A sudden wave of motherless kittens has prompted a call from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for human foster parents to bottle feed them.

3 PURRRR-FECT cat stories that warmed our hearts in 2018

You could say 2018 has been the year of the cat in Dayton. 

Our caring cat community continued to find ways to prove we love our feline friends. 

Here are 3 of our favorite heartwarming stories involving these furry friends from the year. 

Gem City Catfe′

Gem City Catfe will celebrate its grand opening on January 2nd, 2018. The coffee shop and cat adoption center is located at 513 E. Fifth St. in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood.
Photo: Kara Driscoll

The Gem City Catfe′, a coffee shop and cat adoption center, opened at the beginning of the year, providing a place for the community to snuggle with cats. 

The goal of the catfe′, located at 513 E. Fifth St. in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, is “to foster positive interactions between cats and people, in an expectation free environment,” according to their website. 

Visitors can book time to cat cuddle with rescue cats in the cat lounge, enjoy coffee, tea and bakery items in the espresso bar and view local art shows in an upstairs gallery. 

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Bottle feeding kittens

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton needs humans to foster young animals including "bottle babies," motherless young kittens. Penelope is 2 1/2 weeks old and was found in a Dumpster. LISA POWELL / STAFF

In August we told you about a need for human foster parents to bottle feed kittens. 

A sudden wave of motherless kittens prompted the call to the community. 

“When we get little babies that have been separated from their mothers, then we fill in as the mothers,” said Brian Weltge, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. 

“We feed the babies with little bottles or syringes full of formula made just for kittens. The kittens that are on formula are called ‘bottle babies’.” 

The community stepped up to save lives and dozens of new applications to become a foster came in. 

“The response has been unheard of,” Jessica Garringer, marketing and development project manager for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, said. “We’ve had such a wonderful response from people. I’ve been here six years and haven’t seen anything like it.” 

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Lil BUB

Lil BUB came to Dayton for a special event hosted by the Gem City Catfé on Sunday, Nov. 4. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Celebrity cat, Lil BUB, visited Dayton in November for a special meet and greet. 

The well-known cat, rescued as a kitten from an Indiana tool shed in 2011, visited in support of Gem City Kitties, a nonprofit that is housed inside Gem City Catfé. 

Lil BUB and her dude, Mike Bridavsky, presented “The Story of Lil BUB” to a crowd at the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner events hall. 

According to the famous feline’s website, she is a published author, a talk show host, a movie star and has helped raise more than $300,000 for animals in need.

>>PHOTOS: Lil BUB came to Dayton! Did we spot you there?

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