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Momma Candi and her four little ones.

21 May



Overbrook Strays

6 May

Ever irksome, the number of abandoned or dumped cats that show up in feral colonies. In the past month alone, two new boys arrived, one with a broken jaw, another with a severe upper respiratory infection. Both are on the mend, and will soon be available for adoption.


Aubrey & Ozzie

2 Apr

Update: Aubrey & Ozzie were adopted together, and now have a wonderful home!

On February 2, we got a cross-posted e-mail from the staff if a nearby City recreation center. A cat had given birth on their lawn, and she and her two kittens needed to be rescued. ARN went and picked up the little cat family, a beautiful, pale gray tabby, and her two brown tabby kittens about ten days old (their eyes were just beginning to open), a tiny boy, and an even tinier little girl. We rushed them home and set them up in a cage with a heated bed, but sadly, it was too late for the little female kitten. She died about an hour later.

Then we faced a near-crisis when it looked as if Aubrey was not producing milk – it turned out she was, but only in the breast Ozzie (named for Ozzie, a contestant on the TV series, Survivor)was using. Then, another scare – Ozzie’s feet swelled up so badly that the skin burst. All we can figure is that the heating pad should have been covered, and it wasn’t. So the poor little kitty had to have his wounds bathed twice a day and ointment applied, and also have a few drops of Clavamox twice a day. We were afraid he might grow up hating humans after such an inauspicious start in life, but he has inherited his mom’s pleasant, easy-going temperament, and does not appear to be holding a grudge!

We are hoping that they can be adopted together, because they are bonded, and we think Aubrey is fairly young herself. In the meantime, they would benefit by being in a foster home where they don’t have to be caged. It would be much better for their health & happiness!






Marco Polo

2 Apr

Marco Polo was exploring Mount Airy when he wandered into a feral trapping project and found himself – surprise! – trapped! He was wearing a flea collar, but no ID, and was very thin. His long coat was matted, and in spite of the collar, he had fleas.

Marco has thrived in foster care – he has filled out, been neutered, vaccinated, and treated for fleas. He is very friendly, playful, and needs his own loving, forever home!


Carlos & Rosie

16 Nov
RosieCarlos at the WindowCarlos ExploresCarlos with PlushCarlos meets Red

Carlos & Rosie, a set on Flickr.

We hope they will be adopted together – mom and son are bonded, and play nicely together.

BillieGee and friends

16 Nov

BillieGee’s kittens were named after the Phillies by their rescuer, so ARN named her after Bill Giles. The kittens were adopted, but BG is snuggled up with her buds Plush and Red, waiting for her own forever home…

Adopted!! Adorable October Babies

27 Oct

UPDATE:  All kittens are living the good life in their new forever homes.  Three kittens, (the 2 calicos and the orange tabby) were adopted by a lovely couple from Chestnut Hill, and the white/cream colored Siamese mix was adopted by a lovely woman from Roxborough.  What a great first Christmas these little babies will have, not to mention the wonderful lives that lay ahead for these lucky kitties.

These dear little kittens were found soon after they were born, on the morning of October first, with their exhausted mother, on a porch in West Mount Airy. They are two weeks old in these photos, but a week an a half later have become very mobile, and are quite sociable and curious about people. They will be old enough to leave their mom and go to loving, forever homes in December.

Helping Hands Fundraiser week at the Trolley Cars!

5 Oct Trolley Car Helping Hands Coupon

You are invited to a Helping Hands Week Fundraiser for Animal Rescue Network at Trolley Car Diner & Trolley Car Cafe! From Monday, Oct 10th to Sunday, Oct 16th Trolley Car Diner & Trolley Car Café will donate 15% of your purchase to Animal Rescue Network. The more you eat and drink, the more you help us meet our fundraising goals!  Spread the word – with great food and over 200 varieties of beer, you’re bound to have a great time!

Coupon valid 7am to 9pm Monday – Friday and 3pm to 9pm Saturday & Sunday.

Diner – 7619 Germantown Ave., Phila, PA 19119; Café – 3269 S. Ferry Rd., Phila, Pa 19129

If your organization is interested in scheduling a Helping Hands Week Fundraiser, contact Michele Orellana at 215-247-5555 x205 or

Trapping reality

31 Jul

Instead of the young tom I intended to trap, I got a calico I’d never seen before. Swell, five days of recovery instead of two!


Trapping Misadventures

30 Jul

Tonight I am trying to trap a skinny little tomcat who’s been coming around for a while. I was at ACCT this evening, watching a DVD about a new method of socializing ferals. It was much longer than I expected, and I didn’t get home until 8:30, well after the time this little guy normally shows up.

I quickly tore up a sheet to make a trap cover, and whipped up the evening’s cat food. The whole time, I could hear meowing, which sounded like it was outside, and I thought to myself, “Oh, no! He’s meowing now? Rats, that means he’s not feral, so NOW what am I going to do with him?”

I served the indoor cats their supper and went out to set the trap, with no sign of the little tabby & white boy. When I came back in, I realized I’d left my cell phone upstairs, and went to get it. While in the bedroom, I could hear the meowing again – not coming from outside, but from the closet!! Poor Sally had been stuck in there since at least early afternoon, possibly mid-morning!


Sally atop the cat tree

cannot resist an open closet, and is lightning- fast, so I did not see her sneak in. So now she’s sitting in the window, waiting for the little visitor kitty to show up, and I’m sticking my head out the window every few minutes to see if the trap is still open…