Cats In Need of Foster Care

Thank you so much for fostering and saving a life!

Our cats and kittens most urgently in need of foster are listed below. If you are new to fostering with us, please apply here to get started. If you’ve fostered with us before, you can call each location directly at the phone numbers listed below. When you arrive to meet or pick up potential fosters, please bring a carrier with you (if you do not have a carrier, let us know). We will provide you with a sample of what the cat has been eating here in the shelter, along with the cat’s paperwork and any meds they may be on.

For a refresher on PAWS’s foster policies and procedures, view our online orientation.

Every time an animal leaves into foster care, it opens a space in our shelters to save another in need. You are truly changing lives: not just for these cats, but also for others whose lives depend on a spot at PAWS. Read on to find your next foster kitty!

(updated April 11th, 2024)


Urgent Medical & Behavior Cats

These cats need to finish their medical recovery to become healthy enough for adoption. They will heal faster and be much happier in a home than in the shelter. 

Name: FeLVis Presley *URGENT Long-term Resident, FeLV+*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 2/29/24

  • Hunka hunka FeLVis Presley is around 10ish years old, give or take, and has the Old Man Mouth to prove it! He was someone’s porch cat since last summer, and they’d been feeding him for around a year before bringing him in as a sick stray. Turns out, FeLVis is FeLV+, and he also had a bad case of stomatitis at the time of arrival. He had full-mouth extractions on 3/15 and has been healing well, albeit gradually and he will likely need to be on a low dose of a steroid long term to help with ongoing gum inflammation. He’s feeling much better on this treatment! We’d love to get him into foster care asap since he runs the risk of falling ill back at our clinic.
Name: Señor *URGENT*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 3/7/24

  • Poor sweetie Señor could really use foster care to help him feel better! He’s around 4ish years old, already neutered, and just received an entropion repair surgery in late March! This surgery corrects the position of his eyelids, since prior to surgery his eyelids rolled inward, causing painful irritation to his eyes. He is now ready to rock and roll into foster care! Since Señor eyes were in such rough shape prior to surgery, there is lingering infection that we are treating with a longer course of eye drops and an oral liquid antibiotic for 28 days total, starting 4/4. He’s also getting some nice Gabapentin in his food for the first couple weeks, to help ease any lingering facial soreness. He doesn’t let any of this medical boo-bah slow him down, though! Señor is a total sweetheart who loves mouse toys and being doted on like the big baby boy he is.
Name: Eris *URGENT*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 3/17/24

  • Poor Eris! She’s been through so much, and really deserves a nice upgrade in her living situation by moving into foster care! She came to us with severe dental disease that was negatively impacting her quality of life, but thankfully we were able to squeeze her in for a dental procedure on 3/22– now she has no teefs left! She also kicked a persistent kitty cold and some oral ulcers- such a little champ! ♥
  • Eris is also terrified at our shelter. She’s a little flighty and hidey (so her world should definitely be small to start, when she moves into foster care), but to be fair she’s been poked and prodded a lot since arrival, and the shelter is pretty scary for a tiny cat like her! She’s starting to warm up a lot more and is super sweet when she feels safe. She loves full body pets!
Name: Skipper *FeLV+, URGENT*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/6/24

  • Skipper’s a lovely senior gentleman whose mouth is feeling pretty crummy right now! His mouth’s condition is also compounded by the fact that he’s FeLV+, so he’s extra extra urgently in need of foster! He’s also in need of a dental procedure, and we have him scheduled for 4/12! In the meantime, to keep his mouth comfy we have him on a couple really nice pain meds and some squishy food that’s easier to chew! He would love to be doted on (and recover post-surgery) in foster care! Skipper is around 10ish years old and already neutered.
Name: Quinn
Date of Arrival: pending- we need to line up a foster first!

