We are going VIRTUAL! This year we are trying things a little differently so our bowl-a-thon has left the bowling alley and is heading directly to you!
AUGUST 8th is the new date for our 16th Annual Bowl-a-thon. Get out your Wii, your children’s old bowling play set or get creative and make your own. Challenge your neighbours to a driveway competition or take your bowling shoes to the dock. It’s all about having fun!
To join in the fun and celebrate as a community, on the day send us your videos and photos of what you are up to and we will share across our social media channels. One of the great things is – you don’t need to be living in Toronto to participate!
This is typically our best fundraising event which raises much needed donations to help rescue and care for cats and kittens. We have an ambitious goal to raise $50,000 and we know that it’s not going to be easy but let’s aim high!
We hope to see you online on August 8th!
With temperatures across the city and region staying hot! hot! hot! we thought we would share a few ideas on how to keep things cool for our fur-friends.
Here are few tips:
🍧 Get creative with ice – make them ice treats with tuna juice
💧 Add some ice cubes to the water bowl
💨 Make sure to keep the AC going or fans blowing to keep air circulating
💈 Brush them lots to get the excess fur off
🌬️Add a bag of frozen vegetables or ice pack, well wrapped in a towel to your cat’s favourite spot
And remember, watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs, encourage your cat to have a drink.
We the North Help Each Other
Toronto Cat Rescue is responding to an urgent plea from North Bay Humane Society. Over 50 cats were found in a single home and have been surrendered to the authorities.
Plans are already underway to start the relocation of these 50 kitties to Toronto and our foster homes are ready and waiting to give these shy and lost cats all the love and care they need. We are grateful to our foster network for stepping up and giving us the ability to offer a helping hand to our neighbours to the North.
Here is what we know about the condition of the cats needing our help. The cats age from brand new babies (one mama gave birth in the shelter today!) to older adults and range in temperament from social to shy. Luckily, we are experts with the shy babies!
All will need to be either spayed or neutered and most are on antibiotics for infections and many will need expensive dental work. But most importantly, they are all very thin, and need A LOT of TLC. It will be some time before they are healthy enough to be ready for adoption.
We know the vet bills for this rescue are going to be large…every cat will need to be spayed or neutered…every cat will need vaccines…and many will need dental care. We plan for the day to day but it’s hard to plan for situations like this.
Please read what he shared on Instagram:
“Just over 3 years ago, we adopted Scamper from TCR. Although he was timid at first and squeezed himself under the dresser to hide, he quickly blossomed into a cat full of wonder, curiosity, passion, and energy. He had his quirks. He welcomed everyone into the house with a loving headbutt. He’d steal Shreddies and Cheerios from me. And he was always willing to lend a helping paw when I was taking knitting photos. He loved being in those photos.”
Unfortunately, Scamper passed away a couple of weeks ago, far too soon. To honour his memory, Kyle discounted his knitting patterns and donated all proceeds from the past two weeks to TCR.
He raised and donated an amazing $1,340 in memory of Scamper. Wow! We are immensely grateful.
We send Kyle and Scamper’s family our deepest sympathies on their loss, but knowing that for the remainder of his life, Scamper found such a loving and caring home I hope will help you heal.
Thank you — for caring for Scamper and the incredible gift in his honour that will allow us to continue our life-saving work.
(📷: Kyle Vey/VectorKnits)