Toronto Cat Rescue

Project Velcro: Meet Geisha

TCR has rescued over 200 cats through Project Velcro, but one cat that has pulled at the heart strings of anyone who has met her is GEISHA. Geisha is a small five year old tabby girl, who had such a severe infestation of ear mites that they ruptured her eardrums leaving her with a significant head tilt.

When Geisha was first rescued she did not move and did not use the litter box. It was not a matter of going outside the litter box, she was not able to go to the bathroom by herself. She sat crouched with her head tilted and didn’t move. When she was put in foster care, her foster Mom was told that we would assess her quality of life after her round of medication was complete. This made her foster Mom more determined than ever to do whatever it took to save Geisha.

For the first couple of weeks Geisha would need to be massaged to go to the bathroom. She would be put into the litter box to see if that would help. One day in the second week she crawled to the litter box by herself, but still needed help to go. This continued over the next few days until one day Geisha went into the litter box by herself. Two days later she went in and used the box by herself. This was a huge milestone!

Geisha’s foster Mom has fostered other injured kitties in the past and started doing physio therapy with her from day one. Since Geisha was not able to stand it was understandable that taking herself to the litter box was difficult. But getting her muscles moving and getting her to stand and then walk was part of the plan. At first she was only able to take a step or two without falling over. The eardrum problem and head tilt disrupted her sense of balance.

Geisha has now been in foster care for almost two months. Her progress in this short period of time is incredible. She is still on medication for a persistent cold, but her mobility is now such that she is able to walk the entire length of the living room without falling over, and has even been seen taking a few jogging steps at meal time to get to her food bowl. She still has a head tilt and likely always will. She cannot climb up onto anything, so everything she needs including her bed and lots of toys are on the floor. She still gets physio every day as well as lots of play and cuddle time with her foster mom, where she shows her love by making biscuits and purring.

Geisha has recently taken an interest in a dangly toy hanging from the door frame. It’s low to the ground and she bats it back and forth a few times before tackling her favourite toy mouse. She also loves to cuddle up to the other foster and resident kitties in the home. 

We are continuing to work with Geisha for a while longer to build her strength and get rid of her cold. After that, she will be spayed and ready for adoption!

If you want to help contribute to Geisha’s (or other TCR foster cats) medical expenses while they are in foster care, you may donate online today. Thank you!

Shop To Support Rescue Efforts

TCR_Pink_Cat_Shirt_Closeup__38375.1471564632.1280.1280Did you know that all proceeds from our online shop go directly to helping rescue cats in need? Well they do, and it is amazing!

We have unique clothing for people of all ages and sizes; and lovingly handmade cat goods for felines.

It is simple… buy cool stuff, help cats! Start shopping now!

Pictured: Our Cat Heartbeat Flowy T-Shirt – pretty, soft and light pink for Spring!

Don’t be a gutter ball! Register today!

Registration is now closed. You may still sponsor a participant or a team: Donate Now!

Every year, our community comes together for a fun afternoon of bowling, prizes, pizza and photo ops (with not-so-optional tails and ears!). Last year, we raised $25,000 for the cats.  This year, with your help, we hope to break this record and raise $30,000. You can help make it happen!

Saturday April 29
Bowlerama West (5429 Dundas St. West)

Get started today by visiting the event website:

Join The Fun: Pet Valu Adopt-A-Thon Weekend!

Spring has sprung… now it is time to adopt a new feline friend. Saturday, April 22nd to Sunday, April 23rd amazing cats will be in-store waiting to meet you, and blossom in your care. Join the fun and visit one of our five Pet Valu locations to adopt a beautiful cat (or two!).

Special Adopt-A-Thon Fee Only: $100 for cats over 8 months of age (vs. $175). For cats 8+ years old the adoption fee will be waived, in lieu of an adoption fee of the adopter’s choice. The adoption fee at the adopt-a-thon 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: 10am – 5pm  / Sunday: 11am – 3pm 

Pet Valu Galleria Mall, Toronto: 1245 Dupont St. / 416-536-4282

Pet Valu High Park, Toronto: 1660 Bloor St. W. / 416-537-9240 *Saturday only*

Pet Valu Liberty Village, Toronto: 1176 King St. W. /416-916-1199

Pet Valu College, Toronto: 339 College St. / 416-944-0314

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

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!

Pictured: Handsome ROBBIE is waiting for you at Pet Valu Kingsway!

Cat Safety: Lilies Are Toxic

Please remember that lilies are highly toxic to cats. If a cat ingests even a small amount, it can do severe damage to their kidneys.  If you are bringing a festive Easter lily or Spring bouquet that includes lilies into your home, please ensure the flowers are placed where your cat cannot nibble on them.

Click for more information on Toxic Plants To Cats.