Summer 2008 Foster Kittens

January 25, 2007

Hi everybody. We are: Lilly, Oscar, Charlie, Romeo, Merrium and Bella and we are looking for loving homes. We’ll tell you some about each one of us and you can see our pictures too. Please note that all kittens must either be adopted in pairs, or adopted to a home that already has a kitty.

Lilly: My name is Lilly and I might be the sweetest, most cuddly cat you have ever met. I am the ultimate lap cat. I was probably someone’s pet from the time I was a baby kitten, and then they abandoned me. I was found roaming around a feral cat colony in Roxbury, very lonely and desperate for human care. Aside from cuddling and eating, I like to play with little balls and attack my step-brothers and sisters. I would like a home where my family has lots of love and attention to give to me. I am a Calico – mostly white with some orange and black mixed in, mostly on my tail! I am almost five months old.

Oscar: Like all my brothers and sisters, I was found running around Jamaica Plain wild as can be. However, I am was the first to become really cuddly and tame, mostly because our foster parents fed me these treats that I LOVED. I realized that if someone gives me such good treats, there is no reason to be scared. I like to play, lay in your lap, and purr as loudly as possible. (Oscar, below, loves to have his picture taken and to the right cuddles with his step-sister Lilly.)

Romeo (and Charlie, right): Me and my brother Charlie are still the most wild of this bunch, so we will either need a family with patience to do more socializing for us, or we will need to wait a few more weeks until we relax a little. We were wild when our foster-family got us and even with those yummy treats, we stay a bit nervous. However, when we are not fretting and being skittish, we love to cuddle with our step-sister Lilly and she will lick our ears for us which we really like. We also enjoy playing with the sparkling green ball, and sneaking cat treats when our foster parents are not looking. If you are patient with us and rub us a lot, we will purr, but we are still a little scared of people.

Romeo (below)


Merrium (and Bella): We are friendlier than our brothers Charlie and Romeo, but still a little more scared than our brother Oscar and step-sister Lilly. Merrium (that’s me) is an instant purring machine once you rub me and I also like my chin rubbed. I am a brown tabby. My sister Bella is a gray tabby, and she likes to be rubbed too, once you catch her! I am easy to catch if, say, you would like to feed me some TUNA. My number one favorite food. We would like to go to a loving home that will keep us forever, be very nice to us, and play with us and rub us a lot. Thank you. Our foster parents say we should be totally socialized in a week or two.

Bella (first)




Merrium (second)

Thanks for reading about us!

Adoption Info: We can only go to homes that are SURE they can keep us and provide vet care for our whole lives (it is so traumatic to be give up for adoption after having been street kittens!) and we need to go to indoor-only homes – safe and sound away from cars, other animals, and disease!

The adoption donation for each kitten is $125 which goes directly to our shelter to cover our expenses. At a great discount – the shelter loses money on every adoption! – our adoption donation includes spay/neuter (typically over $200 regular priced at a vet), distemper and rabies shots, deworming, earmite and flea treatment, and a check-up. There is a discount of $25 if you adopt two kitties.

VISITING US! If you would like to visit the crew of kittens, please email a little bit about yourself or your family. We will start seeing potential adoptive parents next Wednesday July 2. If you decide you would like to adopt one or two of us, the shelter requests that you fill out a simple adoption application where we check a vet reference and a personal reference to make sure that you will be a good home – it is hard to believe, but many people out there do not care well for their cats, and we want to make sure that the kitties go to a safe and loving home.

Update On The Abandoned Cats

January 23, 2007

A big big thank you to some very kind and generous folks who have contributed to the health care for the abandoned cats I wrote about a few posts ago. Abby is living with us and happy as can be, and I will pick up the four other cats tomorrow, and they will go to the vet on Thursday for a check-up and then on Sunday they will move into a very nice barn that is warm and where they will have all the food they could want (in fact, they could stand to go on a big of a diet – they are quite round, as you will see when I post pictures soon).

Dealing with their situation has led me to a lot of thinking on animals and how we should care for them. I feel prepared to have any of them euthanized if it is clear that he or she cannot enjoy a good quality of life – but if they are all healthy, I think they will have a very nice time as they live out their remaining years playing in the hay (they are staying in a hay barn) and eating and generally just hanging out. They will also get human interaction from the people who live in the house near the barn. I regret a little bit that they won’t be indoor/outdoor cats (as they were prior to their abandonment), but I still think they can be happy and enjoy life.

Thank you for all of those who have offered feedback and support – moral and financial!

Much peace,
Elizabeth (and Abby, J.R., Goldie, Calico, and Baby)

Abandoned Cats – Ethical Issues

January 22, 2007

A woman from my church left town rather quickly, for reasons I won’t go into, and left behind five cats. Since I have experience with cats and connections to shelters, I volunteered to help figure out what to do about the situation. They were scheduled to be euthanized last week, an understandable response by some people in the congregation wanting to help. I intervened, however, in order to see if there was another option since the cats could have some more years ahead of them.

