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.
Tommy’s Travels: From Trash to Treasure
We live in a throw-away society. Few, I think, would dispute that fact. With the exception of those remaining among us who experienced the privations of the Great Depression, few yet embrace the values expressed in the old saying: “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”.
Nonetheless, it can still be said that there remains in our culture a fascination for the discovery of “buried treasure”. Yard sales, garage sales and rummage sales abound from spring to fall each year. And surely you’ve had the opportunity, as I have on more than one occasion, to observe how quickly the unwanted items set out on our neighbors’ tree lawns are snatched up by passersby before the trash collectors can remove them the next day. He said it well who coined the phrase: “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”.
That phrase couldn’t more aptly summarize Tommy’s travels. Once belonging to a local family and enjoying the comforts of regular meals and warm shelter, he one day last year found himself cast out onto the streets to fend for himself ... cast out to be forgotten like yesterday’s trash.
Being not faint of heart, Tommy made the best of his diminished circumstances. He roamed the streets of Blawnox, finding food where he could on the porches of sympathetic residents, becoming something of a familiar fixture in the neighborhood. Perhaps the remaining years of his life might there have been sadly played out, had it not been for the providential arrival on the scene of a woman who had been asked to help trap a mother and three kittens in his neighborhood.
Marianne successfully trapped the little family and the woman who had requested her help decided to take the kittens in and try to socialize them. The kittens responded quickly and were vetted; the woman placed two with friends and family and kept the third. The feral mom kitty was spayed and released.
As the weather turned colder, the woman grew concerned about the mom kitty and determined to try to bring her inside. She left the warm outdoor shelter she had provided for her in place, in the event that she could not adapt to living indoors. Thankfully, she made a good adjustment, and Tommy took the opportunity to avail himself of her cozy and now unoccupied shelter. Observing that Tommy was sticking close by, the woman again sought Marianne’s help. Marianne easily scooped him into a carrier and took him to FosterCat foster parent Kim. Tommy took up residence in Kim’s husband’s warehouse, where Marianne often visited him. When it became readily apparent that Tommy was immanently adoptable, he was vetted and delivered to Northway PetSmart for adoption.
A few days later, Melissa was visiting the PetSmart to pick up a prescription for one of her dogs. The moment she saw Tommy, she was reminded of a much beloved feline, who had passed away some time ago. When she went into the adoption center to visit Tommy, she knew that she wanted to adopt him. Her only concern was how he would react to her two dogs.
She needn’t have worried. “Tommy is completely ‘chill’ with the dogs”, she reported when I called to check on his progress. “My black Lab is still a little snippy with him when she gets jealous, but he just ignores her. He is the most laid back cat I have ever known. He’s very affectionate with the dogs and with us and it is just so adorable to watch them all lined up sitting on the couch together. Tommy loves to snuggle and butt heads. When he purrs he sounds just like a pigeon. And my husband can’t believe how loudly he snores. I have been looking for a cat like Tommy for a long time. He is wonderful and I just love him.”
Tommy has completed the most important journey of his life. He is a living testimony that one man’s trash is another’s treasure. I’d say he is home to stay. And that is what saving lives, one cat at a time, is all about.
10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
The results are in. Our 10th annual spaghetti dinner event raised more than $7000.00 for the care of FosterCat’s kitties Though this total fell short of last year’s record earnings, we are very pleased, especially in light of the rainy weather, which no doubt caused some to stay home and stay dry.
We are grateful to many organizations and individuals whose generous donations of food, supplies and auction items helped make the event such a success. We also want to thank all who came out to support us by attending the dinner and participating in the auction. And, of course, we want to thank our volunteers who helped with set up, serving, cleanup and many other tasks behind the scenes, including Chantel Brown, Charles and Kathy Kacvinsky, Denise Consonery, Elaine and Lidia Quinque, Emily Robbibaro, Kim and Gene Zambrano, Flora and Gina Brandi, Gary Benko, Irene Hardman, James and Kathy Schwenning, John Sullivan, Katie Tontala, Laura Amon, Lois Wray, Mary Ann Mitro, Norma Clouse, Rose Weber, Teri Koms, Rachel Berdine, Ron and Dianne Gruendl, Audrey Franzetta, Barb Slade and Alexa Howald. You have all helped us to continue to make a difference in the lives of cats and kittens in need (Please excuse us if we missed your name and accept our sincere thanks.)
2015 Membership Drive Ties All Time Record
Yes, friends and supporters, you've done it again. Thanks to your loyalty and generosity, our 2015 Membership Campaign raised $3900.00, just over $200.00 shy of our all time record of $4130.00 last year.
We are truly grateful that so many fellow cat lovers share our concern for the welfare of homeless cats and kittens and are willing to express that concern with their financial resources. We send our sincere thanks to all of you who became members or renewed your memberships to help us keep on saving lives, one cat at a time.
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.
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.