  • Quinn is being returned to PAWS due to not getting along with another cat in the home- she’d prefer to be the only star on your stage! She’s fantastic with her people, though. She is a bit on the chunky side, so will need strict diet (and ideally some exercise!) to help keep her weight from going up too high again. Quinn would love a calm, quiet home where she can be the only pet. She has done well around older kids, tweens and up. Her hobbies include chasing sunbeams, showing off her excellent belly, enjoying a good sip at her water fountain, and supervising you while you cook and work from home! Quinn’s adopter is moving in June so we are hoping to find a foster home before June to take in Quinn until she is adopted. She hasn’t done so recently, but has a history of overgrooming when super stressed out- so the adoption center historically isn’t a fantastic spot for her.
Name: Mickey the Moose 
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 3/19/24

  • Look at those gorgeous green eyes!! Mickey is around 11 years young, already neutered, and just had dental surgery on 4/5 to help ensure this senior guy is in tip top shape. Mickey is incredibly sweet and would really LOVE to recover from dental surgery in foster care. Mickey also has stage 2 Kidney Disease so he has started a special prescription diet that we can provide to foster parents.
Name: Pepé
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/9/24

  • This Sweet boy is currently being treated for a URI and will also need to get a dental ASAP once we can get him on the schedule. He would love to recover in a home and get all the chin scratches.
Name: Garfield
Date of Arrival: pending- we need to line up a foster first!

  • Garfield’s family brought him in from the mean streets before last winter, since they felt bad leaving him out in the cold. He’s been their resident kitty since then, but unfortunately a recent episode of bad health for one of his owners now has his family leaving for their home country very soon, so they’ve reached out to us at PAWS for help with finding Garfield a new home. He’s definitely a “been around the block” kind of guy- independent but loves playtime, when he’s not being a total couch potato. And he likes sunning himself. And eating. But no shenanigans- we’re not here for super-cuddles, buddy. He’s more of a ‘roommate’ cat that will come say hello when he feels so inclined, so he’d be great for a foster who wants to avoid a super needy young’in! Garfield would prefer a home without tiny kids, and we’re not sure how he feels about dogs or cats! If you’ve got a calm, quiet space, let us know if you can take Garfield! We need to  line up a foster home for him before his arrival at PAWS, so his intake has not yet been scheduled.
  • Check out Garfield in action- he loves wand toys!
Name: Mr. Milo
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 3/19/24

  • Fluffy boy Mr. Milo was returned to PAWS because his owner was traveling (to where, we don’t know) but upon arrival we noticed his mouth is really rough! Upon arrival we discovered he was afflicted with stomatitis, a painful autoimmune condition that causes lots of inflammation in the mouth. Mr. Milo had all of his remaining teeth extracted during his dental surgery on 4/5. He also had some matting so the medical team shaved him while he was sedated. He feels so much better and we can’t wait to see his beautiful coat grow back in. He’d really love to recover in foster care! He’s around 8 years old and already neutered. He would benefit from a dental recheck at least two weeks out to check for any lingering inflammation to his gums.
Name: Volleyball
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/7/24

  • Volleyball is a handsome little hunk around 2-3 years old who came to us with a wound of unknown origin. He was injured in late March, but his finder unfortunately isn’t sure what caused the wound, so per Health Dept recommendations he should be the only animal in his foster space until ~7/24/24. We also plan to combo test him for FIV/FeLV around 6/1/24, if he’s not adopted out by then! For now, we’re helping Volleyball to heal his wound via pain medication and an oral liquid antibiotic for a week to start, then we plan to recheck him! He’s also got a little ear infection, for which he’s taking ear drops. Since he seems a little sensitive around the base of his tail, we also plan to get some xrays done during his neuter, to make sure there’s no internal injury, swelling, etc. that could be causing his discomfort beyond what we can see externally.
Name: Electra
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/7/24

  • Electra’s secretly a sweetie, but she’s feeling a little demure at our shelter clinic right now. She had a bad past case of ear mites and subsequent ear infection. The mites are gone now but the infection remains, so we have her on some ear drops for a week and then we intend to recheck her! Once she’s feeling better she can be spayed and start adoption promo. She’s approximately 4-5 years old.
Name: Sunny Bunny
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/3/24

  • Miss Sunny Bunny is understandably confused and stressed after being abandoned in the lobby of our Grant Ave location. We don’t know her history other than she’s 9 years old and spayed. In true dilute calico form, she is both super sweet and also conflicted by shelter life. She’d much rather be treated like the pretty princess she is in a cozy home in foster care.
  • Sunny will likely be sedated for a dental check, blood work, and dental surgery as soon as we have capacity, but she can head into foster care at any time and we can schedule an appointment for these things!


