Update: Shelly has been adopted!!
At just a couple of weeks old, Shelly’s mom was hit by a car, leaving her an orphan. Luckily for her, a very kind neighbourhood resident brought Shelly into her home, where she happily lived for over 20 years. In a sad turn of events, Shelly’s human mom also passed away, and now at 20 years old Shelly is looking for a new home.
All Shelly wants is a warm spot where she can lounge in comfort. She is not demanding, has perfect kitty manners and is remarkably healthy for a lady her age. She is not on any medication, and other than missing all her teeth, you would never think Shelly is as old as she is. Shelly tolerates calm cats and dogs, but adores humans. She loves to butt her head up against yours and give you kitty kisses on your nose. As soon as you go near her she hops up from her bed and dances in circles around you until you give her pets. Shelly has a lot of spirit and just wants a quiet home where she can spend her retirement years being pampered and loved.
Please spread the word to all potential adopters that have an extra big hearts and lots of love to share with Shelly! In lieu of our standard adoption fee, a donation of your choice is greatly appreciated – we just want her to be adopted into her special home.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By A Cat For A Cat
Love that warm, cozy feeling when your human pets you? Capitalize on it TODAY (because it is Valentine’s Day) with a fabulous mind game! After you’ve had your fill of petting, carefully and meticulously clean off ALL the remnants of human scent from your stunning fur. Extra points for “annoyance ears” while going about your washing. More points for cleaning her hand before she pets you. Some more obtuse humans might think it’s a gesture of love, but the savvy ones will get the message.
Psst – Remember, NO Valentine’s Day chocolate for us fabulous felines, it’s really bad for us! Stick to indulging in feline friendly treats and catnip… plus then you don’t have to share with your humans! Read more: Chocolate Toxicity in Cats and Dogs