January 30th, 2011

Pets and Fires

A few weeks ago now I got home from Chicago to find my neighborhood ablaze.

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It was a three story apartment building and it covered all of west philadelphia in a black smoke that smelled like burning televisions. All the people got out but, standing there, watching it burn, and then all night sitting at home, smelling it burn, I couldn't do anything but think about pets trapped in apartments.

Rescuers, including City Kitties did everything the could -- they staked out the building, the enlisted the aid of firefighters, they set traps. Ultimately they recovered seven living cats from the ruins and two that had died. Inexplicably, two people never turned up to claim their cats -- after surving a fire that lasted two days, and thousands of gallons of water being poured through the windows in sub freezing weather, they got left, alone in the snow with nobody looking for them.

They're currently in foster care, but looking for a person.

City Kitties' West Philly Fire Lost and Found Cat Page.
Do you recognize this young lady?

What can you do?

You can Click here to donate to the victims (human) of the fire.

You can click here to donate to City Kitties general fund which goes to help stray cats all over west philly.

Most Importantly, if you're in the area, you can foster a cat or kitten. This is what City Kitties needs the most. They're at capacity and need people to volunteer their houses. City Kitties will pay for food, litter, and vet bills all you need to supply is the love. This is a great way to perpetually have a kitten in your house. Seriously. Kittens. All the time. It's also a great way to give love to an older cat who's been abandoned or who has lived on the street and never had a person.

If you have pets in your house and you're worried about what would happen in a fire keep enough carriers for all your pets by the door of your house and pre-arrange with friends or family where you could go in the event of an emergency. Also, you can get free window decals from the aspca here these will alert firefighters to look for pets in your house.

If that's not enough to motivate you -- this is a letter City Kitties got from Evan, who saved up his entire allowance for another year and donated it to help stray cats. Every single penny he owns. In honor of Evan I'm going to match his donation. It's tax deductible.

Foster a cat (or dog) if you can, donate if you can't but want to help, spread the word if you're able, open your door for something that's cold and friendless. Be a force for good. Thanks everybody.

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