This spring, Toronto Cat Rescue rushed to aid our friends at Toronto Animal Services as they managed two large hoarding situations – the first had 120 cats in one townhouse, the second with over 340 cats in one apartment. Thanks to the support from our community we were able to give over 180 cats the care and support they needed. We’re happy to let you know that almost all of the felines have now found loving forever homes.
But here’s the thing… not every hoarding situation makes the news. Since the last big rescue, we have helped out in two urgent hoarding situations; with cats that needed to be re-homed right away and given medical care – the most recent just yesterday! In each case we brought over 35 cats into our program – spay/neutered them, gave them any extra care they needed before placing them in loving homes. This is on top of our regular day-to-day rescue work; which is very busy at this time of year (kitten season). Providing this type of care to the neediest of cats comes at a high cost.
From our first in-take of 35 cats the expenses have run more than $7,000 in vet care, and we know that the second group is going to cost at least that much, if not more. We know what expenses to expect for our day-to-day rescue efforts, but you can never plan for situations like this. Therefore, we need your help.
We thank you for your ongoing support – without you, we wouldn’t be able to keep responding to these urgent requests.
Spotlight on Oatmeal
One of the sweetest kittens that we rescued is Oatmeal. The poor kitten was all alone and had lost both of her eyes to a congenital deformity due to inbreeding, rendering her blind. She is still too little for the eye removal surgery that she will need, but for now she is getting all the care and love she needs to get stronger. The surgery and follow up care she needs will cost over $2,000.
To help Oatmeal and others like her, donate today.
We are at the start of summer where people begin vacationing, enjoying the heat, and relaxing. Unfortunately for us in cat rescue, summer is also the busiest time of the year!
We are inundated with requests to take kittens, nursing moms, and bottle feeding kittens in addition to all the adult cats that need to be rescued. We are in need of new foster homes who can help by taking on foster cats or kittens for a minimum of a couple of weeks until they are healthy and ready for adoption. Fostering is a rewarding experience where you have the opportunity to save a cat or kittens in need of medical care, bottle feeding, and/or socialization and see them adopted into loving homes.
If you think you can help, please take a look at our foster home information page and fill out an application today. Thank you!
Life is better with a feline companion (or two!). Join us this Caturday at Wag on the Danforth for a fun-filled adoption event! Saturday, June 22nd from 10am – 4pm.
***Special Adoption Fees: Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes a trial of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.
Wag is a family-run shop located in the East end of Toronto on the Danforth. Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or the TTC (Woodbine station).
Wag On The Danforth, Toronto: 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263
Pictured: These adorable kittens are scheduled to be at the event!