Cats/Kittens in Need of Foster Transfer or Sitter

These kitties are already in foster but could really use a new foster home, to avoid having to come back to the shelter!

Name: Petey *Needs foster transfer by 5/1*

  • Petey needs transfer asap, ideally by the end of April! He’s around 2ish years old and already neutered, but is still a little too shy for adoption promo. (He’s a marathon guy, not a sprinter! Take Petey for transfer if you’re not in a rush to get him adopted out.) Petey came from a home with many cats, so he could likely benefit from a foster home with another calm and friendly “Mentor Kitty” to help him come out of his shell! He has always been a little shy, and is very careful about his movements, but if you’ve got a spare room (like an office or guest bathroom) that’s low-traffic and quiet, he could do well in such a space. If you work from home, Petey would love to be your chill office buddy- he’s like a little shadow, coexisting in the space but not needy for all your attention. Petey takes Gabapentin for his anxiety, and he’ll needs lots of calm, quiet, positive reinforcement to help build his confidence.
Name: Steely Daniel *Needs foster transfer by 5/1*

  • Steely Daniel is such a little hunk! He’s already neutered, around 10 years young, and is posted for adoption already! He’s been living it up in foster care and recently got over a bout of upset stomach back in March, but his foster’s current school semester will be wrapping up soon and afterward they will be leaving Philly and won’t be able to hang onto Dan anymore! We’d like to find him a foster transfer asap before May 1st, so he doesn’t have to go back to the stressful adoption center.
Name: Consuela *Needs foster transfer by 5/1*

  • Consuela is an interesting medical case- she has mystery itchiness and allergies! The cause? TBD! We have had her on several different kinds of antihistamines, steroids, and off/on Gabapentin in case there’s a stress component to her itchies, but all to no major avail. Right now we’re starting Consuela on a special-order hypoallergenic diet that PAWS can provide; her foster just needs to keep her strictly on this diet and in her e-collar until directed otherwise. This special diet change is also to try and address her soft stool and frequently upset stomach, which may be a result of potential food allergies as well. Since she’s feeling so sensitive overall, we’d recommend a home without tiny human kiddos, so we can minimize any extra stress from external sources!
  • She will need a diligent and patient foster who is comfortable with a funky medical case to help take care of her! She gets strict monthly flea preventative, is up to date on her vaccines and already spayed, and surprisingly young, considering how odd her health has been- she’s only 1-2 years old! And this all said, Consuela is still a pretty chipper gal. She likes attention, has a great appetite and uses her litterbox well, and loves to play! She also sometimes plays with another foster kitten in the home and was combo tested negative for FIV/FeLV earlier this year!
Name: Chloe *Needs foster transfer by 5/7*

  • Fluffy Chloe is looking for the perfect retirement window seat! She’s around 10ish years old, already spayed, and has started adoption promo! She’s come a long way: in foster care she has recovered from dental surgery, is gaining weight after arriving super skinny, and her coat is now super soft, compared to how scraggly it was at fist. Her ten is the new five! Chloe acts half her age and tends to alternate between gluing herself to your lap and wanting to play- wand toys are her current favorite. She will greet you at the door after you’ve been gone, and she also has a fabulous purr that she turns on and off with ease. Otherwise she’s a pretty quiet gal!
  • Chloe has been through a lot so can be wary of fast movements and too much handling if it isn’t on her terms. She’s looking for a patient foster without kids or other pets, and who will give her space and time to adjust to her new digs, as well as someone who will not take it personally if she shows the occasional Opinionated Grandma sass. Her foster will have a lot of travel coming up soon, so she needs a new foster home by 5/7/24!

