Sprocket is Looking for New Place to Roll Around

Look at those lovely citron eyes!

Sprocket is a very friendly and affectionate 7-year-old male cat who gets along with men, women, children, dogs, and other cats. He’s a playful white neutered male with big black spots and markings and he still has his claws. Sprocket has been an indoor cat his entire life since venturing outdoors wasn’t really an option in his current neighborhood.

From his family…

The reasons we can’t keep him:

We have a new baby on the way and with our current work schedules it is very difficult to give Sprocket the attention he wants, needs, and deserves. This will only be worse once the baby comes and he has been living on our small enclosed back porch for a few months since we are remodeling parts of our house  as we continue searching for a new home for him… He’s very lonely and we’re desperately seeking a loving new family to adopt Sprocket as soon as possible where he can be part of the family again and get some attention and interaction with both people and hopefully other animals too…

If interested in this lovely cat,please either email Chris at christopher.vendilli@gmail.com or call him at (412) 849-6276.

Wouldn't you like to take me home?

And enjoy a slideshow of photos of Sprocket rolling around and being charming…

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Photos were provided by Sprocket’s family.


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Pumpkin Pete Needs a New Human

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Pumpkin Pete being his friendly self.

How can people do this?

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Pumpkin Pete wondering if you'd like him.

This poor guy (NEUTERED) was left behind by a sub-human when they moved away ! (people can be so mean) He has been living OUTSIDE for months, but remains extra-special friendly! He waits for me each day for his food & water.  He really-really-really NEEDS a person to call his own! 

I’ve named him Pumpkin Pete and he actually comes to the name! 🙂  He knows my car and comes running for his pets, hugs, belly rubs and food  LOL

 Does ANYONE out there have room in there heart/home for Pumpkin Pete ?

Pumpkin Pete lives in a parking lot near Pittsburgh, PA. You’d make an orange boy who is neutered and friendly very, very happy if you could take him in! Send an e-mail to the person who is caring for him.

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Pumpkin Pete getting ready for belly rubs.

Often, pets left behind, especially cats, become part of a stray and feral colony, and in fact that is often how some colonies seem to form. I know that many of the cats I’ve taken in from my neighborhood over the years were left behind by people who rented in residential homes turned into apartments on the street next to me. Often this was not intentional as I’ve returned cats who escaped during moving to their people, but there have also been the cats that people hadn’t wanted in the first place, like Sasha, a cat I took in then returned to his owner but should have known better, especially when she called to say she’d moved and left him on her front porch…

And with the housing crisis, the economy, jobs, income, sometimes people need to give up their pets to someone who may not be as committed as they were and the cat ends up outside; unfortunately, sometimes people just abandon them because they don’t know what else to do. We know better, but this is often how they end up.

Anybody out there for Pumpkin Pete? Send an e-mail to the person who is caring for him.


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Pretty Patches is Looking for a New Home

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Patches is looking for a home where she can work her special magic.

A friend put out this message about a cat her family had adopted for her mother in a time of need. Now the beautiful long-haired calico Patches needs to find a new home where she can bring comfort to her people. No one in the family can adopt her so they hope to find a good home with someone who will love her just as much. Patches is young and has many years to spend with a new family.

She writes:

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Patches brought comfort to her person.

Patches is a petite, sweet-tempered lap cat. We rescued her from Animal Friends for my mother 2 years ago when my mother was fighting cancer.

Since losing my mom last summer, Patches is a little lost and my dad can’t take care of her. We are hoping to find her a good home. She is a little shy at first, but snuggles with my children and myself whenever we visit. She is a bit of a puffball, and she has amazing markings. She has only been an indoor cat and she is about 3 to 4 years old.  She will make a great addition to any family.

Patches is in Zelienople, north of Pittsburgh, PA. Please call 724-719-2229.

Animals helping people heal

What a wonderful idea for the family to choose a feline companion for a family member fighting illness, and to choose a rescue kitty as well. Often when illness strikes people are advised to or choose to give up their pets because their care is too much on top of the illness. There are times when this is very true, as we’ve seen with a few rescue stories here on The Creative Cat, such as Dorothy’s Pets. But this family knew that a feline companion could help this woman by providing the companionship and unconditional love that is the gift of any animal companion. Read about actual studies into this in Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other and Research says cats have healing powers.