The situation is that the cats are aged 5, 6, and three over the age of 10. The six year old is currently living with us, can be an indoor cat, and we’ll find her a permanent home. She is very friendly and the shelter we work with kindly paid for her health care.

I’ve struggled a lot about what to do with the others. At first, I thought that the kindest thing to do would be to euthanize them, given that they cannot be indoor cats and they are older. They’ve always lived outside, and are quite skiddish, although not wild. But, of course, after I saw them, and spoke with someone else who is involved in caring for them, it seemed perhaps easiest to euthanize them, but not really necessary.

It has raised issues for me about how much energy can/should be put into caring for abandoned animals, and what is a reasonable cost for health care for animals that are abandoned and older. Given that so many humans lack in basic needs, how much is justifiable to spend on non-human animals? But, this argument carried to its logical conclusion would mean that we would spend no money on animals because ALL the money spent on animals could be used to meet unmet human needs – food, health care, shelter.

I posted to the UFETA (Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and it sparked quite a debate about the best thing to do in such a situation – some claiming that the most compassionate thing to do is to euthanize them, and others insisting that just because an animal is older and abandoned doesn’t diminish the worth of his or her life and that I should take pains to make sure they are cared for. Many suggested getting in touch with shelters for help and funding, not realizing that every single shelter is overburdened with animals and underfunded. It isn’t like you can just call people up and – viola! – you get the resources you need. This has been a huge effort thus far and it isn’t like I can just dedicate days to caring for abandoned cats.

I’m still not sure it is the best answer, but someone from church volunteered their barn as a place where the kitties can live out their remaining years. Our shelter will provide a little insulated kitty hut and food for them. However, they all need check-ups to make sure they are not in pain or carrying disease. I don’t want people to feel at all pressured, but if you feel so inclined to help the little guys out, you can make a paypal donation to my paypal account (email elizabeth199 at gmail dot com if you want the paypal email). Although I can’t imagine getting more than what the cost is to get basic shots and check-ups for four cats, if that would happen, I would just donate the rest to the shelter we voluneer for.

I welcome feedback/wisdom on how to proceed with the kitties, and also thoughts on the broader ethical issue of how to use scarce resources of time and money. I know I could dedicate my whole life to caring for abandoned cats in just the Boston area – as many volunteers from our shelter do – and only make a dent. There seems to be such a black hole of need for time and resources for all causes. I suppose we can all just do all we can do…

Much peace, Elizabeth

For those who like cat pictures…

January 22, 2007

This is Abby (formally known as Friskey) who is the kitty that we are fostering. I tried to get her to smile, but since she only has one fang tooth left, she refused.

Still Available to Loving, Indoor Homes

November 9, 2006

Olivia and Phineas would like to go together and Theo and Emerson. Adoption fee applies – adoption through Second Chance Shelter in Jamaica Plain. (Note that when I imported my blog from Blogger to WordPress somehow the captions and pictures did not line up correctly and I don’t have the time/expertise to fix them.  Sorry about that.)

All the kittens together

Phineas after rolling in some catnip

Olivia the princess

Theo and Emerson taking a nap

Emerson Upclose

Phineas is sick :(

October 13, 2006

Our little foster kitten Phineas was sick when we got him – eye problems and his whiskers had fallen out and littler than his brothers and lethargic. We treated him with antibiotics and eye drops and his eye got a little better, but it is not all the way better and the situation is not looking good. He needs to see an cat ophthalmologist but even the diagnostics seem to be amazingly expensive and the shelter we foster Phineas through is running low on money. The doctor said that the worst case scenario is that he might have to have his eye removed, and it is questionable whether or not he can actually even see out of it, or if he will be able to in the future. Poor little guy. I was thinking about what to do about it, but it seems difficult to have a fundraiser or people donate money for ONE kitten, while lots of people go without essential healthcare. But he is just one of the sweetest cats ever. Ever. Say a little prayer for him…

By Popular Demand: Kittens

September 21, 2006

A loyal reader requested more pictures of our little foster kittens, so here they are. If you are in the Greater Boston area and want two very sweet kittens, we have six for you to choose from… They were all found on the streets in Boston and our shelter is currently quite overun with late-summer kittens thus the reason we have so many. And just the right timing, too, as school and work starts for both W. and I. But duty calls. They said that the little guys would have to be put back out on the street if we couldn’t take them because so many of the foster homes are full…. Now for introductions…..

(Note that when this blog was imported from Blogger to WordPress the picture captions and pictures didn’t/don’t line up correctly and I’m not sure how to fix it. Sorry about that.)

