In 1964, my parents' house in Chicago had a fire on a night of a huge
snowstorm, 3'!  The fire department had a hard time getting there because
side street were not plowed, especially not at 3 AM. They had 13 cats, and I
had "just" moved back with my two cats because I couldn't afford my
apartment closer to school. All the cats died in the fire, although my
father was running around, grabbing them and putting them on an enclosed
porch, they all ran back as he opened the door.....When the house was
rebuilt, a cat was found in the basement ceiling/rafters, completely soft
and pliable (not stiff!) - poor cats most probably died from smoke
inhalation because they have such tiny lungs.

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Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] foster needed for lonely FeLV cat and/or non felv
cat - philadelphia area

I hope the boys find a foster hom son.  I would volunteer but am no way near
215 area code.  I can offer my prayers for them and you.  Bless you for
caring for them and finding homes for them.

---- dana giordano <> wrote: 
> Hi all, This came across a rescue list I am on, and I wanted to pass it
> The lady had a fire, and is waiting for her house to be rebuilt. It 
> took longer than expected, and two of her foster volunteers could not
> If you or anyone you know might be interested, please don't hesitate 
> to contact Susan at or 215-435-5273. Thanks so much!
> *From: *Susan Finkelstein <>
> *Date: *November 30, 2011 10:54:31 PM EST
> *Subject: **[UCNeighbors] Fire Cats in need of short-term fostering*
> Hi, all! A couple of months ago, some friends had posted a note for me 
> on this list after we suffered a terrible house fire over at 
> Springfield and St. Bernard. It was a call for help placing my cats 
> who had survived the fire (sadly, we lost a third recently due to 
> complications from the event) in temporary foster homes. The response 
> was wonderful: I managed to place 8 cats in 8 separate foster homes: a 
> minor miracle for anyone who has ever tried to find foster homes for 
> animals. It was a huge relief for me, amid all the chaos and grief and 
> stress surrounding the fire and the ensuing issues.
> Needless to say, our house is nowhere near on the schedule for 
> reconstruction originally given to us by the contractors (wrangling 
> with the insurance and mortgage companies mostly to blame). As a 
> result, I am now faced with needing to find new foster homes for two 
> cats within the next week or so (of course, our house is nowhere near 
> the completion date that the contractors originally gave us), and was 
> wondering if you might know of any folks who would be willing to take 
> a cat in for something like
> 4-6 weeks.
> Habib, a 13-year-old neutered fat "creamsicle" cat (I call him that 
> because he is orange and white), is very funny, friendly, and 
> talkative, and his current foster parents love him, but have 
> obligations to be away come mid-December and cannot continue to care 
> for him. Martini is an orange tabby, neutered, about 6 years old, but 
> FeLV positive. He has NEVER exhibited any signs of illness (he was 
> minutes away from euthanasia as a tiny kitten in the ER at the Penn 
> Vet Hospital, where I worked, when I whisked him home), so he appears 
> to be a carrier of the virus, but it would be best for him to be in a 
> home without other cats, or maybe with other cats who also have tested 
> positive. Currently, he is sequestered in one room in a neighbor's 
> house (due to another resident cat), and cries a lot, and is very 
> lonely. It breaks my heart. He is a true people cat and seems very
depressed without human companionship.
> If you or anyone you know might be interested, please don't hesitate 
> to contact me at or 215-435-5273. Thanks so much!

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