Images used in this article were provided by Patches’ family.

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Losing Apartment, 9 Cats Need Foster Homes

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Four of the cats who need a home, looks like Lily, Samantha, Jennifer and Toby.

A friend sent an e-mail over the weekend informing us of a friend of hers who had lost her job several months ago and is now losing her apartment. The nine cats she lovingly rescued will need homes by Friday, February 17—but only temporary foster homes because she intends to get back on her feet when she finds another job and take them all back into her home.

She is offering to pay all their expenses, and just asks that you keep them safe while she re-establishes herself.

I will note that I have fostered one or more cats for people in transition several times, and each time, once they got back into their own apartment, they came back for their cats. I tend to trust these people, and knowing their cats are safe and loved lets them work on finding new homes and new jobs without worrying about what would happen to their pets. You not only help the pet, you help the person as well—often, giving up a pet is the most difficult part of financial hardship, leading to depression and completely inhibiting any chance of rebuilding one’s life.

I had word today that three of the cats may have been placed, though I’m not sure which three that would be from this list. But it doesn’t matter, if you can foster one or more, just comment on this blog post and I will put you in touch with their person or one of the people helping her. I get the idea the mid-month eviction was a total surprise and they are looking for a home for her as well as her cats.

We are near Pittsburgh, in Western Pennsylvania.

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Four more of the cats who need homes, looks like Lily's kittens, marked with an (*) below.

Her note is below, as well as the descriptions of the cats, several of whom were rescued from near-death experiences.

I have 9 cats in need of temporary foster homes. The following is a brief history/physical description on the kids. All of them are in good health, strictly indoor kitties, no special needs/diets.

I will provide for food, litter and any vet needs. They just need safe shelter while I re-establish myself. I love them all very much, and would like to have them all back once I’m settled. They are important to [me], but their welfare comes first to me since…they are my only family left. Should they be placed, I hope it would be OK to either see them, or be updated on how they are.

Here are the kitties:

Jennifer — 14 y/o Black DSH, spayed female. She prefers quite places and people. She is also known as “Jettie.” She was rescued from Ft. Wayne, IN Animal Care/Control Death Row at approximately 2 years of age.

Samantha — 14 y/o Red Tabby DSH, spayed female, declawed. She is very active for a Senior, and does have a tendency to try to”escape” to the outdoors, but usually stops once she sees grass. She is very social with other cats and with people. She is also known as “Skeeter.” She was the stray that wouldn’t go away and was approximately 2 years of age when she came to us in Ohio (and was already declawed).

Lily — 6 y/o mottled Tortie DSH, spayed female. She also prefers quiet places and people, but does rule the roost. She was rescued from intentional drowning. She is also known as “Momma” since she gave birth to 5 kittens.

Toby — 5 y/o White with Red Tabby spots DSH, neutered male. He is pretty active,gets along with other cats and people. He is cautious on first meeting. He is also known as “Oby,” and rescued from the engine of a truck in Ohio at just a few weeks of age.

*William — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, neutered male. Very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Woobie” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Piet — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, neutered male. Very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Peeker”and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Juliana — 4 y/o Silver/Red Tabby DSH, spayed female. Friendly, but reserved, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. She is also known as “Pinkie” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Wilhelmina — 4 y/o Chocolate Sealpoint-looking DSH, spayed female. She is very friendly, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. She is also known as “Willa” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

*Beatrix — 4 y/o White/Red/Gray DSH, spayed female. Friendly, but reserved, gets along with other cats and people well, very active. He is also known as “Beebee” and is one of Lily’s 5 babies.

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Four of the cats who need homes.


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Penny Has Been Adopted!

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Penny Sleeping, courtesy her rescuer

In a very roundabout way I heard the news this week that Penny, the calico cat rescued this past fall, was adopted from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society! But what’s truly important is that Penny is in a wonderful loving home, her adopters are excited to share their home with her, and her rescuer was surprisingly on hand when Penny was being adopted, on her first shift as a volunteer at WPHS.