Name: Tom *DIABETIC! Needs a sitter from 5/17-25*

  • Our sweetheart senior foster cat Tom needs a temp foster/sitter from May 17-25th!! Want to help a diabetic kitty in need, but don’t have the capacity to help longer term? Then how about cat-sitting Tom for 9 days?!
  • Tom is around 11 years young, already neutered and posted for adoption. In case he’s not adopted by March, his foster will need coverage for the dates they are away, since none of our PAWS locations is open long enough to give Tom his twice-daily insulin pokes! They are given 12 hours apart, with some wiggle room (+/- about 2 hours) if there’s a day you’re running home late from work, for example!

Kitten Litters (Including Nursing Moms)

These young kittens need a foster home until all are ready for adoption. Some have come in with a nursing momma! 

Ringworm Cats and Kittens

These cats are recovering from a skin infection that’s easily treatable in an isolated home environment. Caring for these kitties is easy and just takes careful persistence and a separate space in your home. Read out our foster parent guide to ringworm to learn more!


Please check back later!

Cats Needing Socialization (and Safety Net Program cats)

These cats are very sensitive to the stress caused by the loud shelter environment and need a loving home setting to relax and let their personalities emerge. 

Name: Ashton *Safety Net Candidate*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/3/24

  • This super handsome, super friendly, low key guy is looking for a place to crash while his owner is sleeping on a friends sofa, working hard to find a new home where they can be reunited! Ashton’s around 4 years old and been with his owner his whole life and we’d love your helping keep it that way. They describe him as friendly, low energy, independent, playful, and a little shy. It sounds like he doesn’t like other cats, so it would be great to find him a place with no other cats for the next ~3 months. His reclaim date is tentatively 7/7. He has done well with children and with visitors.
  • Ashton’s owner gave us his routine feeding instructions so it would be great to keep that consistent for him: Hills/Fancy Feast, 1/2 cup dry/1 can of wet and we can help provide this!
  • Read more about Safety Net fostering here.
Name: Milo Thatch
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/8/24

  • Milo Thatch is not on the hunt for Atlantis this time, but a new home! He was returned from his home for being just a liiiiittle too rude toward a more passive, young cat there, BUT he did get along with the other more confident kitties in the home. Milo is around 6ish years old, already neutered, and he’s really shut down at our clinic! We’d like to get him back into a home environment so he can decompress

Old City Adoption Center

These cats are waiting for foster care from our Old City location!

Name: Jagger & Mickey 
Location: Old City Adoption Center
Date of Arrival: 3/27/24

  • Meet our sad boys, Mickey and Jagger! They’re two hunka-hunks of burning love- except they’re terrified, so they don’t feel very lovey dovey right now. They just want to hide their faces wherever they can.
  • If you think Jagger looks a little overweight, you are very correct: he clocked in at a whopping 30lbs!!! He needs to urgently lose weight! Once he’s looking (and *feeling*) a little more svelte, we would like to give him a dental cleaning. In case of mouth pain, and also to help his shelter stress levels, we have started Jagger on gabapentin.
  • Mickey has lucked out a little more with his weight. He is also chunky but weighs 15 pounds. He needs to also get a-movin’, though, because his lack of exercise means his motility isn’t fantastic. We have him on Miralax so he doesn’t keep getting constipated like he was in his previous home. More movement= better poops, and better weight loss = even better ability to move!
Name: Kitty Foreman
Location: Old City Adoption Center
Date of Arrival: 3/21/24

  • Kitty is around 13 years old and spayed! She’s ready for adoption on paper…but emotionally, she could still use the help of a foster to come back out of her shell! Kitty was left behind after her family moved away, and her finder wasn’t able to keep her due to having their own cats whom kitty wasn’t a fan of. She’s described as friendly, independent, and affectionate in the home, and her favorite things are catnip, treats, stuffed toys and string toys, and the laser pointer. Kitty’s on some gabapentin to help alleviate some of her shelter stress/anxiety. 
  • Update 4/4: Kitty’s on a cold watch since she started sneezing and sounding congested this week. We’re hopeful that she’ll fight this on her own, but she may require oral antibiotics soon.
Name: Jabba the Pizza Hutt *URGENT*
Location: Old City Adoption Center
Date of Arrival: 2/20/2024

