Many caretakers live in apartments or other situations with no room to keep a cat or multiple cats, pre and post-surgery. Feedback from colony caretakers identified the lack of recovery space as a significant obstacle to TNR efforts. This feedback pushed the City of Toronto and the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition to address the shortfall of a space to recover cats.
In early December 2012, the Recovery Centre opened in a City of Toronto complex in central Scarborough, close to the Toronto Animal Services east shelter. Here, volunteers from Toronto Cat Rescue provide a safe and healthy space for feral/stray cats to recover from their spay/neuter surgery, prior to being returned to their colonies.
Besides the important work of providing a safe and secure place for cats to recover from spay neuter surgery, the Centre is also a place for caretaker support and for Coalition members to neatly store organized supplies and materials pertaining to TNR and feral cats. The Centre also has a trap bank to provide traps to colony caretakers and trappers who do not have access to them otherwise and has shelters available for purchase. Intake is by appointment only, so please visit their website to complete a reservation form. All cats must arrive in traps and will remain in traps during their recovery period.