Penny truly is an angel to have brought all this about. Here is the rest of the wonderful story of Penny.

A little background

Early Wednesday morning, January 4, Ingrid King forwarded a comment to me that had been posted on her profile of me from a few years ago from the people who had adopted Penny: “…My fiancée and I recently adopted Penny  (named after the phrase ‘pennies from heaven’), a beautiful calico cat.  We were told you’d written a story about Penny; the woman who’d brought her to the shelter gave us your name.” She added that it was difficult to find the article or many other things on The Creative Cat, which is how she ended up talking to Ingrid.

Thanks to Ingrid I could contact the woman through the comment, introduced myself and gave her the link to the article. I added, “I love to post updates to cats I’ve posted for adoption on The Creative Cat. All people are completely anonymous unless they wish otherwise. Would you mind telling me a few things about why you chose Penny, why you visited the WPHS and perhaps why cats are special enough for you to be taken into your home? If not, I’d never betray your privacy, I can just announce that Penny was adopted and a lot of people will cheer.”

From Penny’s rescuer

I also sent off an e-mail to the woman who rescued Penny saying that I was so glad to hear, not sure that she knew, though I knew that she had followed through with her promise to train as a volunteer at WPHS so she might be in the know. Better than that! She wrote back:

“I was at the shelter when Kitty got adopted. That was the first day volunteering and I was doing the laundry and was mentioning Kitty and one of the girls told me she was getting adopted right then. I rushed over to say goodbye to Penny….I don’t think she recognized me at first but then she got more playful and then I think she recognized me. The man and lady who adopted her said they already had a cat and it was not a lap cat and took more to the girlfriend than the man that owned her. He wanted a cat to sit on his lap. I think that is just what he got because Penny liked to be held and have her ears rubbed. She would fall asleep when you did that. I asked him why he picked her and he said she seemed friendly and came over to him. He looked at another calico but Penny seemed more friendly. He seemed like a really nice man and I was so happy that Penny got to be adopted that day….I told them about the story you wrote about Penny and I wrote down your name to look up your website. Do you know if they got to read the story about Penny? I have a copy and give it to friends when I talk about her. That was such a special story. We still miss Penny and talk about her but I am so happy for her that she got a home.”

And from her adopters

About three that afternoon I received a sweet e-mail from the adopters, “Read the story about Penny and loved it!  The attached file answers the questions you posed.  You may absolutely use our first names as well as any portion of the attachment.  Many thanks for all you do.” Attached to the e-mail was a story they’d written in answer to my questions! People don’t do that unless they are really smitten, and I would guess they are.

“Dear Bernadette,

“My fiancée and I have been cohabitating since our engagement last February.  Randy came into our relationship with two cats and I had one.  To keep the focus on Penny, our new addition, suffice it to say two of our three cats passed on.  We were down to Friskie, a healthy rambunctious striped cat whose favorite past time is shredding our toilet paper.  I had been whispering in Randy’s ear for a few months that Friskie was bored and needed a companion.  The day after Christmas Randy surprised me when he pulled into the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (WPHS)!

“Friskie is a little over two years old.  We wanted a female cat of similar age who had been fixed.  Penny’s cage was positioned near the entrance to the cat enclave.  While the signs say NOT to stick your fingers in the cage, of course we did!  Penny was immediately responsive, gentle and Randy was already gone on his little girl.  Randy was extremely desirous of a ‘lap sitter’, something Friskie only does briefly.

“We liked two other cats but of those two, one was a boy ~ not meeting our criteria; the other was adopted out before we moved from the cage ~ believe it or not!

“We had some private time with Penny in the ‘quiet room’.  She seemed most content to sit on each of our laps and have her ears scratched.  The deal was done.  We wanted Penny.

“While we waited our turn to complete paperwork Randy and I met the woman who had brought Penny to the shelter.  It was her very first day volunteering at WPHS.  When the kindly woman saw we meant to adopt Penny she gave us all the background information you previously printed in your article “An Angel Named Penny” posted on December 1, 2011.  What are the odds?  We’d chosen a famous kitty who’d been published.  WOW!…

“Now, a few weeks after adoption, Penny is officially one of us.  Our Friskie is still shredding toilet paper if left within claws reach, but he does have a companion.  They are seldom out of each other’s sight; it’s too CUTE!

