Thelonious the Foster Cat

George has been volunteering at Fix Our Ferals, a local spay-neuter clinic, for several years now, and feeding feral cat colonies for nearly that long, but we hadn’t taken the next step – fostering cats waiting to be adopted. Finally, about a month ago George caught one of the cats that he feeds, brought her to be spayed, and decided that she was socialized and definitely adoptable.

Hermione foster cat

Foster situations range from doing it on your own up to formally volunteering with an established group. With Hermione we really lucked out – she was accepted into the adoption program at the San Francisco SPCAand was quickly adopted! Next, coming to the rescue of a friend who just couldn’t squeeze one more foster in (you know there’s a crazy cat lady tipping limit), we took in Buttercup.

Buttercup foster cat

A very affectionate little girl, Buttercup captured the heart of her new parents the very first time at a pet store adoption, and George settled her into her forever home last week. Right now we’re completely smitten with the sweetest 8-month old tabby with a kissable white streak on his nose, white stockings, and extra toes on his front feet (polydactyl).

Thelonious foster cat

We named him after Thelonious Monk, George’s favorite jazz pianist. He’s a super friendly cat who doesn’t stop purring.

Thelonious foster catInterested in learning how to help by fostering in the East Bay, or looking to adopt a dog or cat? Send me an email at heidirand [@] gmail and I’ll pass your question on to the experts.

Happy Black Cat Day

August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day, begun in 2011 by Wayne Morris to honor black cats and highlight their plight as the last to be adopted at many shelters. Some think that old superstitions linking black cats and bad luck may be one reason they’re difficult to place.

Beautiful Betty was our first black cat.

Betty cat

Betty and Dorian, our first son, were completely devoted to one another.

Dorian and Betty

And Daisy, our newest lovely daughter, is pure black.

Daisy and George

Part of a feral litter found in a truck, her multi-colored brothers and sisters were quickly adopted but no one was choosing Daisy – despite her loving, playful personality.

Daisy meets Woody

Daisy adores her brother Lars, and he has come to think she’s okay, though he always keeps an eye open to make sure she’s not about to pounce on him.

Daisy and Lars

Once in a while Daisy even stops playing long enough for me to get a posed shot.


Do you have a black cat or dog? If so, give them an extra treat and kiss today!