Toronto Cat Rescue

What a difference a year makes!

We are throwing it back a year today to the spring of 2019 when TCR helped our shelter partner Toronto Animal Services save more than 400 cats from two major and three minor hoarding cases across the GTA.

In March 2019 , over 100 cats were found inside a Toronto home and thanks to the support of the TCR community, we were able to bring almost 50 cats into our care. A short time later in May, more than 300 cats were found in a single Toronto apartment. Thanks to all of you, we were able to bring over 200 cats into our foster care network and eventually help them find their forever homes.

The first picture below is a reminder of what was found and the rest are just a small sample of some of the rescued kitties now, living their best kitty lives!

These types of rescues take enormous resources – volunteer, staff and financial. Without our amazing community we simply would not be able to act as quickly as we do. So thank you!

It’s #GivingTuesdayNow and we need your help

Since the announcement of the emergency measures around the COVID-19 pandemic, as you know we have adapted the way we do business to ensure that we could continue to save cats and kittens in desperate need, as well as allow for safe adoption into forever homes. It has been critical to our staff, our board and our volunteers that this work has been able to continue. But I am concerned that we are at risk of being able to keep going in the current environment.

We desperately need your help to keep rescuing cats at immediate risk as we head into our busiest season. We may not be able to do these rescues without you.

GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that is happening today as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.


May is normally a time when Toronto Cat Rescue would be gathering together for our Annual Bowl-a-thon. This year would have been our 16th. Given the state of the world unfortunately, we can not move forward with that at this time. Aside from being a fun afternoon together with friends and family, our bowl-a-thon last year raised $40,000 at time when we most need it…kitten season. This year, those critical funds are gone.

That translates into over 300 cats that we may not have the funds necessary to help. And that’s why we are asking for your help today.

Lucky for us a longtime volunteer has stepped up to match every dollar donated!* That means every dollar that you donate counts as two. This incredibly generous gift will help us reach our goal even faster.

A gift of any amount – $25, $40 or $75 – would be incredible. If you can, please help us save as many of these lives as possible by making a donation.

* Gifts matched up to $10,000

Joey, the hero rescue cat


Joey, a rescue cat adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue, helps save his family from their very own #ThisisUs moment from a faulty crockpot.

Rescued from our partner in Quebec and brought into our program, Joey – formerly Java – was adopted from us 2.5 years ago.

What a great “watch cat” you turned out to be Joey! I hope your family is giving you lot’s of extra treats for saving the day!

Read the full story here – and thanks to the CBC for bringing us this good news when we need it!

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