“Our only concern is that Penny sleeps an awful lot and is a bit thin.  Her appetite is unbelievably good so I expect she’ll thicken up in no time.  I’m not overly worried about her sleep habits either, but Randy almost obsesses on it.  I’ve explained that Penny’s had a rough go of it and to give her a few weeks.  And too, cats lean towards nocturnal.  I’ve seen her racing through the house with Friskie in the middle of the night when I’m getting up to use the bathroom or grab that 4 AM snack. 

“In closing, you had asked why we chose WPHS and why cats?  Randy and I are both animal lovers.  We love ALL animals.  A discussion about adopting a dog sporadically surfaces but our lifestyles aren’t conducive to dog ownership.  Dogs take a lot more effort, what with the walking, scooping and dependency issues.  We’ve both owned dogs in our past but are at a place in our lives where cats are the more desirable pet.  We’ve got a few cats and a few fish; that’s good for now.

“And as to why WPHS all I can say is why not?  We’re not about breeding pets or raising them up for ribbons and shows.  We just wanted an addition to the family.  We didn’t need a thorough bred or something with papers.  We had a ‘wants’ list, but mostly we wanted something warm, furry and cuddly.  We got it; we got Penny!


“Marsha & Randy”

I can’t say more than that…

…except to say that I’m glad I was a part of it. And I know this kind of magic happens every day, even without my intervention, at shelters all over the country. I am in tears thinking about how many happy endings are wound up in this one story!

Keep shelters on your donation list

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While Penny was at WPHS, they spayed her and treated her for an upper respiratory infection, and of course they fed her and supplied litter for her personal use. This is not free, and the medical care can get expensive. WPHS is an open-door shelter, charged with accepting any animal brought to their door—a little over 14,000 cats and dogs last year.

Please make a donation to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society to help support what they do for other cats and dogs all year round. I’ll give you a gift if you do: Visit my Friendraiser page for WPHS and order a dozen Feline Greetings cards in honor of Penny, and $10 of every purchase will be donated to WPHS. Use the link on the Friendraiser page to go to my Etsy shop, and make sure you enter the code WPHSPENNY in the notes section when you order!

If not WPHS, please support your local shelter in any way you can.

And if you are looking for an angel kitty, there are many more kitties who have stories as well. Adopt if you can, foster if not, or donate to your local shelter in time, goods or money this holiday season.


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Amber Midnight Needs a Home

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Amber Midnight needs a home soon!

We love all kitty brands and flavors here at The Creative Cat, but we’ve always felt black cats were very special. Mimi and her children, and even the tortie girls who remember the first black cat, feel a special responsibility for black cats in need.

Meet Amber Midnight

This handsome black kitty has apparently chosen the back porch of a woman named Shirley, but Shirley already has a kitty and the retirement community where she lives does not allow pets kept outside or stray animals.

I am trying to find a warm and loving home for a Black Short Haired Cat that has wondered into the complex where I live several months ago.  I have named this cat Amber Midnight because it has Amber Eyes and is as Black as Midnight.  It is soooo friendly and I am guessing it is approximately 3-5 years old.  I do not know if it is male or female.

I have been feeding it and setting up a card board box for it to sleep in on these cold damp nights on my porch.  I cannot take this little guy/girl in because I already have a very jealous cat, Molly who would never permit this without a fight.

Please, please if you would like to adopt this friendly cat or know of someone who needs the companionship of a loving animal please let me know.  The weather is getting nasty out there and will only get worse.  This cat likes to be able to go outside and then returns home so it will need a home where the community permits pets to be outside.  The community I reside in does not permit this at all.  I have attached a picture of it for you to view.  It is not a very good one as he/she would not lay still long enough for a photo session.  Let me know if you or someone you know would be interested.

Is your home in need of a big friendly black cat with amber eyes?

Amber Midnight lives near me in Carnegie, near Pittsburgh, PA. Please contact me by commenting on this blog and I will get the message to Shirley. Amber Midnight looks like an exceptional kitty and would make a wonderful companion.


