Stray and feral cats roam many neighborhoods and towns. Some are skinny and sad and some even starve to death without help. Many of the cats were probably formerly living with people, but then got dumped when they were no longer cute or cuddly kittens.
Some people bring unwanted cats and kittens to shelters or to rescue organizations, where can possibly get a new home. Volunteers who really love cats work very hard to save stray and feral cats, but they need help from others too.
Foster Cat Inc. is one of the organizations that help these stray and feral cats. In the past 10 years they have helped over 1,000 animals. They have helped them find new homes and want to help even more cats.
Foster Cat cares for about 50-60 cats at a time and works hard to get them adopted out. Some days they are able to adopt out several kittens and sometimes they aren’t able to adopt them out, but they still keep trying and help as many as they can. They also have volunteers who foster the cats and help them become more social so they will have a better chance of getting a home.
Foster Cat has no paid staff, and no professional fundraisers and doesn’t even have a shelter. All the cats they help are put into these foster homes and they get donations at their website www.fostercat.org and at an annual spaghetti dinner. Sometimes they do other things like when they raised money selling pet photos with Santa this year. The
Seventy cats were adopted out in 2010 compared with 130 in the best year. They cite the drop due to the bad economy and people having less money. They know that people are worried about their jobs and probably don’t want another pet or the expense of pet food, kitty litter and veterinary care.
But they want potential volunteers to know that if they help foster cats, they will pay for their bills, as well as help with food and litter. They just want people to help foster the animals.
The adoption fee at Foster Cat is $75 and all cats are spayed or neutered, inoculated and tested for feline leukemia. For more information, call 412-481-9144 or go to www.fostercat.org to see pictures and bios of adoptable cats.