Feral cats are too wild to live as companion animals because they have never had exposure to humans, however they are exactly the same as our indoor companions in every other way. Toronto Cat Rescue’s mandate focuses on educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering for both owned and feral cats. For feral cats we promote what is known as Trap-Neuter-Return (Monitor).
We have set-up a Colony Sponsorship section hoping that the public will be inspired with our feral cat efforts and will make a monetary donation via Canada Helps to help with the spay/neuter and vetting costs.
Trapping continues through the winter so that as many females are spayed before they start breeding again in the spring (“kitten season”). Each of our colonies requires ongoing fundraising in order to sustain the program. The average feral cat will cost a minimum of $100 in vet bills. With many of the colonies consisting of over 20 cats, it is an expensive operation!
Here are just a couple of the TCR sponsored Feral Cat Colony’s that need assistance to sustain the efforts.
Trap-Neuter-Return (Monitor): TNR(M) practices involve trapping the cats and spaying/neutering and vaccinating them, as well as treating them for fleas and other health issues, and marking them as fixed with an ear tip (so that they aren’t trapped again). Returned to their colonies, we then continue to provide food and shelter so that their quality of life is improved as much as possible.
Donations may also be mailed to TCR’s PO Box:
Toronto Cat Rescue
P.O. Box 41175
Rockwood Postal Outlet