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An Angel Named Penny

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Here's Penny, image provided by WPHS.

In mid-October I received an e-mail from someone in the community next to mine that a stray cat had come to visit her porch. If you’d like to adopt an angel cat, Penny is waiting for you at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Her story is so special I have to share it.

A pretty kitty needs a home

“I have followed the articles written over the years in the local paper about you and I know that you are a cat lover,” the e-mail read from a person I did not know. Busted! This sometimes happens, and it usually leads to a new friendship. I read on to see where this would lead.

“A small Calico Cat has taken up at my house. It is homeless and I wanted to know if you knew of someone that would like to have it or could foster it until it finds a home? It is a beautiful cat with black, gold, tan spots with a white belly. I think it is young because it looks very dainty and it has yellow/green eyes,” she continued.

I was so touched by her detailed and tender description. Obviously she had not simply looked out her window and seen a cat and e-mailed me, she was observant and had studied the cat and found adjectives like “small”, “beautiful” and “dainty” to describe her, which gave me hints about her feelings for animals and even about her as I began to assess the situation. These observations also told me a few things about the kitty, that she made direct eye contact and wasn’t timid, that she was probably affectionate, likely was not feral and could have been a lost pet.

She described the kitty as “very sweet and friendly” and guessed that someone had dropped it in the neighborhood. She went on to say she had she posted listings for an apparently lost kitty on Pet Finders and craigslist but no one had called to claim her, and that she couldn’t keep the kitty herself.

“I need to find it a home before it gets cold and now I am feeding it and it has a bed on my back porch. If I can’t find someone to take it I will have to take it to a shelter. I have neighbors that are not being kind to it now,” she explained.

Yes, the coming winter was a concern, as were the neighbors; we who rescue cats know how that can be. I was also concerned that the kitty might not be spayed—who knew what her health history was? The last thing we needed was an autumn litter of kittens. I was organizing my concerns to reply to her, lists of resources she could use, and of course I was going to try to convince her to foster or even adopt the kitty until I read the next line.

“My Old English Sheepdog died in early September so I am not ready for a pet now.”

I understood. There may have been other reasons I could work around, but this was one I would not work around in any way. Grief must take its time, and even the presence of another animal after a loss can be painful just as it can be comforting.

What to offer as help?

I also knew that I could not take the kitty, that every other rescuer and foster organization I knew of was full, and there weren’t many options for the calico but a shelter. I would advise to get her on a waiting list at Animal Friends, Pittsburgh’s no-kill shelter, but that might take more time than she had.

I know she was concerned of the kitty being euthanized at another shelter, as many people have the perception that most animals don’t survive the shelter experience and hesitate to surrender animals there.

Open Door Shelters

However, through the years I’ve sent or taken plenty of cats to Pittsburgh’s two open-door shelters, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, who’ve gone on to happy homes from the shelter or from one of their offsite adoption opportunities at PetSmart, Petco, or one of the many events they sponsor. Timing is the important element. In mid-summer at the height of kitten season it’s not a good idea in any city anywhere as shelters work with the overflow of kittens and mother cats, but fostering for a while until the overcrowding decreases helps reduce the burden of overcrowding, kitty stays socialized by living in a home and you can vouch for kitty’s personality with a potential adopter, increasing kitty’s chances of being adopted.

I’ve also known both of these shelters to be honest about an animal’s chances of being adopted when people take them for surrender during one of these overcrowded times, asking the reason for surrender and offering guidance if it’s for a behavior problem in hopes they can keep the animal in its home permanently—and often they do—and if cages are full asking if the owners can keep the animal for a while until there’s a little more space.

I e-mailed my contact at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society because it was the closest to both this person and me, and found that things were slowing down after some pretty high numbers in August. “Of course we can take care of her, it’s why we are an Open Door Shelter,” she said.

So I e-mailed back to kitty’s person that I could not take her, and I understood her feelings so soon after losing her dog that she could not keep her.

Making arrangements

“I am concerned for two things in addition to the weather: the neighbors, and the fact that she is young and may not be spayed, and may be expecting a litter of kittens and has chosen your porch because it is safe. This is not unusual, and it’s often difficult to tell if a cat is pregnant until pretty far along if she’s been outdoors and hasn’t had a regular diet,” I told her.

