The actress dishes on fostering cats and her work with L.A.’s Kitten Rescue

By Helin Jung
Updated December 08, 2009 02:05 AM

Jenna Fischer was in the middle of shooting on the set of her sitcom The Office when she noticed a crew member walking around with a cage holding a tiny kitten. The actress, who plays Pam on the show, asked him where the little cat had come from, and as it happened, a few of the wardrobe staffers had found the 5-week-old creature, along with another kitten, under their trailer.

They named the kittens Dunder and Mifflin, after the show’s fictional paper sales company, and moved quickly to find a way to take care of them. Fischer – a longtime cat lover who is hosting this Saturday’s 2nd Annual Fur Ball at the Skirball, an event benefiting the L.A. non-profit group Kitten Rescue – asked the volunteer agency if they could help.

She then became foster mom to black-and-white Dunder (above) for two weeks before he and his black brother Mifflin were placed with another of Kitten Rescue’s litters – dubbed Camp Scranton.

“Dunder is kind of like a little scoundrel,” Fischer tells “I have a fireplace and a white couch, and one day I look over, and he’s walked through the soot of the fireplace and was putting perfect little kitten paw prints all across my white couch!”

But the kitten is also a sweetheart, Fischer says, and even wore down the steely indifference of Fischer’s fiancé’s 11-year-old cat, Cadillac. She says Dunder ranks among the best of the dozen cats she’s fostered through the years. Mifflin, on the other hand, is the quieter one who prefers the company of other cats, and who loves cuddling with his brother.

Both kittens’ adoptions are pending, and Fischer is looking forward to this weekend’s hosting duties at the Fur Ball, where she’ll continue to spread the word about Kitten Rescue’s work finding homes for cats.

“One of the things I love about rescue work in general is that you get to meet other animals and hear their stories,” Fischer says. “You’re just starting off on a great place with that person when you talk about your shared love of animals.”

Though she’s no longer fostering little Dunder, Fischer has a lasting reminder of the loveable little feline. Those sooty paw prints on the couch “haven’t quite come out,” she says. “There are still the faintest little footprints on there. It’s really cute.”