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.
Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on Feline Viruses
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) infects all types of cats from the larger cats (e.g leopards, cougars, lions) to domestic house cats. Most at risk for infection are male non-neutered, outdoor cats that often get into severe fights with other cats. FIV affects the feline immune system, which makes the cat more susceptible to disease. The virus is only contagious to other cats, and is transmitted through saliva and blood (i.e. through deep bite wounds and very rough fighting). More casual contact such as sharing litter boxes or feeding bowls and mutual grooming are NOT methods of transmission of the virus. It is even suggested that it is unlikely for an FIV+ mother to transmit FIV to her kittens. A cat that tests positive for FIV may never develop full-blown FIV and can live a very long and healthy life if kept indoors in a low stress environment, fed high-quality food and have any secondary health issues treated when they arise.
Toronto Cat Rescue happily has had many successful FIV+ cat adoptions! TCR believes these cats deserve a chance at a normal home like any other. Our experienced volunteers (we are not vets) believe that FIV+ cats do not have to be adopted into single-cat homes, or into homes with only FIV+ cats. If you have laid back cats at home there should be no concerns of adding a cat-friendly FIV cat to your family. We charge our standard adoption fee. Don’t judge an FIV+ cat based on a blood test – they are amazing cats who just want to be loved!
Learn more from this excellent resource, educate yourself, so you can educate others – FIV: Catching a Bad Case of Rumours.
Amazing news for Mandy and Kim – today they were adopted into their forever family!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Mandy & Kim’s $8,000 vet bill. To-date we have raised 11% of our goal! TCR still needs a lot of help to reach the goal, so please donate if you are able. Donations of $10 or more receive a tax receipt (and our sincere appreciation)! Please help spread the news of our plight via the share buttons on this posting. Click “Tweet” to have this message shared on Twitter, or click the Facebook Like button to share this post on your Facebook wall. Hopefully we can spread the word to generous friends and family to donate to “Mandy & Kim’s Medical Bill” – make sure everyone writes that with the donation, so we can include it in our grand total… and reflect it on the fancy thermometer below. To donate, view our Ways to Donate page, our Cat Sponsorship page, or click the thermometer for a direct link to our CanadaHelps page. Thank-you everyone for helping!