About Jennie Richards

Welcome to Homeless to Housecats!

I’m Jennie Richards — with encouragement from my girlfriends and daily inspiration from my many amazing rescue cats, I finally begin my new blog!

I have been in cat rescue formally since 2003 when I joined Friends of the Formerly Friendless (FFF) in Concord, CA to foster cats and support cat adoptions. After three years, I joined Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) in 2006 and have been with CC4C ever since. But prior to this, I had adopted an abandoned cat in 1998 that was “homeless in Seattle” named Pumpkin and another cat, Red, in 2001 who had been dumped at the Oakland Airport where he lived a very frightened life until we adopted him. They are both longer stories that I will save for later.

J and Pumpie Christmas2013

When we bought our house in 2003, we thought with the step-up in size, we would adopt one more rescue cat, which quickly turned into two! On a late summer day, we went to the newly opened, state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA. We walked through their doors interested in adopting “the cat that no one wanted.” They ushered us to their spacious cat rooms, and to “Gracie” and to “Dusty.” Both were extremely shy, had been returned twice, and had lived at ARF for 2-3 years. Difficult choice! We looked at each other, and after much contemplation and petting, said “we’ll take both!” At the time, of course, we thought that was it! No more, we said.

Until one fateful day a year later, when we walked into Petfood Express and met the director of a cat rescue organization who in talking, said she was in desperate need of a foster for new mama cats from the shelter. We both looked at each other, thinking no way! And went home. The next day, Sally called and said “have you thought about it? There are six mamas with kittens that need adopting, it’s their last day!” And that was the beginning of our foster experience, and cat rescue work.


2 thoughts on “About Jennie Richards”

  1. Subject: The Cat Owners Survival Guide


    I’ve been having a look through your site and I wanted to contact you about a blog topic I thought you’d really enjoy.

    We’ve created a Cat Owners Cleaning Survival Guide which has a load of tips on dealing with some of the most common household spills, allergies issues and home training problems.

    Here is the link to view the full Graphic:


    I would be great if you could feature this as a resource on your homelesstohousecats.com? All you have to do is copy & paste the quick embed code at the bottom of the page.

    Hope you like it as much as we do, I look forward to hearing from you soon,

    Kindest Regards,

    1. Hi Jake,

      Thanks for sending your excellent graphic, and yes I would be happy to post it. I will create a new category for info graphics like this, that I don’t already feature. Also, I have posted it on my Pinterest board and Tweeted it. It’s very helpful!

      Thanks again, Jennie

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