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.
It Takes Two to Tanger
Okay, I know what you are probably thinking: there’s a big fat typo right in the title of this story, and they didn’t catch it. Well, actually it’s not a typo, but we’ll get to that later. Right now, let’s take a little journey down memory lane to set the stage.
When I was in the sixth grade, I had the “opportunity” (i.e., my Mom forced me) to take ballroom dancing lessons, along with most of the other kids in my class. I’m betting some of you had a similar experience. We were paired off randomly with members of the opposite sex and led through the basic steps of the waltz, the fox trot, and some others I can’t remember, which we stiffly and haltingly executed while trying to maintain the maximum possible distance from our partners. It wasn’t pretty.
Then came the school dances in junior high. By then some of us had gotten past the revulsion of close contact with the opposite sex, but not all. In the school gym, appropriately decorated to capture the assigned theme (spring dance, sock hop, Sadie Hawkins, etc.) the boys would huddle against one wall, trying to screw up the courage to invite a girl to dance, while the girls sat in chairs along the opposite wall, dreading the prospect of being asked to dance by some boy who definitely had cooties, but dreading even more the unspeakable humiliation of not being asked at all.
Reflecting on these experiences many years later, it occurs to me that they are not unlike those experienced by our kitties as they sit in their cages in the PetSmart Adoption Centers. As a potential adopter sizes them up, perhaps first from a distance and then moving in for a closer look, are the kitties feeling something like we did as the boys approached from across the floor: will he like the way I look, will he ask me to dance, or will he pass me by for another? Will I be adopted or will I be the proverbial feline wallflower?
Maybe that is how Wallace felt. He had come to us in June, 2013, from the Western PA Humane Society, where he had been surrendered from a hoarding situation. At least part of his three years of life had been spent on the streets, but he was a gentle soul and a nice looking brown tabby, and we thought he would have no problems finding a home. But that isn’t how things turned out. Wallace made a number of trips to the PetSmart Adoption Centers, but no one applied to adopt him. He also struggled with some chronic digestive issues that kept him going back and forth to the vet between visits to the PetSmart. Time and again, he sat quietly in his cage as other kitties went home, but no one wanted him. Wallace watching, Wallace waiting, Wallace the “wallflower”.
Then one day in early January of this year I got an email from Chris, who had adopted from FosterCat on two previous occasions. Rocky, her 20 year old male kitty, had passed away in December, causing a “major upheaval” among her remaining seven felines. She was looking for a male who could deal with her young “hell raiser” Pippin and get the population back up to an even eight. She had seen Wallace’s photo on our website and wondered if he was still available.
I responded that he was indeed available and filled her in a bit more about Wallace’s personality, as well as his health issues. We agreed that it would make sense for Chris to take Wallace home with her for a trial period, so she could have her vet examine him and then see how he would fit in with the rest of the crew. We met a few days later in the NorthWay Mall parking lot for the hand-off.
I was cautiously optimistic as I waited for an update over the next few days. This was a huge opportunity for Wallace. Some one had seen him and wanted to meet him. Some one had asked him to dance. And not just someone – someone really wonderful, who could give him a wonderful home.
First came the email announcing that Wallace had received a clean bill of health from Chris’s vet. Then, a few days later, the next email, the moment of truth: “Wallace has found his forever home. We love him. Let me know how to proceed with making it official.”
Wow! It just doesn’t get any better than that. Wallace the Wallflower no more. As Chris wrote, “He is just awesome, fitting in well and restoring some normalcy. We have no issues with his bowels. He likes to wrestle with Kiefer and they get rough and body-slam when it’s time for bed. He has taken over Rocky’s place by the fireplace and loves sitting in the front window to watch the birds and neighborhood kids. Thanks for all you did to make it happen.”
Remember that issue about a typo in the title: It Takes Two to Tanger? I’ll let Chris explain the really neat thing about that: “Wallace is now his middle name. All my cats have middle names. We are calling him Tanger, after Kris Letang of the Pens. And he does know his name, but as the typical cat, responds or comes as he chooses. He is just precious I know we aren’t supposed to have favorites, but he is my favorite”.
So you see, that wasn’t a mistake at all. It really did take two to Tanger. It took the right partner to come along and say those magic words: Shall we dance?
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.