I explained that in this case it was most important to get her to a safer place as soon as possible. I told her about the fluctuation in intake at shelters and that they all do everything they can to find homes, and that I’ve taken cats to the shelters myself with confidence. They’d even give her shelter number to watch her progress on the shelter’s website. Calico cats, especially friendly ones, are VERY popular, and kitty would probably find a home quickly. She’d be spayed and get all her shots and be microchipped at the shelter, and a donation would be very much appreciated. She would be in no danger.

“You know how I feel about cats but I would do this myself, and I would have all confidence that she would not be euthanized, that she would get good care, and that she would find a home quickly,” I added.

This was agreeable to her and she said she’d arrange to take the kitty that weekend.

“It is the most sweet cat and deserves a good home. I just don’t know why someone would let a nice cat like that go unless it truly is lost. I will miss it when it is gone but it deserves better and a good home. I call it Kitty and I will miss it,” she said.

In successive e-mails I explained about the calico coat pattern and that she was probably a girl. And thinking of her recent loss I also shared with her that it had been a year to the day since I’d lost my Peaches and sent her a link my anniversary post about Peaches, and mentioned that sometimes animals show up at our door for a reason.

She read the article and replied she had had Snoopy, her sheepdog, for 13 years and the last month was the hardest.

“She went to the vets because of a urinary tract infection and they gave her a penicillin shot then 2 days later her hind legs were paralyzed,” she said. The vet thought it had something to do with her spine, and this often happens with older large breed dogs. “She got so sick the last 2 weeks and I was off on family leave for my Mom so I was able to take care of her every day. Up until the day she died, she barked for the mailman like she did every day and she always really loved to eat so at the end I gave her dog food pouches and the last two times she ate, she licked my hands and I think that was to tell me thank you and she knew she was going,” she continued.

“Sometimes I think that the Calico cat was sent by Snoopy. It stretches its legs in the front and then the back and Snoopy did this too. It even gave us her paw,” she said. “One day she sat on the steps with me and looked up at me with her eyes as if she was trying to tell me something. …I would like to keep her but I don’t have the room and my Mom is 81 and I am afraid she would fall over her.”

She thanked me, I wished her luck and waited to hear news of the kitty’s shelter number.

Is no news good news?

But time passed, and no news. Over Thanksgiving weekend I was planning to contact her, almost afraid in case something had happened but hoping that she had decided to keep the kitty.

The Monday following I received an e-mail from her that she had taken the kitty to WPHS the previous day. She had indeed tried to keep her but found she couldn’t.

Kitty was even a good girl in the car. “She sat in a box in the car and meowed a few times and that was only the second time since she was with me that she meowed,” she reported.

They told her at WPHS she was about a year old. “She has such a nice disposition and is so beautiful – she has a heart shape right below the back of her neck. I hope she gets a really nice home. When I put her in the carrier she never caused any trouble,” she continued.

“I hated to take her but at least she is safe and warm now. She had a bed on my porch with covers and I gave her a hot water bottle to keep her warm,” she described. “She loved to sit on the porch and look out at everything. She liked to look at the birds and I think try to catch them.

“I called her Kitty but my Mom named her Penny yesterday which was a good name because I once got a poem from someone that said every time you see a penny on the ground it is an angel from Heaven and to say a prayer. I am going to start volunteering at the shelter so maybe I will see her again,” she ended.

She added later that she was really missing them both, that Penny “really changed us all for the better. She was a little gift from God.”

Do you need an angel?

I will try to be as persuasive as possible in convincing someone to adopt an animal, especially a homeless cat—and I can be extremely persuasive, conniving, coercive and gently arm-twisting—but if their honest assessment of their situation is that they can’t adopt I am not the person to question their judgment, and I will do my best to help them and to find the animal a permanent home.

