Cat Bleg: Foster Home Needed, Reading PA Area

From commentor Mike S:

I have a friend at work who has just told me a sad story. Her car was burned by an arsonist a few days ago and the flames/smoke also damaged her apartment. She and her daughter were lucky to get out safely. The fire escape was where the fire was!

They are officially displaced. She has gotten a new car and can get to work, and a temporary apartment. But her biggest problem is finding a temporary home for her two cats. They are older cats (10 year old and 14 years old, who has typical old cat problems) and she probably won’t be able to keep both of them in her temporary apartment. Until she moves back to her old apartment or finds a new one, she need a home for them. We are trying local options but suggestions are welcome.

She lives in Reading,PA. If anyone knows someone in eastern PA or nearby who might be able to help with a two month fostering, please let me know.

p.s. I can’t help out because my 14.5 year old dog would freak out if I brought home a cat.

Leave a comment, or email me at annelaurie (at) verizon (dot) net, and I’ll forward you message to Mike.

15 replies
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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Mike S,

    Contact Furry Friends Network. They operate in Central PA and I’ve done both of my adoptions (since 2011) through them. If I was still in South Central PA, I’d offer to foster for a bit, but I left the area in 2014.

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    jenn says:

    Good luck, Mike! And best wishes to your friends.

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    MomSense says:

    Sending my best to the family.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Who the hell sets someone’s car on fire and starts a fire on the fire escape?

    I am officially blaming my daily “what the fuck is wrong with these people?” for any anger score I got on M4’s grid.

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    MikeS says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Thanks Adam, I will look them up.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    She should also check with her insurance company and see if boarding the cats would be covered under either her renters insurance or car insurance. A temporary foster home would be better, but a cats-only boarding facility might do in a pinch if insurance covers it.

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    Jeffro says:

    OT but look who just dropped a list of “Lies Trump Better Not Try on Monday Night“?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @MikeS: I’ve reached out to the family that fostered my dogs. If I don’t hear back by tomorrow, I’ll get ahold of the head of the organization.

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    piratedan says:

    @Jeffro: yeah, someone put that in Lester’s e-mail and give him a hard copy

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    smintheus says:

    Forgotten Felines in the Lehigh Valley (about an hour from Reading) can take in cats long term. Worth a try if all the options nearer to home fail.

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    MikeS says:

    @smintheus: Thanks for the info!

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    smintheus says:

    @MikeS: They’re good to their cats. My wife volunteered there for years.

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    RSR says:

    Please update on their situation as it develops. We’re down in Philly, very cat friendly, and have no pets in residence at this time.

    best contact for me is via twitter @ryanroat – but you can also gmail me at that as well

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    lurker dean says:

    i’m in philly too but can’t really foster since we already have 3 very territorial cats. but if some cat crates are needed for transport, i have a couple available to borrow.

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    John Hoerath says:

    I’m interested in fosting 1 out of the two cats so at my email

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