Thank you to everyone who volunteered, bowled, donated money, sponsored, gave prizes, bought merchandise, and supported the 14th Annual TCR Bowl-A-Thon!
You raised a Toronto Cat Rescue RECORD $38,500! We are keeping the online donation link open for another week for anyone who still wants to donate, and we are reaching for that extra $1,500 to get us to a WHOPPING $40,000! This amount can help over 200 cats be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, checked, fed and loved until they find their purr-fect home.
The volunteers who put this event together are incredibly committed to helping cats that would otherwise be left behind. Belinda, TCR’s ED, shares: “I am blown away every day by their dedication and selflessness. They donate their time, their money, and their energy every day. Thank you to the Bowling Committee for being so amazing!”.
A special thank you to Healthy Pets for being the bowl-a-thon’s presenting sponsor!
Our annual Bowl-A-Thon is happening on Saturday, May 5th. It is a very important fundraiser for us because our supporters are raising funds to help cats in need… cats in desperate life saving need, like Rocco.
Rocco is one of the saddest cases of neglect Toronto Cat Rescue has ever seen. He was found in horrible body condition – emaciated, fleas crawling all over him, severely anemic and a significant heart murmur. Worse yet, there was a massive wound on the side of his head covered in dangerously necrotic tissue (we have close up pictures that we are choosing not to share as they are so heartbreaking). This boy was dying painfully. He was in such rough shape, it was hard to tell his age, but the vet estimates he’s around 6-8 years old.
Because of our amazing volunteers and supporters, miracles do happen… and Rocco was rescued just in the nick of time. It took two weeks of aggressive medical care to get him stabilized, paired with his indomitable will to survive, he pulled through.
Rocco is now putting on weight and regaining healthy colour back in his mucous membranes. His heart murmur is dramatically lower and he tested negative for FIV and Feline Leukemia. The wound on his head is mending nicely.
Rocco earned his name because he’s a champion fighter who surprised everyone with his recovery. He is currently with a Toronto Cat Rescue medical foster, receiving twice daily bandage changes. He’s a good boy with a sweet disposition. We call him our feline Rocky Balboa: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”… and we try our darnest every day to help all the cats in our care have the best life possible!
If you want us to continue to help cats like Rocco, please donate to support (all funds raised from our Bowl-A-Thon will help cats in need get a second chance at happiness… and what is better than that?).
Around the time that the world lost the great Stephen Hawking, TCR rescued a woeful looking brown tabby boy who we decided to name “Hawk” as a tribute to the renowned Physicist. With his hunched over posture, Hawk reminded us a bit of his human namesake.
Hawk tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), a virus which weakens the immune system of a cat. Just as Stephen Hawking valiantly battled his ALS, cats who are properly cared for can still live long happy lives with a good diet, low stress, indoor home, loving family, and annual vet check-ins. Hawk does not require medication. He can live in a home with other non-FIV+ cats, as the virus is only passed to other cats by blood (ie. deep bite marks).
Hawk is safe in TCR foster care. He will be available for adoption soon. His foster mom shares: “Hawk is an occasionally shy, but super sweet guy. He can be very affectionate and adores head rubs and chin rubs. His pastimes include purring, cuddling and begging for food. In fact, one of the few times one will hear Hawk meow is when he believes it is food time. An easygoing guy, Hawk is more than content to just sit close by and nap while his humans watch TV. ” But watch out… Hawk will steal your heart!