So, this may not be a popular post, but during kitten season all rescues and shelters struggle to keep up. We all do our best to help every cat possible, but at some point we have to say no, we are full. We cannot take in more kitties than our fosters or budget can handle. We just wanted to show 2 responses we received today when we had to turn someone away.
To a rescuer, who gives up everything to help cats, this is a cruel stab in the heart. It’s easy to see why the mental struggle is so high in our field. Imagine being told you are not doing enough, you are not good enough, several times a day, when all you do is try 24/7 to make a difference.
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Foster / adopter still needed! Please share 💞STILL LOOKING FOR A FOSTER HOME FOR SIMBA. PLEASE HELP HIM!!!
A month into looking for a new foster home for Simba with no leads, we need to start thinking outside the box...and we need all of your help! One of our volunteers recently tagged her vet clinic in one of our pleas, and we thought...what a great idea! Vet clinics are full of people who work with animals and love them, and people who love their animals so much to bring them there and give them care - perhaps these vet clinics will share Simba's need on social media and talk with their clients (or maybe one of their employees is a match. So we ask all of you in the Milwaukee Metro (Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Ozaukee counties), will you T-A-G your vet clinic below and ask for their help in spreading the word about our beloved Simba?
Simba's current foster family is moving to the other side of the state very soon. Milwaukee Pets Alive is entirely foster-home based (we do not have a physical shelter) and all of our animals live with people who have opened their hearts and homes to them while they await adoption, so we need to find a wonderful new foster home for Simba to stay in.
Simba enjoys a quiet, calm, laid-back peaceful home environment with humans that can be described as the same (he does not want to share a home with young children). He LOVES spending time with his people (he is with them from the moment they get home from work and on the weekends, on their laps for TV time, playing with them with interactive toys, and then through the night as they sleep) - so is looking for a person or persons who enjoy time at home and recognizes the greatness of cats, of course (and cherished their time with them)! Simba would not do well with people who are rarely home outside of work.
Simba ADORES the companionship of a feline friend (and is with said pal all day in his current foster home - playing, running around the house, taking a snooze) and needs the right match in his new foster home. This is why t^a^g^g^i^n^g vet clinics is such a good idea - kitties go to vet clinics, so maybe someone with the right kitty friend for Simba will see this! Simba is a little over 6 1/2 years old and has a zest for play. His ideal match will be similar in age (because he is so playful, if not the same age, a few years younger than him would be best), happy-go-lucky, easy-going, and always up for some play! Simba lives with such a kitty currently and they are best buds. However, Simba also currently lives with a dominant, grumpy, wants-things-on-his-terms kind of cat that does not appreciate Simba's enthusiasm and persistence to engage him in play (and Simba will try to engage any kitty in play - he wants to make sure no one misses out on the fun) which is tense for both Simba and the other cat (Simba's current foster family loves him so much and they said if it wasn't for their curmudgeonly resident cat, they would have adopted Simba themselves) so a cat with the latter personality would not be a match, nor would a senior, or a kitten (Simba is an adult). One resident kitty would be great (it's easiest to match personalities and needs with just 1) or two at most.
Change is hard on all animals and Simba has been trough a bunch. It's very important that his new foster home be a stable environment for him and be able to commit to him for as long as he needs until he is adopted.
Simba is stunning - don't you think? He is a long haired cat and his current fosters have done an outstanding job taking care of his coat and keeping it mat-free through daily brushing. His new foster would also need to be dedicated to this daily grooming routine.
Simba also cohabitates with a very respectful, calm, older dog who has no interest in cats at all (and does not try to bother them - as dogs should not). If a similar dog lived in his new foster home, that would be fine, but there must be a kitty friend - Simba's companion is one of his own species - not a dog.
Milwaukee Pets Alive provides all food, supplies, and veterinary care for the animals in our program.
Are we talking about you? Are you what Simba is looking for? If so, please do what we were put on this earth to do - help another in need. To be considered as a foster for our organization you must print, complete, and return our foster application which can be found here www.milwaukeepetsalive.org/foster. Please DO NOT type "I'll foster him" below. Not once in our existence has anyone that has written that actually done so (and can deter people who would actually help but think someone else has got it covered). If you have what Simba needs, follow the instructions outlined to be considered (the only thing that will lead to doing so). Show us, don't tell us.
Hopefully this post leads us to a whole new group of people who may not have known about MPA, or Simba, before! If we are not describing you in what Simba needs in his foster home, please help us reach more people than we have before - and hopefully the one that Simba is looking for. Please s(h(a(r(e this p-o-s-t, talk to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors about Simba, t*a^g someone below (tag-s only in the comm-ents section, please).
