Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Foster Homes Needed!

Shayla, one of our gorgeous cats, is looking for a new foster home.
Chicago Cat Rescue is a foster-based rescue organization, which means we rely on compassionate members of our community to open their hearts and homes to foster cats and kittens in need. Chicago Cat Rescue does not have a facility or shelter space, so the number of cats we can rescue is dependent upon the number of foster homes we have. The more foster homes we have, the more cats we can save!  The quest to secure new, loving foster homes never ends.  On a daily basis, we receive emails and calls about cats in desperate situations.  Sometimes a cat's situation is so dire that we cannot wait until we secure a foster home to act.  Many of our foster parents have decided to foster because they are in a stage of their life where they LOVE cats, but are unable to commit to a feline in their family - such as grad students or temporary Chicago residents.  Quite often, when a foster parent's time is up in Chicago, it means their resident foster feline has to find a new place to call home.  Through no fault of their own, Hattie, Oliver, Patrick, May and Shayla are losing their foster homes at the end of April - which means Chicago Cat Rescue is in full-purrsuit to find them a new place to land!   We are thankful for the current foster parents of these five wonderful cats - but if we don't find new homes for these five soon, we will have to board them in cages at our vet clinic -- something no one wants! Update: May, Hattie and Patrick have been adopted! Congratulations to these lucky cats and their new families. We have several other cats- Domino, Rum Tum, and Phoebe, who are in need of foster homes.

Additionally, we recently pulled three very friendly cats from a feral and homeless cat colony. These three darling cats were far from feral and needed to come in from the cold, harsh streets. They are currently calling cages at our vet home, which is definitely better than life on the streets, but far from an ideal situation O'Malley, Orion and Sweet Pea are safe, warm and healthy but are anxious to begin their second chance at life in a warm, loving home.

Additionally we have FOUR moms with kittens who were also pulled off the streets. We simply couldn't leave these moms and their litters in the abandoned cars where they were living! Unfortunately this means we need even more foster homes. Even if you can only foster for a month or two, that can give us enough time to look for a longer term foster home for these kittens.


O'Malley is the perfect cat! Seriously. He is easy going, loves getting attention in the form of chin rubs and playtime. If you have considered adopting or fostering but have never had a cat, O'Malley is just the cat for you. A perfect cat who would make a great "first cat" for anyone. Did we mention he is also a heart throb? Everyone who meets O'Malley falls instantly in love with him.
Orion is a great boy with a loving heart. The first cat pulled from the colony, Orion is simply a doll. A strapping lad with nothing but love to give to everyone who comes his way. He would be happy to have a small bedroom, office or even a bathroom to stretch his legs in.

Sweet Pea was also pulled from the street. Sweet Pea is properly named, she is the sweetest, and is sure to be a wonderful mom. Won't you consider giving Sweet Pea






Fostering can be a great opportunity to help save a cats' life even if you can't adopt. Perhaps you are in Chicago temporarily (anywhere from a few months to a few years) and want a cat, but don't know what life will bring down the line. Fostering is a great way to bring a bit of kitty love into your life for that period! Or, perhaps you have been considering adopting a new cat but aren't sure your current cat will get along with a new friend. You can try a 'foster to adopt'!  There are so many benefits to fostering both for humans and the cats!  If you are interested in learning more, please contact cindy@chicagocatrescue.org / 773-203-0215.

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