URGENT: Barn or Sanctuary Placement Needed for Five Feral Cats
UPDATE (March 20th): Happy News, a cat-friendly barn has been found!
TCR is an avid supporter of Trap-Neuter-Return as a means of controlling cat overpopulation and improving the lives of Toronto’s ferals. In some rare cases where TNR is not possible, relocation becomes the next best option. This colony of 6 cats needs urgent help because their home (a trailer) is being demolished in a few weeks. If that isn’t bad enough, replacing the trailer with cat shelters is not an option as these cats live on a sensitive wildlife habitat, so they are not welcome. They are at risk of being trapped and euthanized by someone who believes in this method as a means of control. One of these cats – the orange one that is social – has a forever home lined up and will soon be safe.
The remaining 5 young grey cats need a barn or sanctuary to be relocated to. TCR will spay/neuter, vaccinate and treat these cats for fleas and ear mites prior to them being placed. There is no adoption fee for these cats, as they are feral and will not be companion pets – however donations are always welcome. These cats do need a placement that will continue to care for them as they are dependent on human feeding and shelter.
Relocation is a very delicate process, so we ask the following of any potential takers:
- You are willing to feed the cats daily and treat medical issues that may arise in the future.
- You have a secure office, room, tac room, or other secure space that the cats can not escape from, for them to remain in for three weeks prior to being given free run of the barn/sanctuary. This is to ensure that the cats become comfortable with their new surroundings so that when they are loose they are less likely to escape. If you do not have such a space, we can arrange for a ‘recovery cage’ to be loaned instead.
- We prefer insulted, modern barns that have a respect for all animals: sanctuaries, horse riding companies, hobby farms, etc are ideal.
- The ideal barn would be one where the cats cannot escape outside at all, however if the cats will have access to the outdoors we are looking for barns that are off any major roadways and which do not have dangerous dogs loose on the property, predators such as coyotes, poisons, or any other obvious dangers.
Finding the ideal barn is not an easy task but TCR really hopes that through the incredible networking of our volunteers, one or two barns will come forward that can take in a minimum of two of these cats, as they are more likely to transition well if they are relocated together. If you can help, please email Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are welcome to help TCR with the spay/neuter costs of these cats. If you can donate please earmark your donation for the “Grey Cat Relocation Project“. You can donate online via CanadaHelps, or clicking here to view Ways To Donate.