Monday, July 17, 2017

Here's Who We're Helping

Once upon a time, five little kittens and their mama were discovered on a property in rural Pierce County.  The Community Cat Team members who found this family assessed the situation and determined the best solution for all.

Mama Cat, a young, black and white wild one, would be spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and ear-tipped, then returned to the home outside that she knew.  She would continue her life there -- not being a pet, NOT producing any more litters of kittens, taking shelter in outbuildings and being cared for by the humans that fed her and the other feral cats on the property.

There was another plan for her babies, who were weaned, 6 weeks old, hissy,  frightened, and had fleas, ear mites, runny eyes, and upper respiratory infections -- they would become foster kittens and wards of the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.  

Here is a photo that was taken shortly after they arrived at the shelter. 

In their foster home, they got healthier, learned to trust, then went on to find some amazing homes.  Now, they are all living good lives as indoor-only house cats with humans who adore them.  They are loving. They are loved. 

Thanks to our Community Cat program, mama cat, also known as Mrs. Fellows, is living the life that suits her best.  Her babies, Robin, Oakley, Maurice, Seymour, and Emmet, are doing the same. All are happy and healthy.   

Mama Fellows,  I think you would be quite proud of your boys. As their foster mom, I know I am.


Thank you, Community Cat Team, for seeing the potential in these kittens and giving them a chance. I know the whole IBKC community loved getting to know them and watching them blossom.

Thank you for recognizing that the life of a community cat is just as valuable as the life of an adoptable, social animal.  There are so many versions of what "happily ever after" can mean  --- thank you for thinking about what that definition might be for every cat or kitten you meet out there in the field. And thank you for making it happen.  

Thank you for ALL YOU DO to help the cats and kittens of Pierce County. It's hard and often heart-wrenching work, we know, but what a difference you are making.   

Today, all we raise goes to the Community Cat Program to help cats and kittens like the Fellows out. We have a $5000 matching donation challenge on the table and every dollar we give will be matched by our dear friend, Cynthia.

BUT WAIT, there's more!  IF we complete this match by 7:00 PM (PST) tonight, she will be donating an extra $5000 to the Community Cats Program! SO, we absolutely can not miss this match!  

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page.  

Thank you, Cynthia, for seeing the value in this program and choosing to support it. And thank you for giving so generously.  

Thank you, Everyone, who does the same!  


  1. Awwww, it's the Fellows! I do love happy endings...

  2. Laurie, you are quite the storyteller (as we already knew). :D

  3. Oh, my. I did not see that coming! Now I understand why those little fellows were so skittish. The Charlene Butterbean Finishing School for Kittens certainly worked well for this little family. Thank you, Laurie, for all you do. Thank you also to Craig, and of course Bean and Wylla.

  4. Mama Fellows is a lucky community cat! Her boys are fabulous!

  5. Oh, poor Oakley's eyes in that before photo. It's hard to believe he's the same handsome, healthy kitten as in the family photo below.



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