This is Olivia – Long haired and very very sweet.

These are the three brothers – Phineas, Emerson (as in Ralph Waldo Emerson), and Theo. Theo is also the one looking up at the camera. Phineas is by far the smallest and might be a little sick. He’ll go to the vet this week to find out why most of his whiskers have fallen out and why he is more tired than the others.

This is Emerson and Phineas hanging out on some nice freshly folded pants. Right before I took this, Emerson was cleaning Phineas like a good big brother.

This is Edgar – Olivia’s brother – sleeping next to his litter box after a long day of playing. They have a sister named Quinn, but she is not a fan of pictures. More to come soon after she relaxes a little bit.

Meet Ralph Waldo Emerson

September 12, 2006

This is him. He moved in with us yesterday with his brothers Theo and Finnius who are both black too. But Emerson, as we call him, is the biggest and scaredest and tries to be the most ferocious. More pictures to come. They were found as strays in Newton. The woman who we got them from portrayed them as wild monsters and we were afraid they were going to be bad biters, but they aren’t at all. Emerson scratches, but Finnius mostly shivers and looks scared and his two bigger brothers cuddle him and protect him. We got a little light that gives off heat and put it over a little kitten bed – that’s where they slept last night. Finnius may already have a potential home, but Theo and Emerson will go as a pair if you are thinking of adopting two beautiful black kittens. They will probably be ready in a few weeks. Finnius needs to to go the doctor – he has no eye whiskers and it looks like his face whiskers have fallen out and are growing back in. And one eye is not looking good. We hope he will be just fine, but not clear at this point….

Mira would like a home

July 4, 2006

I’m sorry for those of you who are not animal lovers or cat lovers, but this is another cat post. Mira is one of our foster kittens and we’re looking for a home for her (as well as for Max and Harriet – see post a few days ago). Please do feel free to pass these posts onto anyone in the Boston area that you think would be a good cat parent and might have interest. We have a long tradition of placing our foster kittens in homes of people we know and love to hear about them years later seeing how they grow up to be great companion animals. I should do a “Where are they now?” series for all 27 cats we’ve adopted out over the last 4 years. Anyway, Mira is sitting here and will dictate her ad to me – just a note for those of you that might ever need to find a home for a companion animals – ones written in the first person bring in far more responses. Okay, here’s Mira….

Hi there. My name is Mira and I’m a 20 week old kitten that is looking for a nice home. I am an all black girl with a few little white hairs on my chin. I have had sort of a hard life. I was found on the streets and then I had TWO foster homes prior to the one I am in now, which is my third. The first home didn’t really have much time to get to giving me attention and loving me, so I wasn’t learning how to trust people so I moved to another home. In my second foster home, there were 13 other foster cats and I was just too scared and nervous with all those cats running around. I like cat friends, but 13 was just too many! I needed individual, gentle, loving attention which I have finally gotten in my current home. I am looking for a permanent home where I can stay for the rest of my life! It is hard on a little kitten to move around so much. My interests involve cuddling, playing, eating, and taking naps. I would like to go to a home with another friendly cat because I think I would get lonely if I lived without any playmates. It takes me a little while to get used to people and cats, but once I relax, I like to purr and purr and cuddle and cuddle. I might be able to go to a home where I was the only cat if there is someone who is at home almost all of the time. If you think that you would like to adopt me, please email my foster mom and tell her about yourself and she will help set up a time for you to come and visit me. Thank you very much for reading my adoption ad. Sincerely, Mira the cat

Max and Harriet, the two sweetest kittens ever

July 1, 2006

We are Max and Harriet – brother and sister and we are looking for a permanent home together. Our foster parents say that we are the two sweetest foster kittens they have every had and really they would like to keep us but just don’t have enough room for us, but they want us to go to a very loving and nice home. We were originally with a not-very-nice family that called the shelter and gave us to the shelter. Boy, we were glad to get out of that house! If you come over, we can tell you the sad story. Now we are about 14 weeks old and very playful and we love to cuddle. We will be available for adoption on July 10. We are getting fixed and getting all our shots and tests on July 6. Did we mention that our foster parents adore us? They espeically like it because we cuddle them and do lots of cute things when we play and we are so friendly. If you think you can give us lots of love and a safe, long-term home, and you will take us together (we can’t be seperated! we are best friends), please email our foster mom. Our spay/neuter, tests and shots are included in the adoption fee which is $100 each ($200 for both of us). Even though it might seem like a lot, it is much less than the cost if we were to have all our tests and checkups and spay/neuter at the regular price at a vet. Please email our foster mom and her a little bit about yourself and she will be in touch about a time for you to visit us. Looking forward to hearing from you. From: Max and Harriet

Below: Harriet after a long day of playing, Harriet and Max playing and jumping the air, and the brother and sister resting together.