If you’ve been considering adopting or fostering a new furry friend this fall, this is your sign! Trash Cat Rescue is ready to match you with an amazing kitten or cat to keep you warm with all the cuddles.

Trash Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foster-based cat rescue based right here in Pittsburgh, and its mission can be summed up in three main areas: trap-neuter-release (a.k.a. TNR), fostering, and adoption. Thanks to their hard work, cats and kittens in the area are treated and released, cared for by foster families, and even adopted into loving forever homes!

If you’ve never heard of TNR, here’s how Trash Cat Rescue describes it: “TNR is the process of spaying or neutering, eartipping, and vaccinating a cat then returning it to its outdoor colony.” Why is this done? In short, it helps manages local populations of feral, somewhat-social, or even friendly outdoor cats and improves their quality of life.

However, many of the cats rescued by Trash Cat Rescue (which is, as you may have guessed, named after a cat rescued right out of a trash can!) are cared for by fosterers or adoptive families, and that’s where you can help.

What is fostering? For Trash Cat Rescue, which is 100% foster-based, rescued cats that are ready to be adopted need somewhere to stay and be cared for while they’re waiting to be adopted into their forever homes. Specialized attention and care may be needed in other instances, such as when kittens are too young to be adopted, are sick, or have behavioral issues (such as extreme shyness or hissing).

Medical care is provided for foster cats from Trash Cat Rescue, and food and litter supplies can also be given if needed thanks to donations from supporters of Trash Cat Rescue’s mission.

You can foster even if you have other pets or work a full-time job – the team at Trash Cat Rescue is happy to take your questions and provide answers if you want to learn more about how fostering kittens on the way to their permanent home can fit into your lifestyle, as long as your heart’s in it!

Of course, an adoption is also an option if you’re ready for a forever pet. You can browse adoptable pets on Trash Cat Rescue’s website (and you can also see who’s ready for adoption on their social media). When you feel like you’ve found the perfect furry friend, submit an application on the website and be patient while your information is reviewed; it’s serious business making sure a candidate is going to be a good pet parent.

Once you’ve been accepted, Trash Cat Rescue can set you up with a time to meet your pet-to-be, usually with its current foster fam. Then, if it’s a good fit, you can take your cat home!
Now’s a great time to reach out and make the leap if you’ve been thinking about adding a kitten or cat to your family, or if you’ve been looking for ways to help cats of the ‘Burgh by fostering rescues who’ve been taken in off the street. Ready to learn more or get involved? Reach out to Trash Cat Rescue on their website if you’re interested in becoming a foster or adoptive pet parent, or if you’d like to make a donation to support their efforts in rescuing and TNR’ing cats of the ‘Burgh this fall and winter!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Kaidia Pickels

Kaidia is a native Pittsburgher and a content writer for a local marketing agency. She loves to travel, try new dishes at local restaurants, and drop in to fitness class throughout the city. She's a die-hard Pens fan as well as an amateur baker and mixologist — sometimes combining both in one recipe!

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  1. A friend of mine tried to adopt and I would love to share with you how terrible the person has made it for him to adopt. I am trying to reach out to someone what may care. I would prefer a phone call, the problem in this world today, people do NOT know how to talk … my phone number is 724-859-8000

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