Who we are

Cherry Street Cats is me (Robin), my husband Steve, Sandi, Michelle, Verena and Kent, 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 +!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Good news updates

Good news to report all around!  We caught the last kitten, she's the one on the right, isn't she a stunner!  They definitely need some taming but they are young enough to be socialized and find homes.
And little Frankie with the wounds seems to be on the mend, he had a couple of bad days last week but he's on a stronger antibiotic now and his wounds are healing up and he's getting around better. That face!  I can't bear how cute he is....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2 pigeons, 2 adults and 5 kittens!

Yesterday was a busy trapping today, back at two locations we've been to before.  At our Donlands spot we found out that there were four kittens, and we managed to trap two of them.  That seems to be our average these days, get two kittens and then have trouble getting the other two, sigh.

Then we were down off Queen trying to get a couple of adults and a litter of kittens, we had never seen them before but restaurant staff were feeding them.  For the first time ever, I trapped pigeons! Guess they like cat food, sigh.  After we release them and Lesley shooed them away, we did trap the momma cat, but no sign of the kittens.

We went back around 9 just as the light was fading and there were kittens all right.  Quickly we trapped three but we were unable to get the fourth.  It was heartbreaking to leave one behind but it was too scared to come out.  So that's five kittens!  Probably all around 8 - 10 weeks old, great news but now we have to place them!  And of course get the ones we didn't get.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tiny wounded kitten rescued!

I'm sure it seemed like a good idea, she wanted a kitten, and here was a cute one for sale on kijiji for $75, so she took it home, thought it was 9 weeks old, went to the store, bought food, a brush, shampoo, kitty earwipes, and then discovered it had wounds on its legs and was having trouble walking.

Having no money to take the kitten to a vet, she posted the kitten on kijiji, saying she needed vet attention.  So what did I do when I saw this, you know the answer, I got in the car (and with Susan as my bodyguard) drove to Jane and Finch to get the kitten.  The girl came out with this darling baby in a little bed.  An hour's drive and $50 later I had myself a kitten but one who first of all was not 9 weeks all, and secondly desperately needed medical attention.
We took her immediately to our vet and she only weighed 500 grams, I could feel all her ribs and she has two infected wounds on the joints of the inside of both her back legs.  I wish I knew how this happened or maybe I don't want to know.  At least she is safe and is on pain meds and antibiotics, and one of the vet techs took her home for the night to monitor her.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

More of our cats!

I couldn't resist sharing these pics Joanne sent me, she is fostering these two adorable kittens we trapped at Leslie and Finch.  The other two and the mom have eluded us, they disappeared after we rescued these two but are back now eating at their spot, if only they knew what a wonderful life could await them.  Let's take bets as to how long after posting these boys will be adopted!



And then there's Minnie, sigh, rescued from a unsavoury rooming house situation.  She hid for the first five days at Susan's then became friendly.  We just moved her to a new foster who she promptly bit.  Seems like it's a case of overstimulation, let's hope we can sort her out, she's a nice cat but who knows how she was treated before.


Happy Canada Day!  It's a good country for cats, thankfully we have lots of resources and caring people here!

Friday, June 23, 2017

A houseful!

Thank the cat gods for Susan!  She certainly has a houseful right now!  Her five kittens are now about 10 weeks old and all spayed and neutered and ready for adoption.  Good thing, because Kathy and I went out Wednesday night to try to get the untrappable Batmom's kittens.  We crawled through the shrubbery and there they were beside the shelter.  I grabbed, Kathy grabbed, we had four, then we saw one tiny tabby and managed to get it, five kittens safe!  We rushed them over to Susan's, they are about 4 weeks old, but such a difference, two were 400 grams and the tiniest was only 250 grams.  So much for Susan sleeping, she's back to bottle feeding, but I'm so glad these ones are rescued!