Milwaukee Pets Alive is entirely volunteer run. We all have full time jobs and other responsibilities outside of the work we do for the animals of our community. We cannot monitor social media 24 hours a day (and our social media volunteers simply do marketing - they don't have enough information about our animals to answer questions). If you have a question you really want an answer for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone in the know will get back to you as soon as possible.
This poor boy still needs a foster home! Can you help? If not please share share share!URGENT NEED FOR FOSTER HOME! PLEASE HELP SIMBA!!!
We have been pleading for a foster home for Simba for 1 month today. That in and of itself breaks our hearts. But Simba's foster family is moving this month - we have to find placement for him - and soon. And it has to be the right placement. Our animals live in foster homes where they are members of a family and we have the privilege of getting to know what they need and want. This construct also allows us to learn what our animals don't want. With this knowledge in hand, providing them anything different than that means we are not doing our jobs. When it's right, it's always easy. Always.
Two days ago we described what Simba needed in a foster home and we asked folks that if they were saying to themselves, "yes" to everything we were asking for for Simba, to please fill out a foster application. On the other side of the coin, when it's right, as we read through an application, we are also saying "yes" to everything that appears on that application. It's that simple when we have the right match.
We appreciate everyone that would help if they didn't have 7 resident animals and 3 little kids - we do - but it's not the right match for Simba. We are not helping him if we place him somewhere we know he won't do well, and we will not do that. So if you are not what we are describing Simba needs, you can still help! Please help us find the person or persons he needs.
Simba is a sweet soul, and thrives in a mellow, laid-back environment with people that can be described the same. He does not want to share his home with young children. His people are very important to him and when his foster parents arrive back home from work, he is ready to be a great helper-kitty and help them prepare the kitty dinners, then be by their sides for some TV time. He cannot wait until they pull out the wand toys for some interactive play (Simba is a skilled hunter of 'Da Bird). When it's time for bed, he'll be right by their sides (or legs...or feet!). Simba wants to spend time with his people - he would not do well in a home where his person or persons is never home.
Simba's foster family must be able to commit to him for as long as he needs (until he is adopted). He's been through a lot of change and really needs stability. With this face, that should be easy to do.
This photo of Simba always reminds us of the Cowardly Lion - but his story reflects anything but coward. The Courageous Lion is more accurate. He does have a lion's mane and long fur that needs daily brushing - very important so he doesn't develop painful mats. His foster parent(s) must be committed to daily brushing/grooming.
Besides hanging out with his humans, he loves the company of a cat friend! We have many cats in our program who want or need to be the only animal or cat in the home - Simba is not one of them. We have a kitty in Simba who loves a feline companion and we will meet those needs for him as we do the needs of all the other animals in our program. Personality is important in making matches (for any being) and Simba wants an energetic, go-with-the-flow, ready-to-play, non-dominant cat pal to play, run, wrestle, lounge, and nap with. Simba is a little more than 6 1/2 years old so a kitty similar in age will help match energy expenditure (a few years younger would be fine, too as Simba has a zest for play). A senior cat or kitten would not be appropriate. We're looking for a home with one cat, possibly 2 if they both have the personality described above.
Simba currently shares his home harmoniously with a respectful, non-interested senior dog. If your home also has a chill dog (not a whole pack of dogs) in addition to a cat - Simba enjoys the company of another cat and that is what he wants and needs - he should be fine.
All vet care, food, and supplies are provided by Milwaukee Pets Alive for the animals in our program.
If you're saying, "That's me! I'm who Simba needs!" the obvious thing to do is to help. The only way to be considered as a foster is to complete and return our foster application which you can find here www.milwaukeepetsalive.org/foster.
If you are reading and we are not describing you, please help us find the person who we are! We don't know them, and they haven't come forward. We absolutely need your help. Simba needs your help. Please don't tucker out on sharing these pleas. We are growing weary too - it shouldn't take so long. We are asking for nothing out of the ordinary for Simba. Help us find that right match that is easy, or, T-A-G that individual below. (T^a^g*s) only in the comments section, please (all else left below will be removed to keep things focused on what will help).
If you have questions, please help our volunteers out. We are an entirely volunteer run organization and all have full time jobs and other responsibilities. Our instructions are in place for efficiency. Our social media volunteers don't have answers about our animals for you so if you want a question answered, you must email them to email@example.com to reach a volunteer that can.
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Poor Simba is in desperate need of a foster home! Could it be you? Apply to be his foster or forever today!IMPORTANT!!! NEW FOSTER NEEDED FOR SIMBA IMMEDIATELY!
