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 +!



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An early morning and an empty trap

I got up early this morning, well my version of early, to try to trap more of our ferals that remain unfixed. There are a couple of black cats, and two tortishells, one of whom is very pregnant currently - sigh. The trap baited with tuna and Fancy Feast, I stood back and waited, but to no avail. A couple of cats came to the end of the trap, including this little black one, but none would go all the way in, and I had to give up after an hour and get to work. I'll try again next week.

Just when we thought we had the boat location all taken care of, and no cats left to trap, two kittens have shown up, a black one and a tortishell, probably about 12 weeks old. I can't get close to them, and realistically, it's probably too late for them to be adoptable. You really need to catch them between 6 - 8 weeks in order to be able to socialize them properly. These two could probably be socialized but it would require a lot of work. They will live at the yard with the others - two more to fix, another sigh.

Jackson and Tina wanted me to hurry up and feed them. Raccoons are eating the cats' food so the cats are always hungry now.

Here's a great picture of Teddy, the patriarch or bully, whichever you prefer.


Bit of a downer day, I long to get to the point where we have them all fixed, and it's just maintenance, but I will persevere and console myself knowing that their lives are better than they would be since they have us caring for them.

2 comments:

  1. I have to agree. I cannot stand to think of cats going hungry. Try to take one day at a time and know that you are making a difference for the ones that show up each day. It is very frustrating. We see it here too. It's never their fault, just the fault of irresponsible owners.

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  2. I can relate, I live in Brampton and one day while working my P/T job I saw 2 kittens. Those 2 kittens led me to a colony of cats and now it's been 5 yrs. I had 15 back then many died, some never came back ,lots and lots of kittens, I was inexperienced at the beginning and took them to the shelter not knowing they would be killed, took adults not knowing that either. I did it all on my own, no help from anyone, my own pocket working 2 jobs. No donations nothing. After about 2 yrs I did neet someone from an organization that helped find homes for some but i had to pay to have them fixed and revolution and everyhting so it was still a financial burden. Then they had no space so I started paying for the spaying/neutering and I would release them back. And now I have another person who from another rescue group I work with who helps me get the socialized one's homes, adopts the kittens, sterilizies the cat. I have only 8 left 3 I haven't seen in 8 weeks they may still be around, 1 kitten this year 4 weeks old that i have to catch, still very easy to catch. I have a 1yr old silver cat that is coming around I can pet her and if only given the right amount of time and patience I guarantee she would be a house pet. She was never one before. But I'm always out there rain or shine snow or not feeding them, I have 9 with the kitten, 4 at home, .... It's a lot of work and money but all they want is love. So you keep up the great work

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