Five kittens ready for new homes

One of the new batch

The tiniest

Me doing a guest bottle feeding

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kittens and no more kittens

I am so tired, it's been an insane week or two but very productive.  I was tagged on Facebook about two kittens that showed up in a yard in Scarborough.  Jamie started feeding them and playing with them but they were too big and wily to catch.  Off we went Thursday night, easy peasy, we used a stick and string with a trap and had them both within ten minutes.  They went to the vet and then to a foster home and are doing well, can already be patted so they will be just fine!  Wish they were all that easy.

 We have also been helping a woman who lives pretty close to me, it's a maddening situation, she feeds four ferals that go in and out of her house, for years they have been breeding and she gives away the kittens.  She only reached out for help because she is moving.  We were able to trap all the cats (all females!) now they are spayed but I worry for their future, and she seems to have no plan for them.  Sadly none of them are at all adoptable.  I won't think about that today because I don't have a solution.

And yesterday we had our annual yard sale!  It went really well, it's a lot of work, but all the money goes to helping all the cats in our care.
No rest for me, they've torn down Mystery's awning, so have to figure out something for her!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

More trapping!

Last week was busy with Port Perry, this week we returned to our city projects, and last night went west to Lawrence and the Allen to help Elysse with a colony on her street.  With the late afternoon traffic it took almost as long as Port Perry!  Even with the rain we trapped six cats, but with the excitement and the wet weather I totally forgot to take photos.

Carol sent me this fantastic picture of Floppy (now Bear), this makes me so happy.  Doesn't he look relaxed and like he belongs!  This is why I do what I do!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mass trapping in the country

Yesterday our dream team of myself, Lesley, Susan and Sandi headed northeast an hour out of the city to help out with a mass trapping at a barn.  It was a beautiful morning to help cats!

Farmer Ron has a large colony at his farm but wanted to get them spayed and neutered thankfully. Quite a few cats were inside a building and Susan managed to lure many of them into traps and we trapped a few more outside and rescued three little kittens!  By the end of it, we had thirteen adults and three kittens to drive back into the city, leaving only a few adults unfixed but there were a lot of calicos and torties in our bunch so lots of females.  Sadly most of the kittens who had been born this year had died so we were glad to get the ones we could, there were two other little black kittens we just couldn't catch.  We loaded up just before a thunderstorm hit, today they will all be spayed and neutered and then returned in a few days.  The farmer seems to genuinely like them and feeds them twice a day.  It was definitely well worth the drive!





Thursday, May 25, 2017

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I always turn off my cell phone at night so I don't hear the annoying pings of the texts coming in at all hours.  This morning I turned on my phone to find way too many texts!  There had been a massive fire at the recycling plant where our colony is.  It happened overnight, there were 40 fire trucks at one point.  Of course I was worried about my kitties but it was pouring rain this morning, not the best time to look for cats and access was blocked this morning.

This afternoon when the rain let up Sandi and I went down and had no trouble getting in and thankfully saw all our cats!  Hank's gang was a bit stressed, those trucks and sirens must have been terrifying and there is a lot of cleanup going on, but they still wanted to eat.  They are survivors!
Down the road at Sadie and Misty's spot it was all flooded, what a day.

It makes me so happy when I get these updates from Carol, look at our Floppy, no rain or scary sirens for him, just enjoying the view from his condo window.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mom and kittens saved!

Another urgent plea went out this week about a mom and kittens in a yard near Yonge and Eglinton.  I was feeling a bit overworked but called the homeowner, she is allergic so wasn't willing to do much but thankfully she had a cat loving friend who lived nearby who I connected with.

With some encouragement and guidance, Melanie was able to grab two of the kittens and then Friday afternoon we went and trapped one more and the mom.  That left one little one all alone, Melanie tried all that evening but no luck, the poor thing was probably so scared.  I worried all night.  Melanie had the other three kittens in her bathroom and she went back first thing Saturday morning.  She was about to pack it in after a few hours when boom last orange baby in the trap!  Case closed!

The kittens are about 8 weeks I think, they just need a bit of socializing, and we will have to see if mom is friendly.  It really makes a difference when someone in the community is willing to get involved.