Who we are

Cherry Street Cats is me (Robin), my husband Steve, Sandi, Michelle, Verena, Vinyse, Derek, Kent, and Connie, a group of dedicated cat lovers who care for a colony of feral cats in the east end of Toronto. I also have a great rescue team of Lesley, Joanne, and Susan. Together we do our best to make the lives better for feral and homeless cats and kittens. 500+ cats helped in five years +!

Friday, May 18, 2018

My backyard friends

 I was hanging out in the yard this week, and I had many visitors.  Of course there is our only outdoor cat Charlie, and we also feed the squirrels and birds.  Thankfully Charlie leaves them alone!  And there were many bees on the redbud tree, I love seeing all the creatures getting sustenance.  There was even a skunk poking around!

As much as I like raccoons, I try not to feed them directly, but there is one that comes to our back door that I just can't resist.  She has the cutest face, and she looks really old, so she gets some kibble when she shows up.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

A banner night for trapping

Lesley and I responded to an email about a mom and kittens in a backyard in the Annex.  We went over last night to assess but of course we brought traps just in case.  We saw the mom but no kittens, chatted with some residents, and thought we would have to return to try again.  We put out food for mom, and next thing we knew kittens had emerged from the garage.  I ran and got a kitten trap and boom we got two kittens.  We set up again, got another kitten, set up again and got the last two kittens.  We were amazed!  Three black and whites, an orange and a grey and white, between six - seven weeks of age.  By then we thought we would have no chance of getting the mom since she had seen the kittens trapped but we setup a trap again anyway and lo and behold ten minutes later we had her too.  Rarely does it go this well!

Even better news, we discovered mom has a home, she escaped from the apartment building next door more than a year ago, so she will be spayed and returned and hopefully will stay inside.  Of course these kittens will find loving homes!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Another little orphan

Last week, on a much nicer day, we went trapping again to our Scarborough locations.  After a number of hours we finally ended up with six cats.  Alas it turned out five of those six were males, still a good thing, but it means we have females to trap that are being difficult.

We also picked up the last two kittens from one location and were giving the last two a few more days when Larry called to say that one couldn't use its back legs.  Sadly the little orange kitten had suffered a spinal injury, hard to know what happened, maybe he fell, and had to be euthanized.  It is always heartbreaking to lose a tiny kitten.  His sister is doing well though with Susan, and we hope that if she gets the all clear she can be with Aggie, our cute little black kitten who is also alone.

Nobody said cat rescue was easy but we win more than we lose, and already we have rescued 17 kittens who won't grow up to be feral cats, but instead will have loving homes.  Now to get those moms so we don't have 17 more to rescue in a few months!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Batmom is at it again

The untrappable Batmom has struck again, last week this little kitten was spotted, seems she only had one or it's the only one that survived our cold weather.  Although the kitten looks just like Pappy (the tabby beside), Pappy is neutered so some other cat is the daddy.  Currently the kitten is in a yard the owner won't let us access, so frustrating!
Lesley and I did more trapping on Monday, after a long day we ended up with six cats from three locations, but only one was female, the males generally are much easier to trap, we still have way too many females out there.  Oh well, what can you do?  Keep trying!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our latest crop of kittens

Last week Lesley and I drove to Dufferin and Lawrence and picked up nine kittens!  Yes we were actually able to pick them up thankfully.  The moms are feral but the kittens were born in a garage so are a bit used to people.  Michelle had all of them in her bathroom overnight then off they went to other fosters, Joanne got 4 cuties.  That's 14 kittens rescued in just over 2 weeks!  Now we need to get all those females fixed so we don't have to do it all over again in a few months!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Rainy day trapping

What miserable weather we have been having!  We were planning on a mass trapping today, but the weather was not cooperating.  We trudged out in the rain anyway, and managed to get three cats, and we also picked up the cutest little kitten!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy Anniversary Floppy!

Floppy (now named Bear) is celebrating his one year anniversary of living inside.  He showed up at the colony a few years ago, fought with everyone until we got him neutered.  Then slowly he got friendlier and joined the trailer gang.  Every day he would greet us and want to be patted so last year we decided it was time for him to have a home.  I reached out to my friend Carol who I know likes older cats and is willing to work with shy cats and she said yes!  Floppy is also FIV+ but she didn't care.  He now lives happily in her condo and as you can see from the pictures (he's the black cat) has made lots of cat friends.  He's a very lucky cat!

Monday, April 2, 2018

My dumpster cats

Thankfully things have been stable down at the yard, and Lily and Minky always pop out of their shelters when we come to feed.  We still have no idea how long it will be before development starts but at least these two have a new home to go to, thanks to Verena.  Of course when the time comes the hardest part will be trapping them.  We had to remove the shelters at my other colony and it was heartbreaking but I have to remember that these cats are resilient.

Lesley and I are off again to Scarborough this afternoon, a new colony of nine or 10 cats.  The cats don't seem to know that it's a cold spring, we already have six litters of kittens that we need to rescue when they are old enough!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Meet Dot and Daisy

Here are Michelle's latest fosters, Dot and Daisy are from last week's trapping, both about six months old and totally friendly and sweet.  They have a few health issues we are dealing with but they will be fine with a little TLC and a lot of meds.

We trapped one more female from that location on Wednesday but we are only about halfway done, and the cats have gotten smart very quickly and are avoiding our traps.  Right now we are dealing with two locations both with three litters of kittens already born.  Realistically it will take a few months to get those colonies totally under control but can you imagine if we hadn't already trapped about ten in each colony?  That's how colonies go from two cats to 20+ in one year!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

New problems require new solutions

Just a quick update that of the 10 cats that were trapped last Monday, three are going into foster homes, sadly one had to be euthanized as she was very ill, and the rest went back to their "home".  We still have lots more work to do there but we made a good start.

No rest though, the problems kept piling up, first we went again to try to convince the property owner at the CG colony to let us keep the shelters and feeding stations there, or at least one or two, but he is getting too many complaints from his neighbours, so sadly as of next weekend the cats won't have any shelters or anywhere dry to eat.  It's heartbreaking the lack of compassion many people have.  We are still trying to find other spots but no luck so far.  Of course we will still feed them but their lives will be much harder.

Then I got a call from the daughter of the woman who used to live there and fed the cats in her backyard, she had taken in three cats from the colony when she moved, and continued to feed, we would visit her and the cats.  This winter she fell ill and now won't be able to return home so the cats have to be rehomed.

Lionel is a friendly old diabetic guy, we rushed him to the vet on Friday once we found out he hadn't had his insulin in three weeks.  They are just going to stabilize him and then Lynn is going to foster him!
The other two, Thelma and Houdini, are still very shy even though they have been inside for a couple of years, they will be a bit trickier to place
Houdini had to have an eye removed and was named that because the first time I trapped him he managed to escape from the trap overnight, that's why I always zip tie them now!
When I think and worry about getting older the only thing I care about is what will happen to my cats.