Our Latest Quebec Rescue Effort

On Tuesday August 18, 2015, Toronto Cat Rescue volunteers eagerly awaited the arrival of 29 cats and kittens from SPCA Beauce-Ecthemin, just outside of Quebec. The cats had travelled almost nine hours to escape euthanasia due to shelter overcrowding.

Our friends at SPCA Beauce-Ecthemin had exhausted all resources and were losing hope. They had grown so attached to these cats, who had been in the shelter for months that such a gruesome fate was unbearable for them to fathom. They sent out an SOS to TCR and we answered their plea.

It was a hot humid afternoon in Toronto and over 20 volunteer drivers, foster homes and other coordinators braced the sweltering heat and banded together to save these precious lives. As we unloaded the carriers, we were greeted with the most stunning friendly cats of all colours and ages. Plus they had some of the coolest French names! All of the cats were healthy, friendly and totally excited to explore their new surroundings.

The wonderful staff at SPCA Beauce-Ecthemin lovingly cared for all of these cats for as long as they could. It was a sad send off for them, but their hardest goodbye was to Rufus. Rufus is a six year old handsome grey/white male who has been waiting in the shelter for a forever home for over two years!! He became a part of the Beauce-Ecthemin family, and they playfully dubbed him their Mascot, but they were saddened that Rufus spent every night in a cage for such a long time. The shelter Manager shares:

“Yes, Rufus was with us for over 2 years, at first he was aggressive, so we had him sterilized, he calm down a bit,  after that he got sick, so we treated him for something like six months, when he was ready for adoption – nobody wanted him so we decided to keep him as long as he get adopted. Finally when you (TCR) offered us to take cats, we discussed about Rufus and we decide that he deserve a home where he can finish his life in peace without having to go back in a cage each night. There is no kinder act than knowing when to let go of someone you love. So with tears and well wishes, Rufus was sent to Toronto to find his forever family.”

Rufus and all of the other cats will be available for adoption shortly – watch our Adoptable Cats Page to find your new best friend!