Welcome to the homepage for our 2019 Cat Food Drive to benefit caretakers of feral cat colonies working with the organization, Homeless Cat Management Team. This organization addresses the overpopulation of cats by offering low/no cost veterinary care, the service for which they are best known – helping people trap, spay/neuter, and release.
HCMT also works with people who provide ongoing care (‘caretakers’) for colonies of feral cats, including those who have been released. The organization helps caretakers construct shelters, set up food and watering stations in all types of weather, and offers support when more complicated forms of veterinary attention is needed. These are the volunteers who crawl under houses, slosh through creeks, and show up to help a neighbor coping with a new-to-them feral kitty.
The folks at HCMT were instrumental in helping Laura and I trap our two formerly-feral adoptees, Maylee and Mamma Mia. We are showing our gratitude by organizing a cat food drive and specifically designating these donations to be given to caretakers who struggle to feed their colonies with limited resources. With kitten season nearly here, the need for food will be greatly increased.
This drive is pretty simple – we are asking for dry and canned food that HCMT folks will deliver to the caretakers who need help the most. We have lots of options for you to support this effort.
Who are we? We are cat ladies. All of us have cared for feral cats (and still do) and occasionally, adopted one into our home. We are Sue and Laura (you know us from this blog), our friend Ehrrin, and our sister-in-law, Candace. You’ll learn more about us and our cat stories as the drive unfolds. We all know firsthand that this work quickly can become costly. We want to do something to give back while raising awareness of the really good people who take care of these homeless animals, day in and day out.
Read about our adventures in fostering kittens via the Pittsburgh Cat Ladies posts.
This drive is also co-sponsored by CARMAA, Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals, a nonprofit that advocates for all homeless animals.
WHAT TO DONATE: these items have been identified by the HCMT team.
- Bags of dry food, preferably Purina in the blue bag or Meow Mix.
- Canned Friskies food.
- Cat treats
- If you want to donate another brand of food, please touch base with us first. Please no open or partially used bags.
- Other suggestions can be found on the Amazon Wishlist.
WHERE TO DONATE: we have two permanent drop-off locations that can accept your items 24/7
- Northside – Mr. Sign retail business along Western Avenue near the West End Bridge. You can leave food on the porch/garage area if they are closed. The address is 1316 Western Ave 15233. The owner is Joe Aiken so please be sure to thank him for his compassion for cats.
- Natrona Heights – leave donations on the porch at 41 Sycamore Street, Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
- Tarentum – HCMT clinic at 207 Allegheny Street, Tarentum, PA 15084. Volunteers are usually there between roughly 3 and 5pm daily, but that is not always a given so if no one is there, please do not leave your items unattended.
- Other suggestions
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE: we realize that purchasing and dropping off food may not be a good fit for everyone. Here are some other options you may want to utilize.
- Amazon Shopping List – you can order and have your items delivered to our drop-off spots. This list also includes the additional items HCMT can use.
- Crowdfund – we’ve set up a Crowdrise fund for your financial gifts. These donations will be used to buy food for the caretakers. Donations will go directly to Homeless Cat Management Team.
- Send a check (Feral cat food drive in the memo please) Homeless Cat Management Team P. O. Box 100203
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
- Organize your own mini-drive. Set up a drive at work, in your neighborhood, with your kids and their friends, etc. Let us know and we can arrange for someone to pick up your collected donations.