Please read this thoroughly.
We have been pleading for a new foster home for Simba for almost a month. Simba's current foster family is moving across the state THIS MONTH and we have NO leads. Everyone can do one of three things to help:
1.) Please, if you and your home are what we describe as what Simba needs, fill out and return a foster application www.milwaukeepetsalive.org/foster. Don't sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to step up and help...as you can see, they are doing the same thing. We know this because whenever we need help with a foster placement, the same thing happens, and the type of home Simba needs shouldn't be this hard to find. It's extremely painful and stressful to our small organization to have to plead for help for a month or more...especially when the fact exists that an animal will be without a home soon. It's also hard to swallow, in general, that asking for help goes unanswered for so long. What a beautiful world it would be when needs take priority. A need is seen, and its answered. YOU can create that world. If we are talking about you, step forward to help.
A foster application must be received by us to be considered. DO NOT TYPE "I'll help" in the comments section - it doesn't help and it actually hurts because no one that does that ever follows through with an actual foster application and it deters someone who would do so but thinks, falsely, that someone is going to help. Therefore, we will remove any comments of the sort, but please don't take our volunteers valuable time to do so - just don't do it. If you are who Simba needs, follow the instructions we have laid out to help him.
2.) We go into great detail about Simba needs in each post so whoever sees it knows exactly what that is, yet, we don't think its being read because the applicants and inquiries we have received have not been a fit to what we are describing. First, please take the time to read the posts we put time into creating to see if you are a fit. If you still have a question after doing so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before you complete a foster application.
3.) You are not what we are describing, but you really want to help MPA and Simba so you s-h*a*r-e this post on your page or a page you know that has a lot of animal lovers on it, or you t/a/g someone you know in the comments section that is who we describe. Or, share on another social media forum. We have found the majority of our foster families through networking, so please help us do that - EVERYONE can do that!
So what does Simba need? Take a look:
Simba is a sweet, gentle soul and is looking for humans who are the same. He enjoys spending time with his people so a home where the humans aren't around much would not be the right fit. Simba can be seen lounging in his foster parents laps at the end of the work day, sleeping in bed with them at night, and hanging out and playing wand toys on the weekend. He does not want to share his home with young children. A peaceful and calm home environment is what Simba thrives in and is essential.
Simba has been through a lot and needs stability so he needs a foster family that will commit to him until he is adopted. He also needs humans dedicated to the daily grooming/brushing needs required when you have a long-haired cat.
Simba is a social kitty and not the type to want to be alone, so when his humans are at work, he is with the resident kitties in his foster home. He adores the companionship they provide him and also loves to play! Simba is 6 1/2 years old and is a very ambitious play-er so needs the right personality in a feline friend to be a good match. A non-dominant cat similar in age (or a few years younger) who is outgoing, playful, energetic, and always up for having fun are the qualities that are best suited to a companion for Simba. Right now, Simba also shares his home with a very independent cat, who is reserved and likes things his way. Simba thinks playing is so exciting and is very enthused about it...and just wants this other kitty to not miss out on all the fun, but this "grumpier" cat does not appreciate Simba's enthusiasm - which can be tense for both Simba and the other cat, so if you have a cat of this nature, or a senior, it would not be a good pairing.
Animals are as unique and individual as you and I. Cats are not all the same - which is whey we are going to great lengths to describe Simba's personality and the right feline companion for him. When there are large numbers of cats/animals in a foster home it can really make living harmoniously difficult because of the various personalities so the foster homes that work best for us have 1, or at most, 2 resident cats in them.
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Many of the declawed cats that are surrendered to our shelters at Associated Humane Societies are turned in for these very reasons. Little do their owners know that what they are giving their cat up for could have been prevented had they just purchased a scratching post, kept their cat's nails trimmed, and put a little effort into proper cat ownership.
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Please consider donating or volunteering with FCS to help us help more cats in need like Shadow!
If you live in an area that has ferals / strays please please please build one or more of these for them! They do not cost much and do not take a ton of time to assemble.
If you are not able to / see an animal in need outside please, if you are able, get them inside and contact MADACC as we work with them, FCS or any other local rescue. If you have any questions please comment below!
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Please don’t pass by an animal in need. It’s hard, it’s sad, it’s challenging, but it’s worth it.
For cats sake is entirely volunteer run, working full time jobs while juggling a rescue that has no “clock out” time. We rely and depend on donations from you, our supporters! Please consider making a donation today to help us help more of these desperate animals in need.