60 Cats Update: Your Help is Still Needed!


safeHSIOn December 13th, Torontonians stepped up and joined the Toronto Cat Rescue team, offering temporary homes for fifty cats rescued by Humane Society International (HSI). An additional ten cats were placed by HSI, so all sixty cats are now settling into homes while they await their forever families to adopt them.

No cat was left behind. Cats with FIV, dental problems, allergies and ongoing medical needs were placed in Toronto Cat Rescue foster homes Saturday night, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure they too have a promising future.

Donations are very much needed to support this incredible rescue effort. Please click here and donate now. Although donations of any amount are greatly needed and appreciated, please consider making a contribution of $200 to provide care to one of these cats.

To everyone who has helped with this amazing rescue so far, thank you! The cats were denied the most basic care and many were visibly sick when HSI seized them from deplorable conditions and brought them to their temporary, emergency shelter. After many months of care and recovery in the emergency shelter, the cats are ready for this next step. Thanks to all of you, they now have brighter futures with plenty of love and lots of catnip!

Please make a contribution today to support their ongoing medical care and long-term needs while in foster care. We hope to raise $10,000 for these cats by January 1st, and you can help make it happen!

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Home For The Holidays (and Always!)


Our cats want to spend the holidays in their forever home, and we want to make sure they do! From November 14th to December 31st, ALL Toronto Cat Rescue cats have a reduced adoption fee of $50, versus our standard fee of $175.

Our cats want to be your holiday companions – whether it be curling up to watch classic holiday movies, wrapping presents, entertaining guests, rocking around (or in) the Christmas tree, or purring away the quiet moments of reflection and relaxation, they want to be your forever friend.

Just like Santa’s toy sack, we have cats to suit everyone!  We have old cats, baby cats, cats of all colours and sizes. Lap cats, scaredy cats, diva cats, and bonded pairs. Our adoption counsellors want to work with you on finding the right cat for your family and lifestyle. Please open your heart and home to your new feline friend. When you adopt from TCR, you save two lives: the one you take home and the one you make room for (and with over 100,000 homeless cats in Toronto alone, there is always someone waiting to be rescued).  View our Adoptable Cats now! 

As always, our adoption fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (and receive a rabies vaccination if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance.  For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee also includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.  To adopt, please call TCR at 416-538-8592 or fill out our online adoption form. 

From all of the cats and volunteers, thank you and happy holidays!

Say No To Faux-Snow!


Toronto Cat Rescue wishes you and your family a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and new year!  The festive season is a busy time for everyone, please take a few moments to ensure that it is safe for your beloved kitty-members as well.

Cooper3Picture Purr-fect Presents: When wrapping presents, please use cloth ribbons versus curling ribbon and bows.  Cats are enticed by shiny ribbon, but if eaten it can wrap around their intestines or cause serve blockage in their bowels, leading to expensive surgery or death.  After wrapping presents, please make sure to store your supplies carefully.

Tinsel Free Tree: Pretty, shiny tinsel icicles and garland is a big no-no on a cat-safe Christmas tree.  Like curling ribbon, tinsel is very harmful to cats when ingested, so please avoid from placing on the tree.  Alternatives can be beaded garland, or long cloth ribbon.

No Kissing Under The Mistletoe: Popular plants like poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are extremely toxic if ingested by your cat, and can cause anything from gastrointestinal upset to cardiac problems to comas to death. If you cannot avoid having them in your home, please make sure you keep them far out of reach. As well, remember to avoid using chemicals in the water under a well-anchored Christmas tree.

moon5Say No To Faux-Snow: There are a wide range of decorations used to brighten your home for the holidays, and a wide range of hazards that accompany them. From the toxic artificial snow in the windows to sharp staples and tacks that deck the halls, decorations should be used with caution. All electrical wires should be taped down or placed behind heavy furniture.  All of these items can be tempting for cats and are often mistaken for toys.

Shiny Balls: When decorating your Christmas tree, please remember to hang the glass ornaments out of reach of your cat.  Cats can be tempted by the shiny decorations that can easily break when they fall off the tree leaving glass on the ground to step on or ingest.

Christmas Cheer: Christmas generally means a lot more guests than normal to the home, and the air of excitement can leave people more carefree (and careless) than usual. Please enclose your cat in a safe, cozy room with food, water, toys and a litter box before the guests arrive.  This ensures that kitty will not slip outside when the front door is opening and closing.  Like anyone, your cats can become stressed by the crowds and noise at big gatherings and will appreciate the chance to be alone for a while.  After the guests have left, a cozy cuddle with your cat will be appreciated.

bina6Treats, Treats and MORE Treats: Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without all of the delicious treats that come with it. Unfortunately, most of our favourite holiday snacks are also some of the most dangerous to our cats. Chocolate is a potential hazard that can actually kill your cat depending on their size, the type of chocolate and the quantity consumed. It can lead to extreme hyperactivity or even seizures. Please be careful about the ways that you include chocolate in your celebrations. For example, it’s important to avoid keeping chocolates in easily accessible areas for cats, such as hanging in stockings or in candy dishes on the table. If you feel like you have to give pets a special treat on Christmas day, try making their regular diet more exciting by giving them extra kitty treats, catnip or some tuna.

Adopt Your Holiday Buddy!

ninaJingle Bells, Jingle Bells, jingle all the way! All the way to their forever homes! This weekend lovely cats and kittens will be waiting to meet you at two of our affiliated Pet Valu locations.

The felines are venturing out of their cozy foster homes to meet you in-store, so please scoop them up and bring them to their forever home. They promise to rock around the Christmas tree with you, and bring you lots of love and laughter in 2015 (and always!). REMEMBER: When you adopt a kitty from Toronto Cat Rescue you save two lives; the one you adopt and the one you make room for!

Adoption Fee: $50 adoption fees, vs. $175. For cats 8+ years old the adoption fee will be waived, in lieu of a donation of the adopter’s choice to Toronto Cat Rescue. The adoption fee at the adoptathon is payable by cash only. This ensures that the cats that come into our care receive the medical attention they need, are spayed or neutered, vaccinated (and receive a rabies vaccination if age appropriate). Our fee also includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. If you are a resident of Toronto, the adoption fee also includes a 1 year cat license.

Saturday, December 6th / 9am – 6pm, Sunday, December 7th / 10am – 4pm.

Pet Valu Kingsway Etobicoke: 4242 Dundas St W. / 416-234-0326

Pet Valu Stanley Park Kitchener: 1005 Ottawa Street North / 519-744-7411

Urgent Appeal For Foster Families

60livesUPDATE: 50 cats arrived safely in Toronto on Saturday, December 13th (10 were placed by the HSI at the last moment) – they are now in their foster families. The cats will be listed on our Adoptable Cats page shortly.

We need your help in working a Christmas miracle. The Humane Society International: Canada has asked Toronto Cat Rescue for urgent help in placing approximately 60 cats who were seized from deplorable conditions. The cats were denied the most basic care and many were visibly sick upon rescue. They have been in an emergency temporary shelter for many months receiving necessary care, and are now ready to be transferred to foster homes to await adoption.

If you are able to foster one or more of these cats, even for just 2-3 weeks, please contact us (the sooner the better!). Foster families play a very important role by providing tender-loving-care, food, and socialization. The cats will be vaccinated and spayed/neutered prior to arriving in your home. TCR will cover any further required medical costs. If you have a warm room and a loving heart, please open your door to a cat in need.  Fill in our online form TODAY to help us work a miracle for these very deserving cats.  Let’s get these precious felines out of the cages and onto the right path to connecting with their forever families. You can make a life saving difference this year… will you?