Toronto Cat Rescue

COVID – 19 Update: March 25th

As an animal rescue organisation, Toronto Cat Rescue has been included as an essential service in the current State of Emergency:

71. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers.

So we have made plans for how we can keep moving forward in the new normal. We know how important our companion animals can be to our mental health, especially when isolated, so we will be moving forward with limited adoptions while adhering to very strict procedures for the health and safety of everyone. Please watch the video below from our Executive Director to learn more.


On March 18th, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency for the Province of Ontario.  “We are facing an unprecedented time in our history,” said Premier Ford. “This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and well-being of every Ontarian must be our number one priority.”

As we reported earlier, we’ve been putting in place emergency plans to ensure our volunteers, cats and staff are as safe as possible.

We have moved adoptable cats out of pet stores and our Volunteer Centre into foster homes. We have closed the Volunteer Centre for the time being. This ensures that the vast majority of our volunteers do not have to be in public spaces for Toronto Cat Rescue.

We’re fortunate to be a virtual network of volunteers and foster homes, so we can continue to save as many cat lives as possible.  We are used to working remotely, and in general, we can carry on with most parts of our program.

Earlier this week, I convened a Command Team, made up of experts and key volunteers, to make decisions as the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly affecting us in different ways and we will meet regularly until the crisis is over.

In light of the government’s latest announcement, with our plans focused on keeping our volunteers as safe as possible, we have decided to put a HOLD on in-home foster/adopter meet and greets and in-home adoptions until April 3rd when we will reassess risk. We will continue to screen potential adopters, so cats are ready when we are able to lift the hold. You can see all our cats available for adoption and our online screening process at

We will CONTINUE to intake cats from our partners, including returns, as long as we have the capacity. We are in fact taking in a couple of groups of cats over the coming days as shelters close or reduce services. If you would like to apply to be a foster home in the Greater Toronto Area or the Kitchener-Waterloo area, you can apply here:

We are diligently working on protocols for this emergency, we will keep you informed as the situation changes. 

If you have any questions at all, please let me know. I’ll make sure you get an answer. 

Thank you for your continued support for Toronto Cat Rescue, you are saving cats at risk everyday. 

Warmest regards,


We have pet store partners and volunteers who care for and adopt some of our cats directly from these stores. The majority of our cats are not in stores in the Greater Toronto Area and are adopted by people looking at the available cats on our website, following through the adoption approval process online and adopting directly from one of our many foster homes.

Toronto Cat Rescue is fortunate to be a largely virtual network of volunteers and foster homes, allowing us to continue to save cat lives throughout this emerging COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 1st, we have been in close contact with our volunteers, staff and partners ensuring protocols are in place in the event of closures, escalation or public notices as some of our work involves public spaces.

In order to keep our volunteers as safe as possible, we are taking a brief break from putting adoptable cats in pet stores in the Greater Toronto Area until April 3rd when we will reassess the entire situation. As luck would have it, March is a quiet time of the year and most of our partner pet stores cages are empty.

We are not closing or shutting down our rescue operations. We will continue to take cats in need through our intake partners. We will continue to provide excellent care for all of the cats in our many foster homes. We continue to have many cats available for adoption. And we will continue to support all of our volunteers and their health and safety.

We are working closely with the city, other like rescues, humane societies, and following reputable sources as we continue to closely monitor the pandemic as it applies to us, our cats, our volunteers and our staff. It is also important to note that there is currently no evidence to suggest that transmission of the virus between humans and cats or dogs is a risk.

Check out our website for more information about available cats for adoption:

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding!

Warmest regards,
Belinda Vandersluis
Executive Director

Lil Poundcake needs YOU!

2 year old Lil Poundcake is looking for her forever home – can she join yours? She is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and born March 1, 2018.

Lil Poundcake is a sweet, quiet cat. She likes gentle affection (often on her terms and timetable). She chirps and purrs quietly when she is happy. And she is most happy in a quiet sunny spot near people, where she can keep an eye on things (and come for pets and head scritches when she wants) but is out of any kind of chaos or hubbub. She is the most gentle sweet cat her foster parents have ever met.

Poundcake has a sensitive tummy, and needs monitoring and encouragement to eat, as she could use some fattening up. She really is THE sweetest cat imaginable, but seems to prefer to avoid other cats now. She would probably do best in a quiet home, without other pets or small children, preferably a home with someone home to give her the attention she needs to continue her socialization progress.

Special note from the foster family: Lil Poundcake just stole our hearts, and if she were happy with other cats, we would have gladly adopted her. She will be a wonderful companion and addition to the right home. In the evening she likes to hop up and lay next to our feet while we read, or walk up to us for some petting or head scratches and then settles down nearby. She really just needs some kindness, love and a little bit of patience.

View more pictures here. Lil Poundcake is being fostered in Toronto, ON

It’s back! Register today to Save Cats from the Gutter!

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Bowl-a-thon. Find your team and register today!

Every year, our community comes together for a fun afternoon of bowling, prizes, pizza and photo ops (with not-so-optional tails and ears!). Last year, we raised $40,000 for the cats.  This year, with your help, we hope to break this record and raise $50,000. You can help make it happen!

Saturday May 30
12 – 3pm
Kennedy Bowl (2300 Lawrence Ave E)

Get started today by visiting the event website:

Thanks to our lead sponsors every dollar raised will go directly to saving cats lives!

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