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City Kitties (Philadelphia)


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City Kitties is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill cat rescue dedicated to saving and improving the lives of stray cats in the West Philadelphia area. City Kitties rescues strays from the streets, gives them proper veterinary care and a loving foster home, and adopts them out to happy new families. The organization is a no-kill rescue, meaning that we will never euthanize an adoptable or treatable animal. We do not euthanize animals to make space in our foster homes, and we do not euthanize animals for medical problems unless deemed humane and necessary by a veterinarian. We provide high-quality veterinary care to our foster cats and kittens and will never turn away a homeless animal due to illness or injury. We also assist with TNR (trap, neuter, return) of feral (wild) cats in the West Philadelphia area.

City Kitties is run entirely by volunteers, from our board of directors to our foster homes. We have no paid staff and rely on the generosity of our donors to continue our work.


Address:
P.O. Box 9461,
Philadelphia, PA 19139
Feral Cat TNR Program
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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Hello City Kitties! I need urgent help with 3 cats. I had to move and I have been taking care of these outside cats since March. There were a few more but they moved on. In April one cat had 5 kittens. I found the kittens fantastic homes with a lot of help and all 3 have been TNR. I had a kitte playpen for momma etc and all 3 cats are litter trained. The problem is that no one else will feed them. 2 other people are moving, 1 is allergic and there is a bunch of crap in front of the fence near the alley (cleaned several times) so I'd have trouble putting food in the gate (someone else offered, hard to reach). I still work somewhat close. I live in Grays Ferry. Momma, Daddy and Uncle-the boys run when feeding unless really hungry and Momma is "coming around" she lets me pet her but I can't let her in with my cats (tried introducing through door). Suggestions? I hate to say this but other colonies available? I know that's a hard one but I'd be able to provide a bag of food every 2 weeks. People take the animals in and then let them go in my neighborhood. I found homes for 6 other cats in addition to the kittens. I try my best. Please let me know. Thanks, Linda L 215-939-4080
posted by (empty name), on 2018-09-27 15:59:59
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My name is Carlos and I have six kittens that I have to get rid of I don't want to take them to a kill shelter I've called and I've looked around and I cannot keep the kittens for long maybe another week my number is 267 218-8717
posted by CarlosSanchez, on 2018-06-11 19:51:39
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II have a stray cat who had four kittens. I need to find them homes. can you help.
posted by TerryStone-Gordon, on 2013-09-30 17:53:56
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Im interested in a kitten. I actually just left acct but they didn't have any. What area are you located in ?
posted by JenniferLopez, on 2017-03-28 12:17:13
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I am going to be moving soon ihave 2 cats both rescues had since they were babies they are fix and go to litter box also excellent mousers they'll will love you. Please I don't have much
posted by ValerieScott, on 2017-01-13 12:23:30
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Hi I have three kitten that were in back yard ,I have four dog's and my youngest run off moma so I brought them in. My friend at work taken one , but need home for other two. There are kitty box train and eating dry food and some replacement milk with more water in to get them use of water. They a good kitten very small great in door. I've been trying even put them on my face book . One kitten is a female calico and other boy with all white and light brown patches. So I need help finding homes..... I would keep them But have four dog's two mastiff and two pit bull.Please let me know.Or a place. I live in little Britain/oxford 19363 my name is Pam ty
posted by PamelaRatliff, on 2015-05-24 02:42:09
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I have 2 loving adult cats I also took 2 kittens from a neighbor in my apt complex then a tenant that out left her cat behind now im feeding it through the hallway cause is does not get along with my cat sunshine im at my witts end the landlord says to let it out the front door witch I don't wanna do I need to find the cat a loving home whats a person to do? help any advice?
posted by MargaretGunning, on 2014-09-01 14:20:00
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I have a male cat that is staying out back my house And he is a love able cat and I hate to see him out there But I can not take him in I have a cat and two dogs ! He Is a house cat because you can pick him up and Pet him and he goes on my lap and lays down ! So sweet!!
posted by (empty name), on 2014-08-27 19:59:46
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I have a stray cat, that keeps getting into fights outside my house. He needs a good home. He is so lovable. I wish I could bring him in, but I have many cats already and they don't get along with him.
posted by StephanieSilva-Becnel, on 2014-07-30 15:24:25