Colony Update: Greenwood / Gerrard
Written by: Colony Caregiver, Lesley C.
Here we are, entering year 5… approximately 25+ feral cats and 6 human caretakers.
Since our last writing we have made many accomplishments. With the determined practice of “trap neuter return” (TNR), and the financial support of donors and Toronto Cat Rescue, we had only 2 kittens born into our colony this spring, summer, fall, as opposed to 17 from one cat in the same three season spread the prior year.
Unfortunately, our latest obstacle within the cat colony is age and illness. Some of our cats are becoming seniors and others ill due to environmental situations (fights, fast cars, uneducated humans). With these situations medical treatment is needed, below are some examples:
Wiley: 3 abscesses on his right side due to cat conflict. 2 surgeries, daily treatments for 2 weeks and medication for 3 weeks, at a total cost of $1,000+.
Boss: Bad dental hygiene – teeth pulled and 10 days stay in hospital at a total cost of $1,095.
Myles: Upper respiratory Infection (URI) – 2 weeks of antibiotics and daily care at a cost of $325.
Morris: Hit by a passing car – full examination, x-rays, neuter & recovery at a cost of $405.
Food each day (365 days per year), vitamins and immune boosts, we have managed to keep some illnesses at bay.
With winter at our heels, we are focusing on re-building and making new shelters for our colony (34 shelters) as well as for other cats in our colony community, or where ever we are contacted to serve.
With your financial support, we can continue to support the health and welfare of these cats, along with continuing the TNR process with those cats who find their way to our colony who have not yet been fixed.
Donate now and help us help our colony and the over 100,000 feral or abandoned cats in the city of Toronto. Please donate via CanadaHelps stating “Greenwood/Gerrard colony” or “Feral Cats” – all donations will go directly to helping the cats in need. Donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.
The colony came about in the Fall of 2007. Lemon was spotted as a kitten with a sick sibling curled up in a parking lot. Her sibling died. What started as leaving hard food for 8 cats every few mornings on my way to work, grew to 7 days per week, 365 days a year, soft food, hard food, kitten milk, water, treats, catnip, makeshift shelters and upwards of 30 cats.