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.
Showers of Blessings
2016 was a year of many blessings for FosterCat, Inc. As we shared in our recent Membership Drive mailing, the Lord blessed us last year with a record number of adoptions. We were also blessed financially by the especially generous gifts of many of our supporters. But, as if that were not enough, as the year was drawing to a close, we were also blessed to place two long term foster kitties into wonderful permanent adoptive homes I hope that as I share their stories with you, you will be able to rejoice with us in this especially sweet blessing.
The Lord works in mysterious ways, so we actually have to go back to August, 2016, when the seeds of blessing were first planted in the form of a foster parent application submitted by a young lady in New Castle. While Shawna lived a bit too far away to be able to manage ongoing trips to our vets and to the PetSmart stores where we display our kitties for adoption, we thought she might be interested in fostering Gabrielle, a kitty who had come into our program in April 2014 as a kitten, when the brother of a woman who had been feeding her outside threatened to shoot “the ***** cat” if she didn’t stop coming around and crying to come into the house. Gabrielle is one of those kitties who doesn’t like other animals, so she didn’t do well in the Adoption Centers surrounded by lots of other kitties. She was also not happy in her current foster home because of the dogs and other cats who also lived in the home. Shawna had no other pets, so we thought her home would be an ideal place for Gabrielle to stay until she could be placed in a permanent home.
After getting to know Gabrielle, Shawna grew very fond of her and seriously considered adopting her, but had hesitated due to some uncertainties in her employment situation. Then, one day in early January, I received an email inquiring about Gabreille. It’s author, Dianne, explained that she had seen Gabrielle’s photo on our website and was intrigued by her story. She and her husband had recently lost their kitty and were wondering if Gabrielle might be a good fit for them. I responded immediately (with much excitement) that Gabrielle was currently in one of our foster homes and that if Dianne would submit an application, we could go through the process of qualifying her as an adopter and then arrange for her to meet Gabrielle to see if she would want to adopt her.
After receiving the application and determining that Dianne and her husband would be excellent adoptive parents, I asked our president, Barb, who manages our foster program, to contact Shawna and ask if she would be willing to have Dianne come to her home to meet Gabrielle. It was at that point that Barb learned that Shawna had actually emailed her a few weeks earlier to say that her employment situation had been resolved and she was now confident that she was in a position to adopt Gabrielle. For some reason, Barb had not received that email.
Speaking of showers of blessings, you have surely heard the old saw “when it rains, it pours”? Here is a kitty who has been in our program for nearly three years without a single application for adoption and now, within the space of a few days, two families have opened their hearts to her. A happy dilemma, but a dilemma still.
I emailed Dianne to tell her what I had learned and explained that since Shawna had been caring for Gabrielle for several months and had actually tried to inform us of her desire to adopt, that we needed to give her first consideration. And, with some degree of both hope and trepidation, I attached a photo of Autumn and asked whether Dianne might be willing to consider another kitty in our program, who had also been waiting a long time for a home of her own. I went on to tell her that Autumn, who is about the same age as Gabrielle and who also needs to be an only cat, had come to us in 2014, when her owner moved and put her and her four siblings outside to fend for themselves. They were found seeking shelter in the drawers of an old dresser on her deserted back porch; some had been taken in by another rescue group and Autumn had come to us. I had placed her in a good home in January, 2015, but she was returned by the adopter, who realized that Autumn was too frightened of her other two cats to be able to enjoy her life there. She, like Gabrielle, had not done well in the Adoption Centers and was currently residing in one of our foster homes with no other animals, waiting for the right person to come along.
Dianne couldn’t have been more gracious. “I’m delighted that Gabrielle has found a permanent home,” she responded. “We would love to make Autumn a member of our family. Please begin the adoption process. I can’t imagine our giving her back. She is a beautiful cat (but aren’t they all ). We will be happy to do anything you need us to do. We are so excited!”
Showers of blessings? This is a deluge! I can hardly believe that this is happening. Of course, I explained to Dianne that we wouldn’t want her to adopt Autumn without meeting her first. I arranged to visit their home to execute a Trial Foster Contract and one of our foster parents delivered Autumn to them. A few days later I received another email from Dianne: “We are in love. Please send the final adoption papers.”
Now that both of these sweet girls have had time to settle comfortably into their lifelong homes, we are happy to report that they are both thriving:
“Gabreille (Gabby) is a one in a million sort of cat. Never had we imagined that we would find such an amazing fur baby. She loves people and is always careful to greet visitors, walking from person to person to make sure she gives attention to everyone.”
“When she first came to us as a foster kitty, we were told that Gabby was a timid cat who had had trouble finding a home. But within the first week of her arrival, she made our house her home and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We had just lost our two cats shortly before she came into our lives and she has filled the void in our home. We may have fostered and adopted her, but it was she who rescued us.”
And on to Autumn…
“Last August we were devastated by the loss of our beloved 14 year old calico, Cabanna. I vowed , never again. Enter divine intervention and the wonderful FosterCat organization. Whether she is sleeping on her scratching pad or hiding under a rug, Autumn gives us joy and laughter every day. She is a wonderful addition to our family.”
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 Alexa’s email address has changed. Please make note of the change and direct all future emails/photo attachments to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and keep those updates coming. We love to receive them!
Eleventh Annual Spaghetti Dinner
We are pleased to announce that this year’s event raised almost $7000.00 for the care of the cats and kittens in our program. While this total was a bit lower than last year’s, we are very thankful for all who came out to support our cause.
Our sincere thanks go to all of the organizations and individuals who generously donated food, supplies and/or cash, and to all of our faithful volunteers, who worked hard to help make the event a success, including: Laura Ammon, Norma Clouse, Denise Consonery, Irene Hardman, Elaine Quinque, Flora Brandi, John Sullivan, Kathy Conaway, Kathy Schwenning, Katie Tontala, Kim Zambrano, Mary Ann Mitro, Rose Weber, Audrey Franzetta, Dianne and Ron Gruendl, Barb Slade and Alexa Howald.
Together, you have all helped us to continue to pursue our mission of saving lives, one cat at a time. (Please excuse us if we missed your name and accept our sincere thanks).
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.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Some things just can’t be said too often. That’s how we feel about telling all of our friends and supporters how grateful we are for their generous response to our 2016 Membership Drive campaign. Thanks to all of you, we raised $3780.00 to help defray the expense of providing care for the homeless cats and kittens in our charge.
I hope each one of you who became a member or renewed your membership this year will accept our thanks and share our joy in having been a part of bringing about happy endings like Timmy’s for so many other homeless cats and kittens.
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.