We understand that fostering is not for everyone, but there’s good news — you can still support City Kitties and help stray cats! Here are some specific projects as well as general ideas to get you started:
Individual donors have single-handedly supported City Kitties since our inception, and we have been the lucky recipients of many small creative fundraising efforts. Etsy business owners have offered a promotional month during which the business donates a portion of their profits to City Kitties. Supporters have hosted a brunch and passed around a donation jar (or asked for a suggested donation at the door). Others have pooled together with friends to create a group donation, or found people or organizations to match their donation. Ask your friends and family to donate to City Kitties instead of giving a gift.
Organize a Small Fundraiser
City Kitties has some creative young friends! Over the years, classes of young people have designed handmade cards to sell at holiday craft fairs to benefit City Kitties (a big hit), and others created cat-themed art to be sold at our Art Auction. We love seeing young people use their creative talents to help animals while learning more about homeless animals, and friends of City Kitties love getting the work of budding artists! Other young people have written letters of support for City Kitties, and classes worked together to collect items for our foster homes.
Get Your Kids Involved
Our foster homes do an amazing job of providing interim love and shelter for our rescues while we work to find permanent homes for them. Some items that are useful in helping our foster homes get ready to host their City Kitties house guests include:
- Cardboard cat scratchers
- Cat toys
- Lint rollers
- Litter Boxes
- Litter Box Liners
- Cat beds
- Cat perches
- Feline furniture
These and any other cat care items can be dropped off at the official City Kitties table in Clark Park, most Saturdays from 10 AM-1 PM (weather permitting-Spring/Summer/Fall only). Many of our cats and kittens have specific food and litter preferences so while we appreciate the offers of food and litter, we leave it up to the foster home to choose the right type of food and litter. If you would like to drop off brand new bags of high quality dry or wet food, please email us or stop by the table before dropping off. (We are currently all stocked-up, but check back to see when we are in need!
Support New Foster Homes
Don’t get us wrong, we love kittens – but sadly we hear about far too many unwanted litters of kittens. By nabbing that stray cat hanging out on your block and getting it spayed/neutered, you help reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens in your neighborhood. We can provide you with a humane trap link and instructions on how to use it. Other local organizations such as the new PAWS clinic provide low-cost veterinary services. lin
Trap and Spay/Neuter Porch Cats
Change starts with you–lend your support to city-wide efforts to advocate for animal welfare. Check out Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, link a group dedicated to systemic change for homeless animals in Philadelphia.
Get Involved in Philadelphia Animal Welfare Advocacy
We'd love to hear about it.