Toronto Cat Rescue

Meet Ricky & Mama!

Meet bonded pair Ricky and Mama – they are sweet, shy cats who are seeking their calm, adult-only forever family together… will it be you?

Ricky came to Toronto Cat Rescue from a Georgina shelter in May of 2018. When he arrived at his TCR foster home he was very scared, and seemed angry. Our amazing volunteers never gave up on him, and eventually he let them hear his beautiful purr! He is still working on not being a scaredy cat, but luckily he has his best feline friend, Mama, to help me out. They support each other and are bonded like glue!

Mama was rescued from an overflowing shelter in Quebec. She arrived in TCR foster care very scared and shy. Part of her tail had to be removed due to frostbite – she doesn’t like her tail being touched or being picked up. As soon as Mama met Ricky her world changed. Shy Mama became happy and silly and much more brave! Mama is a curious girl who relies on her buddy Ricky to make her feel safe and secure.

ricky1Ricky is a sweet and friendly guy… once you get to know each other. He can be a little shy (and sometimes a little scared), but after a few days and a few treats he will quickly be your best friend offering purrs and love. He just needs his people to be patient with him and follow his lead because he is still always a little scared and learning to trust again.

Mama is a tiny girl who is often shy, so quick movements, loud noises and stomping feet really scare her. Ricky really helps her to feel safe in new situations. She does get braver the more time she spends with her humans, and will come for treats, pats and interactive playtime once she is comfortable.

Mama loves to play – she loves her feather toy and will spend hours (or as long as you want!) playing with you. She also loves to play at night with her jingle balls and chirping mouse. During the day she likes to sit up high and watch the world go by (but she does need a place to hide and feel safe if she needs too). She will come out of hiding for wet food!

Ricky is a very sweet and sensitive soul who loves to be pet and fed treats. Ricky really loves to eat kibble out of your hand! If you sit by his food bowl he will lean into you and demand that you hand feed him, then he will lick your fingers clean of all the crumbs!

mama2Mama’s foster family describes her as “a little wonder”. She is silly and fluffy and so loving once she is comfortable. She loves to play and is just waiting for that special family to take a chance on her. Ricky is a kind and quiet boy who only wants to be loved. He loves to play with his feather toy, and especially loves his friend Mama. He is a joy and a comfort and his foster parents feel so very lucky to foster him.

They will do best in a quiet home where they can take their time to get to know you and the home, and not be pushed out of their comfort zone. As a thank you for giving two best friends a loving forever home together, our adoption fee for an adult bonded pair (8 months or older) is $100 per cat, vs. $175 per cat.

Ricky was born May 4, 2012, and Mama was born April 16, 2015. Both have been spayed/neutered and are vaccinated. These special cats cannot wait to be adopted into their loving forever home!

Picture Purr-fect Presents & Other Holiday Safety Tips

The festive season is a busy time for everyone, please take a few moments to ensure that your holiday celebrations are safe for your beloved feline family members.

Hope1No 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.

Picture 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. 

roseTinsel-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.

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.

buttercup3Say 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. 

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.

Chorna1Treats, 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 on your tree. 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. 

Toronto Cat Rescue wishes you and your family a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and new year!  If you would like to add a feline to your family, please adopt one of our amazing cats!

Pictured (Adoptable and seeking homes for the holidays… and forever!): Brown tabby goodness Hope, beautiful patch work quilt Rose, snuggle bug Buttercup, and fluffy superstar Chorna.

Thank You Thursday

On this Thank You Thursday we are grateful for your support!

We raised enough money to rescue the 100 cats from Quebec, and ensure that they have all the medical attention, spay or neuter and vaccinations that they need. Without the donations of our incredible supporters, we would not be able to help these cats.

We far exceeded our goal and raised an absolutely incredible $68,000 with the help of our matching donor!

We promise to follow through on our commitment to rescue these 100 cats and ensure their well-being. And thanks to the incredible response, we will also be able to rescue more cats from shelters in Ontario and Quebec who need our support.

On behalf of the cats, the volunteers, the board of directors and the staff of Toronto Cat Rescue, thank you for your ongoing support! (virtual high five!)

Breaking News: Double your impact, save more cats on #GivingTuesday

We desperately need your help to rescue 100 cats at immediate risk before Christmas.  We can’t do these rescues without you.  

#GivingTuesday has come around once again and this year we are hoping to double the impact we had last year! Our friends at the SPA Quebec shelter in Beauceville have reached out to us – they are once again overwhelmed with cats and kittens in their shelter. Today we are launching a campaign to raise $12,500 before midnight tonight in order to fund an urgent rescue of 100 cats, in two separate rescues. Toronto and Kitchener Waterloo have always opened up their hearts and homes for these adoptable cats and kittens and we want to find them forever homes before the Christmas holiday. But we can’t do this rescue without you. 

For these cats and kittens, we are their last chance. The shelter cannot accept new arrivals due to overcrowding and will be forced to euthanize if they are unable to move these precious lives to a new location. Please consider making a donation to sponsor one of these cats in need. Each cat will require a basic physical exam and rabies vaccination upon arrival in Toronto. And we know from experience that there are bound to be other unforeseen medical costs – we recently undertook a smaller rescue and every single cat ended up needing additional medical services. We need to raise a minimum of $12,500 for this rescue before we can make the final decision about whether we can once again answer the call for help.

Please consider sponsoring 1 cat for $125. It’s a small price to pay for saving a very precious life!

And we have great news to share. A longtime volunteer has stepped up to match every dollar donated!* That means every dollar that you donate counts as two. This incredibly generous gift will help us reach our stretch goal even faster. 

If you are unable to fully sponsor one cat, a gift of any amount – $25, $40 or $75would be incredible. If you can, please help us save as many of these lives as possible by making a donation.

Time is of the essence and we need your help by Midnight Tonight! We want to move these cats before the Christmas break and do not want to leave a single cat behind at the shelter. We desperately need you to help us fill up that transport truck!

Toronto Cat Rescue wants to ensure the safe harbour of these precious lives and with your help, we can save them all. On this #GivingTuesday, please help us raise our goal of $12,500 to help give 100 cats and kittens a second chance to find a loving, forever home.

#GivingTuesday is just one day. But we fight every day of every year to rescue and find homes for abandoned, sick or injured cats. Thank you for ongoing support! 

*up to $20,000.

Black Friday Deals!

Shop our fabulous Black Friday sale happening now until Cyber Monday – 25% off everything our online shop has to offer!!

We launched NEW merchandise, and have a local pick-up option! Shop for yourself, for others, for the felines in your lives… just shop because all proceeds from our shop go towards saving and vetting rescue cats in need. 

Happy Shopping: Get 25% off your order (and free shipping when you spend $100 or more!) Promo code: BF25OFF Thank you for your support!