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.
The Right Fit
Most of us have probably known couples with a wide disparity in their ages who have “fallen in love” and subsequently married. While some of these relationships, often referred to as “May/December romances” may flourish, many more unravel, for what would seem to be fairly obvious reasons. Differences which may not seem significant in the early years often intensify as time goes by and the natural and universal effects of the aging process unfold.
While it is certainly not appropriate to draw an exact parallel between choosing a suitable marriage partner and adopting a companion animal, some of the same issues are common to both. Let me address two that frequently come up in the adoption screening process:• It simply does not make sense for a person in his/her 70’s or 80’s to adopt a kitten. That seems so patently obvious that you might think it would rarely be an issue. Unfortunately, however, it is not at all unusual. Not only do these applicants seem not to consider the fact that the kitten may well outlive them, or that they may very likely become mentally or physically unable to care for the kitten, they become downright indignant if I raise these issues, or suggest that it might be more appropriate for them to consider adopting an older kitty.
Several weeks ago, for example, I received an application from a woman who wanted to adopt a four month old kitten. When I called her to discuss the application, I asked her age and she told me that she was 75. When I expressed concern about her adopting a kitten, she was quick to inform me that she was in excellent health, that her parents had both lived into their late 80’s and that she also had a brother who was 85, as if this family history provided some sort of guarantee of her own continuing good health and longevity. I asked if she had any children or grandchildren who would be willing to serve as a co-adopter and obligate themselves to take over the care of the kitten, if necessary. She said that she would have to check with them, so I told her I would call her back the next day.
When I called her back, she informed me that since I wouldn’t let her have the kitten that her daughter had gotten her a “free” kitten from a farm and that she just loved the kitten and was enjoying watching her running and playing. Since the kitten had not been spayed, I gave her information about low cost options, wished her well, and happily assumed I’d heard the last of her.
The next day I answered my phone and was surprised when the woman on the other end of the line identified herself as the very same applicant Between her gasping sobs, she proceeded to tell me that I had been right; the kitten was far too active for her and she was already exhausted from trying to care for her. She had now realized, she explained, that between caring for her husband, who suffers from dementia, and dealing with the limitations of her wheelchair (neither of which she had disclosed in our earlier conversation) she just wasn’t going to be able to care for the kitten, so could I please take her into our program and find another home for her. I trust you have seen my point.
• It is generally not a good idea to adopt a kitten or young cat as a companion for an elderly cat. Unless the older cat is unusually active, he or she will almost certainly not appreciate being constantly jumped, chased or ambushed by a young whippersnapper attempting to engage him or her in active play. Almost inevitably, the older cat will feel threatened and set upon and will react to the stress by withdrawing into hiding or acting out in some undesirable way, such as urine marking or over-grooming, and the kitten will be frustrated and lonely without a suitable playmate.
It would be a far better bet to adopt a companion closer in age, or adopt two kittens who can chase and tussle with each other, leaving their senior sibling to live in peace, while still benefiting from the presence of other felines in the home.
If you or someone you know is considering adopting a kitty and find yourself in one of these situations, please consider these issues or suggest that others factor them into the selection process. Perhaps Bella or Minuit, two lovely kitties who both recently lost their homes due to the death or incapacitation of their caregivers would be “the right fit” for you.
Help Kitties While You Shop
If you’re still working on your holiday shopping list, please consider purchasing hand-crafted jewelry or holiday ornaments from Catmint Creations, LLC, owned and operated by FosterCat volunteer Norma Clouse. Norma formed the company in 2012 to support local animal rescue and welfare groups in the Pittsburgh area, donating 25% of gross sales to agencies chosen by purchasers.
Orders can be placed through the company’s website at www.etsy.com/shop/CatmintCreations. A wide variety of items are available, in addition to those pictured here, including a lovely wall quilt featuring red lilies. The entire purchase price of $150 for this item will be directed to FosterCat, Inc. Purchasers of other items may direct the donation of partial sale proceeds to FosterCat in the Message field at checkout. Norma is offering a 10% discount on all purchases (other than the quilt) designating FosterCat as the recipient organization from now through December 31. Simply enter FosterCat in the coupon code field at check out to receive the discount.
Thank you, Norma, for helping us continue to help the kitties.
Ninth Spaghetti Dinner Sets New Record
Yes, we did it again! Thanks to a lot of hard work and the generosity of our volunteers and supporters, FosterCat netted a whopping $8200.00 for the care of our cats and kittens from this year’s event, surpassing 2013’s record of $5600.00 by nearly 50%. In addition to the proceeds of record ticket sales, we also raised a record amount from the Chinese auction and sale of logo and vendor items, as our new location at St. Catherine’s provided increased space to accommodate additional diners and vendors.
We send our thanks to all who came out to support us in this important event. We also thank all those who helped by donating food, supplies or auction items, selling tickets, or working at the event, including volunteers Gary Benko, Lois Wray, Katie Tontala, Kathy Schwenning, Kathy Kacvinsky, Elaine Quinque, Flora Brandi, Denise Consonery, Mary Ann Mitro, Linda and Sam Caputo, Laura Ammon, Mike Weis, Ginny Haid, Kim Zambrano, Michelle Dunn, Teri Koms, Rose Weber, Bobbie Schiegg, Audrey Franzetta, Ron and Dianne Gruendl, Barbara Slade and Alexa Howald.
We are especially grateful to Barb Slade and Dianne Gruendl, who spent countless hours soliciting donors, organizing the auction, communicating with vendors and handling many other details.
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.