This is the season when we make a special effort to take a moment to think about what we are thankful for. At People for Cats we are thankful for the many people who enable us to care for the needy and displaced cats. And our mission is only made possible with the help of numerous people who work at the shelter or support us in the community. Additionally, we continually hear stories about the love and joy a PFC cat has brought to a family, and we are thanked for all we do on behalf of cats.

PFC is thankful for all our volunteers, without whom we would not be able to rescue and care for cats. We are thankful for the adoption team and the foster families who care for mothers and kittens, cats with special needs who wouldn’t do well in the shelter, and for our senior cats who have lost their life-long companions to illness or death. We are thankful for the people who feed and clean up after the cats in the shelter and those who come in to socialize them for future adopters. Our appreciation goes to the people who answer the hotline phones and make follow-up calls; write the articles, ads and thank-you notes; the ones who feed feral cats and those who write grants; for our website and online contributors. We are thankful to those souls who organize and work on our fundraisers and to everyone who does any of the myriad tasks, much too numerous to list, that the organization requires to be a well-run and caring no-kill cat shelter.

We are also thankful for the wider community that supports our work. The people (especially the children!) who donate money they’ve raised, equipment and services. The publications which run our articles, run lost cat ads and help to publicize our work. The businesses who let us put donation cans on their counters and the customers who drop their spare change into them. The vets who keep our cats healthy, and so many more.

But most of all, we are thankful for everyone who has opened their hearts and their homes to a rescue animal. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Our cat of the week is a handsome, orange tabby domestic shorthaired male named Rudy. This fellow is a lively, 14-year-young senior who is in excellent health. He is a sweetheart who adores attention and readily rewards you with purrs and head-butts. He also has no trouble telling you he wants a bit more affection or maybe some food. Rudy came to PFC when his previous owner passed away. This guy is the total package in terms of a loving companion cat, but he does have a spunky side that comes out mostly at night, when he wants to get you up to feed him. Rudy would do best with a cat-savvy owner who will set limits for him and not give in to his demands. He also prefers to be the only pet in the household. We are looking for a “Thanksgiving angel” to either adopt Rudy or provide him with a long-term foster home. In a foster situation, you provide the home and TLC while PFC handles vet care and any special food or medications.

We also have two other kitties available for foster or adoption. One is a striking, 10-year-young, all-white domestic shorthaired female named Lucy. This pretty lady has blue eyes and is deaf. As a result of the deafness, she can be grouchy if you startle her. She is basically a sweet kitty who needs someone who is willing to work with a special needs cat and gain her trust. Lucy is also quite overweight and needs to lose a few pounds. The other kitty is Cookie, a 7-year-old lady who is mostly white with a few black blotches on her head. She is sweet, but painfully timid.

Cats available for adoption run the gamut in terms of color and temperament, but tend to be on the young side. Here are just a few of them: Brady is a debonair, 1-year-old, black-and-white tuxedo boy who is sweet and just a tad shy; Cherokee is a pretty, petite, 2-year-old brown tabby female who is friendly and would prefer to be an only pet; Stevia is a beautiful little 2½-year-old tortoiseshell who is super friendly and squeaks rather than meows; and Raven is a 2-year-young, spicy black enchantress who is looking for a cat-savvy owner who enjoys her independence. We also have a 4-year-old bonded pair named Ari and Tempi. Ari is a large black male who is still quite shy, while Tempi is a pretty, medium-size, mostly white female with a few dramatic gray tabby markings.

We have another stray who was found on Alderberry Lane in East Falmouth living under someone’s deck. It was hanging around for more than a week. The cat is large with long black hair, a brown undercoat and green eyes. We are assuming it is a male, but with all that fur it is hard to be positive. It is ever-so-friendly and talkative. The cat is not microchipped, but due to its friendliness and comfort with being handled, it must be a lost pet. A picture of the kitty is on our Facebook page. If you think this cat is yours, or if you have any information about it, please contact PFC as soon as possible.

Please be aware that PFC will not be open for adoptions Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving, but we will be open the following Saturday, November 30.

The PFC shelter is at 44 Beagle Lane, Teaticket. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

The shelter is open for adoptions and visitors Wednesdays from 4 to 6 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you need to get in touch with us when we are closed, call our hotline at 508-540-5654. Press #0 if you have cat-related issues, questions, are interested in volunteering or for additional information about People for Cats. Press #2 if you need financial assistance for veterinary care or spay/neuter assistance. Press #3 if you have a cat or kitten to surrender and be sure to leave your name, telephone number and a brief description of the cat. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.

Check us out on our website at www.peopleforcats.org, look for our available cats on Petfinder and like us on our Facebook page.

All for the love of cats…

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