During June’s Pet Valu National Adoption Weekend two lucky cats found their forever home with visitors to the High Park Pet Valu. It was a beautiful summer weekend so traffic into the store was slow. However, for Terrance (pictured) and Panda, it was the best weekend they had had for a long time! Both are black, domestic short hair cats who luckily escaped euthanasia in London and made the trip to Toronto courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue.
TERRANCE, in his youthful, two2 year old exuberance, was out on a leash exploring the store when his new dad, Craig, arrived Saturday morning to buy cat food for his resident cat, Henry. Henry is a nine year old, formerly feral cat who had always relied on his recently deceased feline companion to be the brave one. Craig and his partner hoped that a friendly, outgoing cat would take on the brave role and bring Henry out of his shell once again.
Craig clearly fell in love with Terrance and thought that he might be able to help bring Henry out of his shell. He went home and came back shortly thereafter with his partner, who ultimately agreed the two cats might be good together. He then left to get the cash adoption fee while Micheline stayed cuddling and walking Terrance.
TCR’s Post-Adoption Support team is available to support adopters through the transition period that every cat goes through when they move into a new home. The transition can be difficult not just for the TCR cat, but also any resident cat (or dog) in the home. Fortunately Craig and Micheline contacted our support team and Micheline has been kind enough to give us an update one week after the adoption:
“The introductions are progressing slowly… VERY SLOWLY. The hissing has stopped and they both are well acquainted with each others smell (spending time in each other’s territories). We have had one or two successful co-treat sessions, but Terrance’s youthful exuberance leads him to chase Henry – we distract him with play and treats for both. So far we are up to three 10-minute sessions a day. Sometimes Henry retreats to the basement sometimes he is present. It’s going to be a long process. Terrance seems happy enough in his safe rooms (we transfer from day to night) and we’ve got Feliway spewing expensive pheromones in every room which has helped things quite a bit.”
PANDA is an eight year old cat. His new owner, Heather, visited the store Saturday afternoon and spoke with our screener Katie. Heather also has a nine year old cat, Gus, and had been thinking about getting him a companion, but this is a decision not to be rushed. Heather arrived back at the store late Sunday afternoon just as TCR Volunteer Arlene was finishing the adopt-a-thon clean-up. They talked for quite some time about how to introduce cats, and then Arlene gave her space as she considered the decision. Arlene then saw her pick up a litter box and she knew Panda was being adopted! A second carrier and some treats (Panda loves treats) were also purchased. Given Panda’s age, the standard adoption fee was waived, but Heather went to the ATM and donated the standard fee to TCR!
According to Heather: “Panda is settling in quite well and the two of them seem to be getting along fairly well. Panda is no longer hiding and is out and about fully now. Gus and him seem to be fine together so far. A little bit of chasing happening, which I cannot tell if it is play or not. They are both eating and doing all the normal functions, so that is good news as well.”
Thank goodness TCR has such wonderful and patient adopters. Meeting the cats and their new families, and hearing their stories makes volunteering so rewarding!
Rescue In Action Update: Thank you to our incredible supporters! Your help so far has been AMAZING! Together, we have SMASHED our fundraising goal to help save the 50 lives that were at risk of euthanasia in Quebec. We can now comfortably provide veterinary attention to all of them! And we have some great news – all 50 cats have safely arrived in Toronto just a couple of days early.
The phenomenal help you have provided us with so far has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, and has shown us the things we can do as a community. With this final push, we can finally make sure each and every one of these cats find the home they deserve – and together, we will make it happen. On behalf of everyone at TCR and the cats themselves, a big thank you to all our supporters!
Toronto Cat Rescue needs your help! SPA Quebec’s shelter in Montreal is overflowing with cats this season and 50 cats need a new home FAST! Please, this is their last chance; the shelter cannot accept new arrivals due to overcrowding and will be forced to euthanize if they are unable to move these precious lives to a new location.
TCR is the only organization who can answer this distress call, but we cannot achieve this goal without your help!
Time is of the essence and we need to act fast! We are aiming for a transfer date of Thursday, July 6th and we do not want to leave a single cat behind at the shelter. We desperately need you to help us fill up that transport truck!
FOSTER: If you can foster one or more of them, even just for two weeks, please contact us immediately. Foster homes provide TLC, food and litter. TCR will cover all medical costs, if needed.
DONATE: If you cannot open your home to one of these cats, please consider making a donation to sponsor one of them. The cats will require a basic physical exam and rabies vaccination if they are over 4 months old. There are bound to be other unforeseen medical concerns such as dental work. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $5,000 for this rescue. Please consider sponsoring 1 cat for $125. It’s a small price to pay for saving a very precious life!
Toronto cat rescue will take care of all the effort needed to ensure the safe harbouring of these precious lives. With your help, we can save ALL of these lives. Please give us your support!
Pictured: BUDDY – she would love to be safe and loved because of you.
Update: Thank you to the amazing folks at Wag on the Danforth for hosting a successful adopt-a-thon on Saturday – we had 8 adoptions! Thank you also to all our volunteers who donated their time and support for this event.
Pictured: QUINN wasn’t adopted from the event, so she is patiently waiting to meet you at Pet Valu Kingsway, Etobicoke: 4242 Dundas St W. / 416-234-0326. She is spayed, vaccinated, and born June 9, 2015. She’s very sweet and loves chin and face scritches! Read more about her here!
Time to add a cat to your family? We would love for you to join us on Saturday, 24th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with “Wag on the Danforth”! Wag is a family-run business in the east end of Toronto. Located at Danforth Ave. & Woodbine, Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or TTC (Woodbine station). We will have a lots of felines waiting for their forever families to adopt them… please open your heart and home to a cat who needs you.
Special Adopt-A-Thon Fee Only: $100 for cats over 8 months of age (vs. $175). For cats 8+ years old the adoption fee will be waived, in lieu of an adoption fee of the adopter’s choice. The adoption fee at the adopt-a-thon is payable by cash only. This ensures that the cats that come into our care receive the medical attention they need, are spayed or neutered, vaccinated (and receive a rabies vaccination if age appropriate). Our fee also includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. If you are a resident of Toronto, the adoption fee also includes a 1 year cat license.
REMEMBER: When you adopt a kitty from Toronto Cat Rescue you save two lives; the one you adopt and the one you make room for!