of the kittens were vetted and adopted pretty quickly. Snow White had a harder time being placed. After poring over many applications, FosterCat finally was able to single out a person who agreed to foster (and possibly adopt) Snow White. While I would like to report that this was a “happily ever after” story, it was anything but. It seems the new foster’s boyfriend took Snow White out on a “harness” and she proceeded to bolt when she heard a car backfire. This is one reason why we do not permit any of our cats to be taken outside period!

FosterCat had many volunteers combing Highland Park looking for Snow White. Abandoned churches, buildings and parking lots were combed every night. Posters were put up in the area and our expert trapper Kathy went out nightly setting traps and setting up cameras, all to no avail. We were all terribly upset. Winter was coming and it was bitter cold out. I was heartsick and could not sleep at nights knowing this cat was outside, all alone and trying to fend for herself.

I almost gave up any hope of rescuing this cat and then one day in March I received a call from a vet in Highland Park stating that a woman had rescued a cat and it was chipped to FosterCat. Thank God for microchips!!! I immediately called and told them it was our cat Snow White, who had been missing since last August!

I immediately called the number the vet gave me and spoke to Maria R. Maria informed me that she had been feeding Snow White all winter. She assumed that since she had a pink/orange collar on her, that it was an owned cat. After a few months the collar disappeared and Maria knew that the cat was probably lost or was abandoned. Snow White started spending her time in Maria’s heated doghouse. In the meantime, Maria had been feeding her all winter and was eventually able to lure her into her house. For that act of kindness, I was extremely grateful. I explained to Maria what had happened and she immediately asked me if she could adopt Snow White. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled!

Maria adopted Snow White and gradually introduced her to her two other female cats. It took some time and patience, but all of the cats are now happy and healthy. Maria texted me recently and let me know that she had been transferred to Germany. I was a little worried about transporting Snow White in a plane after all the trauma she had been through, but she assured me that she hired a professional company who arranges all animal transports across seas.

Since the move, Maria has consistently texted me pictures and everyone has made it to Germany safe and sound. Snow White (now Tomasa) is still leery of the doorbell and people knocking on the front door. Maria laughed and told me that when anyone comes to the door, Snow White bolts for upstairs. She wants nothing to do with going near the front door or having to be outside ever again! And Snow White lived happily ever after…(my kind of happy ending!)


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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Amazon Smile is a donation program where each shopper designates a charity and Amazon will donate a portion of sales to that charity. You can specify FosterCat, Inc as your charity! Be sure to use AmazonSmile for all of your holiday shopping!

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AmazonSmile customers can now support FosterCat Inc in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
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Volunteers Needed

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.

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 our links page.

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

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!

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