How City Kitties Works

SnaggletoothCity Kitties is a small collective of volunteers without any central office or facility. Volunteers rescue cats from the streets and shelters of Philadelphia, provide veterinary care, and find them happy new homes.  When a new stray comes into our care, our intake team notifies potential foster homes and the cats are taken to the Cat Doctor for immediate vet care — an exam, FeLV/FIV testing, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and parasite treatment. Once the cats receive a clean bill of health, we place them in one of our dedicated foster homes. We advertise our foster cats online and at outreach venues such as the Clark Park Farmers Market.  City Kitties also collaborates with Baltimore Pet Shoppe, displaying our adoptable kitties in the store window.

Those interested in adopting fill out an application, let us know which cats they are interested in and, once approved, meet the cats in their foster homes. Once an adopter falls in love with a cat, we arrange transportation, bring the foster cat to its forever home, and provide ongoing support as needed. City Kitties runs entirely on generous donations from West Philadelphia and beyond, and is further sustained through fundraising events including the Annual Art Auction.

City Kitties truly could not exist without its foster homes and community support. One of the easiest ways you can support City Kitties is to spread the word.  Whether you want to volunteer to hang up fliers in the neighborhood, or pass the word on to your friends, every little bit helps. Every cat adopted makes room for another cat to be rescued from the streets.

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