A quote, proverb, saying, aphorism that I’ve heard passed around for years though I’ve never found its origin—and it’s even turned up recently in Harry Potter—that when you save a life, you are then in some way responsible for it. Perhaps in this way I feel responsible for Penny, so I’m going to spread the word of her good deed and do my best to help her find a good home. When I get a chance to visit the WPHS I’ll find her and take a few photos, but I honestly hope that even if I get there tomorrow she’ll already be adopted and be hard at work as an angel in some other needy human’s life.

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If you are interested in Penny, click here for her information. She can be found on the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society’s website adoption page. On the left choose  “cats” and “North Side Shelter”. Penny is number A150628. Adoption fee is $30; read more here.

Please share, because I’m sure someone somewhere needs an angel!

And if not Penny, there are many more kitties who have stories as well. Adopt if you can, foster if not, or donate to your local shelter in time, goods or money this holiday season.


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Rescued Blue Needs a Home

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Blue needs a home.

April brought Blue in from the cold, but though he’s a wonderful, friendly, well-behaved kitty, her cats don’t care for him and she needs to find another home for him.

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Blue is a sweet kitty.

“This poor stray needs a home asap. All 3 of my own cats are attacking him, intimidating him and making his life more miserable than he was as a stray outside. He loves being part of a loving family and the comforts of a warm home. But for his own safety and lack of any other foster home, he will be moved to my unfinished 2nd floor … unfortunately, there is no heat up there.

I’m losing hope that he will ever find that special forever home. As animal lovers, I need advice on how to proceed. He will have a very poor quality of life in my cold attic alone. I have a toddler with special needs. What else can I do with this stray? I’m running out of time. Any advice on my options would be greatly appreciated.

He has a wonderful personality. He is laid back, gentle, extremely affectionate, tolerates kids very well, cuddly with everyone. He uses his litterbox. He’s an awesome cat. “

April has already taken him to the vet for an exam and shots, and Blue was neutered before she took him in. He’s ready for a good home. If you can adopt Blue, please contact April Williams, 412-841-6999 (cell), anf_redrider@yahoo.com. April and Blue are near Pittsburgh, PA.

Akasha Lost Her Person, and Her Home

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Akasha lost her mom and needs a home!

Akasha’s person died suddenly on September 20, 2011, with Akasha sitting right next to her, and now Akasha needs a home…again.

From Animal Advocates:

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It was a long time coming but for a while Akasha had it all.  At least she had everything she really needed. As a young cat she had been in our rescue for quite some time. She was definitely not happy sharing space with other cats and she let everybody know it. When she wasn’t acting out she was sulking. As pretty as she is she just wasn’t living up to that “pretty is as pretty does ” adage.

Then she met a compassionate cat lover named  Michaelene. “Mikey” was catless having lost a senior cat companion and she was able to offer an only cat home to Akasha.  The transformation was almost immediate and miraculous. With kindness and patience and without the stress of other animals around, testy Akasha transformed into an absolute cuddle kitty. She became affectionate, playful and demonstrative, responding to her name, head butting for attention and following her Mikey like a puppy dog. This attitude extended beyond Mikey. Akasha  wanted to be friends with Mikey’s human friends as well.

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Hoping for a Miracle

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Handsome Stripesy is looking for a home. He’s a big sweetheart, a real cuddler, never a hiss or growl in his life.

He’s also looking for a cure for his little…problem. Apparently Stripesy has a urinary tract issue that hasn’t responded to medication or diet, and Stripesy’s people have spent just about all they can on prescription and premium quality diets and various antibiotics, pain relievers, mild sedatives and other medications. They desperately want to find someone who can adopt him and carry on his treatment.

Stripesy was one of a litter of tiny kittens living outdoors as strays who apparently crows were attacking when a little girl found them. The kittens were rescued and the person who adopted Stripesy originally went for one of the other kittens, but ended up taking home Stripesy as well.

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Stripesy again.

He is otherwise a healthy four-year-old, neutered, up to date on his shots, and microchipped. His people will be glad to provide vet records and tell you all about him.

I know his people have worked hard on Stripesy, and that urinary issues can sometimes take a good bit of time and experimentation with diet and medications to get under control. I’d really love to help them find a home for Stripesy where someone can help a really nice, loving kitty have a good life. Please comment on this post or on Facebook if you think you can help Stripesy and I’ll put you in touch with his people.