  • This sweet boy has been through the ringer and we are so excited for his glow-up! Jabba has been feeling better, especially compared to when he first arrived, but he still has a bit farther to go. He’s currently at our clinic, but we’d love to find him a foster home so he can get the TLC and pampering that he so deserves! He’s a very sweet, low key kinda guy with the BEST meow, but he doesn’t love being a small kennel and can get a overstimulated easily when he gets too much attention too quickly. He would love more space to stretch his legs!
  • Jabba had a wound on his face that has nicely healed p while in our care! He also recently had a dental procedure on 3/29, and is on some nice pain meds post-op. Jabba also has “pillow foot”- an autoimmune condition that causes swelling of the paw pads in a cat. His condition is controlled by taking oral liquid Doxycycline once daily indefinitely. He’s is around 7 years old and is already neutered.
  • Check him out here!
Name: Pandora & Juniper
Location: Old City Adoption Center
Date of Arrival: 4/3/24

  • Pandora & Juniper were recently returned after being adopted back in 2019 as kittens due to no fault of their own. They are almost 5 years old and already spayed. These lovely ladies are ready for a fresh start. Pandora is a little overwhelmed by shelter life and Juniper is just begging for attention! Pandora is currently on Gabapentin to help with her stress and she does warm up for pets. They’re both on the thin side and we’d love a foster parents help to get them back to a healthy weight. They would love to head back into a home where they can decompress.
  • Their owner told us that both girls are friendly, playful, higher energy, and have been gentle with kids. Overall they’re really handleable and friendly at home.
Name: Mewtallica
Location: Old City Adoption Center
Date of Arrival: 3/6/24

  • Mewtallica has been at the adoption center for over a month looking to find a home, so we’d love to give her a change or scenery in a foster home until an adopter shows up! She was found stray with a piece of metal stuck in/through her mouth, but has since recovered from that and just stays on an all wet food diet (we also took some teefers). Mewtallica is super sweet and social, but will also not shy away from making corrections when she is done with you, so ideally a home with older kids due to that overstimulated habit (she just gives a quick swat with her paw and then goes about her own business)
Name: Gnicky Gnocchi **FeLV+**
Location: Old City Adoption Center
Date of Arrival: 4/3/24

  • Gnicky Gnocchi is our resident wiseguy, but instead of breaking legs he just wants you to bend them a little so he can cuddle up on them. He was found stray and a little anemic, but bloodwork didn’t show anything more severe. He did however test FeLV positive, so he needs to be the only cat in the home. Chatty and very social, Gnicky would benefit from a home due to his compromised immune system (he’s already on cold meds).

Social Cats (including FAST Candidates)

These sociable cats need a foster home! NOTE: If you are taking a foster cat that’s a FAST program candidate, it will be slated to be dropped off at our PetSmart or Old City locations for adoption within 2-3 weeks, since we need to keep those locations filled with adoptable kitties!

Name: Cleopatra of Tampa *FAST Foster*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/4/24

  • This cute young lady was recently found as a stray and brought to the city shelter where she came down with a kitty cold. Cleopatra is a sweet teen kitten around 9 months old and already spayed. All of the bouncing around along with a kitty cold is starting to affect her appetite and she’d really love to recover in a foster home where she can decompress and monitored.


Name: Snickers *FAST Foster*
Location: Grays Ferry Clinic
Date of Arrival: 4/4/24

  • Poor Snickers’ owner recently passed away and the neighbor tried to keep by taking her in, but their son turned out to be allergic. We’d love to help this gorgeous young lady find a new forever home. After arriving at the city shelter, she came down with a kitty cold. She’s on a course of antibiotics, but the stress of being at the shelter and the cold are affecting her appetite. She’d love to recover in a foster home! Snickers is around 1 year old and likely still needs to be spayed once she’s recovered from her cold.
  • The kind neighbor who had Snickers for a month told us a little more about her. She could get scared in their busy household, but she loved the kids! They said that “for the most part snickers is mellow and loves to lay on your lap.”
  • Update 4/8: Snickers got overstimulated during kennel cleaning today and nipped a staff member. Per Health Dept guidelines she’ll be on a bite observation period until 4/18, so even if she kicks her cold by then, she’ll have to wait until after that date for spay. She’s still a sweetie, just doesn’t love seeing tons of new faces every day.