Toronto Cat Rescue

Welcome – Toronto Cat Rescue Has A New Look!

Cutie Pie Tommy!

Hi Loyal TCR Supporters! As we are sure you have noticed, Toronto Cat Rescue’s website has received a face-lift.  Please take a look around and we hope you will enjoy reading the new home page blog.  Make sure you check out our adorable Adoptable Cats page, which is now searchable, making it easier for you to view our 300+ available cats.

As we know, cats are very entertaining, so we hope you subscribe or check back often!  Feel free to share your own fun, kitty-cat stories as well.  To subscribe just enter your email address in the top right hand column of the Home page, in the field directly above the “Sign me up!” button.

Wishing you lots of cuddles and purrs, and thanks for all your support!

Feeding Ferals: Rain, Snow and Sunshine

The 3 Amigos

Written by Colony Caregiver: Robin

There are legions of us out there, feral cat colony caregivers they call us. You would mostly recognize us by our cars, filled with cat food, water, traps, shelters and sometimes bales of straw.

I am part of a group that cares for a colony of approximately 20 cats who live in an industrial area in the east end of Toronto. Three to five days a week (other people feed the other days) I load up my car with two trugs of clean bowls, four litre and a half bottles of fresh water, and a whack of canned and hard food and head off to feed the cats.

Robin and Jackson in the rain

Our area is large so we feed at several locations. When I arrive at the first one, there are often cats waiting. I swear they know the sound of the car. I use a clicker to call. I move on from one feeding station to the next. One group of seven cats live a relative life of luxury amongst some boats. We bought them a small trailer and outfitted it with cat doors and shelters inside.

Our colony is what is called a managed colony, they are fed every day, we provide shelters and we have trapped almost all the cats and had them spayed or neutered, with the help of Toronto Cat Rescue. Any kittens are socialized and adopted out to great
homes. In 2010 we spayed and neutered 8 cats and adopted out 3 kittens.

Jackson and Tina eat in the snow

I don’t want to romanticize the life of a feral cat. It’s a harsh life. They battle the cold and wet, hunger, predators, and at our colony, trucks. One of our lovely cats, Queenie, who can be seen on the poster for Cat City (our colony was featured in that documentary), was run over by a truck in the fall. Another cat succumbed to injuries probably from a coyote, another just disappeared. We do all that we do to make their lives the best that they can be but feral colonies are a by-product of irresponsible pet ownership. If all cats were spayed and neutered, there wouldn’t be the approximately 100,000 ferals living in Toronto.

Queenie on the boat

What I can do is take care of my colony. Winter, spring, summer and fall, rain, snow and sunshine, I’ll be out feeding my ferals. If you want to read more about my adventures in caring for feral cats, check out my blog Cherry Street Cats.

Would you like to help the cats as well? Please make a donation online via CanadaHelps to put towards the purchase of food and spay/neutering costs for the cats of Cherry Street! If you would like to help care for the cats they are in need of feeders, so please email Robin for more information: robin@nabet700.com.

Raise Funds With Us!

Bridget post dental work, now a healthy lady who is available for adoption

Toronto Cat Rescue is hosting a FUNDRAISING meeting on Sunday, February 20th at 1pm! New volunteers are always welcome! If you have great ideas, or are a go-getter who likes to lead, we would love to have you on our team! Please fill in our Volunteer Form and you will be sent more information.

We really need help, as our vet bills have been very high over the last couple of months making sure the cats are healthy for their forever families.  As always, thanks a bunch for your help and support!

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