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 +!

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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ten cats trapped!

I have to say that I was happy to settle down this evening with a cup of tea, it was a long day, catsitting on each end, and a day of trapping in the middle.  We went out to that large colony in Scarborough, it was a chilly day but we managed to trap nine cats, there are still at least eight more to trap, and a few kittens who will need rescuing once they are older, but we made good progress today.
 One pretty young female, I basically shoved her into the trap.
 And Jim a short distance away managed to get another cat from his small colony.
I have yet to be able to get a good picture of a cat in a trap, this one below is the same one as the cat rubbing up against Larry's legs above.

Friday, March 9, 2018

It's been quite the week!

Well we are back to work and with a vengeance!  It may not officially be spring but it is for cats, lots of pregnant cats and kittens already being born.  Our week started last Sunday at Dufferin and Lawrence helping with a 20 cat colony, Lesley and I packed up a mom and four 2 week old kittens and took them to a foster, meanwhile another cat was giving birth, and about three quarters of the colony was thankfully being TNRed.

Then Monday we went to two locations to trap, at the second one the first thing we saw was this kitten with a badly injured leg.  We were able to trap her, a sibling and the mom who oddly also was limping.  Five traps full we headed to the recovery centre and the cats went to the clinic the next day.  From location one we had a male and an already spayed female, strange because she was new to the feeders.

Then we got the call we always dread.  The worst news first, momma cat had a tumour on her paw and was in bad condition so very sadly had to be euthanized.  Our other cat, who they thought to be about six months old, had what appeared to be a birth defect, but must have been touching the ground as the bottom of the paw was abraded and infected.  The only thing to be help her would be amputation and because she was feral they recommended euthanasia.  Lesley and I said no, we wanted to give her a chance so we took her to our trusted vet.  They agree that an amputation is necessary but we hope and believe that since she is only six months old that she can recover from her surgery and become tame and live a happy life inside.  We had the best three legged cat who was missing his front leg!  Animals are much more resilient than people!  They never feel sorry for themselves.
 Before we could even take a breath, we were contacted about a colony in Scarborough with about 20 cats.  We went there this morning and sure enough, there are 20 cats, fed and loved by Larry the former firefighter, but they are in desperate feed of spay and neuter.  There is already one tiny kitten with a mom in the garage and by the looks of a few cats there will be more kittens and likely before we can get there to trap them all.

To top it off, they moved a bunch of dumpsters at the yard and destroyed some shelters, it's all in transition there so I have to figure out a new spot for Lily, Tibbs and Minky to eat and sleep.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

While I was out

Many mornings I get up and go directly out to my catsits, and one day last week my cats decided breakfast was way too late and took matter into their own hands.  One of them (and nobody is telling) knocked down a container of dry food from the counter.  Thankfully for them it opened, leaving them with a buffet.
Of course they still wanted their regularly scheduled meal!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A taste of spring

This sure doesn't feel like the end of February, but hey I'm not complaining!  It's great for humans and cats alike.

Kent sent this great picture of MC that he took yesterday.  I've known MC for almost nine years!  Everyone always remarks on how beautiful she is, I think so too!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The best job and the hardest job

Right now Susan has one of the best jobs out there and one of the toughest too!  For over a week now she has been bottle feeding six kittens.  By the time she finishes it's time to start all over again!  Thankfully they are now drinking from a saucer and soon will be on to solid food.  The best part is watching six tiny kittens play and have them climb all over you.  I love visiting to get my kitten hit.
Her cat Gregor is being a wonderful uncle to the kittens.  Funnily enough it always seems to be the males who prefer hanging out with the kittens.

 After three days of trying to trap mom with no luck (we tried tuna, KFC, even a kitten) we have given her a break but Lesley is going in tomorrow morning.  She can't live in a parking garage, it's just a matter of time and patience.

Speaking of hard jobs, sometimes the job of colony caretaker can be one of the worst.  I feed at a laneway colony where there are 10 cats, and for the last few years we have been fortunate enough to use a resident's parking area for feeding stations and shelters.  Now the cats are being evicted and we have to scramble to find somewhere else, and that's not an easy task.  The thought of them not having shelters or somewhere dry to eat breaks my heart.
Time to go door to door and hope somebody will help us....