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. 900+ cats helped in nine years!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday miscellanea

It's been kind of a funny week, not too much happening but a couple of good things to report.

Pat and Linda, the lovely people who adopted our Henry, have joined our group and will be feeding once a week. I'm grateful for more support. These guys are waiting every day, rain or shine, and we can't let them down.
Carol, a friend of Sandi's, generously made a donation towards Stubby and Socks vet bills. Thank you Carol! We haven't been seeing poor Stubby, I can only hope he is coming later to eat.

This is Morris, one of the newcomers, who is being seen more frequently.
The gang at Hank's get along so well, I love when they rub against each other.
Hank knows the importance of proper hygiene.
I've taken Bruno, my neighbourhood guy, in to be neutered, although I am heartbroken that I have to return him to the streets. When I awake at 5 a.m. thinking have I done all I can for him, I must repeat, I cannot save them all - he is better off than he was but I know it will be small consolation to me when I have to open that carrier on Friday and let him back outside.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Socks and Stubby go home

After 10 long days of recovery at the vet's we picked up Stubby and Socks to take them back to the yard. Stubby is the new orange guy with the injured tail who had to have it amputated.

Poor thing was so scared that he was shaking in the carrier.
Even after we opened the carrier it took him about 5 minutes before he would venture out, then he ran for it. He's such a cute guy.
Socks showed no hesitation in flying out of his carrier. He was neutered and had 5 rotted teeth removed. I did see them both the next day so hopefully they will stick around, available food is usually a pretty good motivator.
The gang at Hank's thankfully seem to be accepting of the two new orange cats. Usually ferals will not allow new cats to join their group.
I find these two pictures kind of heartbreaking, MC and Hank resting on whatever is available, sadly not a nice soft cat bed like my spoiled guys at home have.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Keep on trucking

I have to admit that I was feeling pretty depressed last night. I found a foster home to take Bruno, the cute grey and white tabby neighbourhood stray and I had his neuter all booked, but at the last minute the foster home changed their mind and I had to go tell Bruno that he had to hang on a little longer until I found him somewhere to go.

Then this lovely photo of Reggie arrived in my inbox. Reggie was a kitten who was rescued last year from our colony, now very much loved.

I had to remind myself that in the last year I've had a hand in rescuing and finding homes for more than 20 cats. I felt better after that. I will continue to try to find a spot for Bruno. I so want to take him home but we really have too many and it would be too much stress for the residents.

There are lots of homeless cats, sometimes it feels endless, but I can only do what I can do. My co-worker decided to take in an abandoned cat so today I spent more than four hours in the car driving him back and forth to the vet but well worth it for another cat to be off the street.

I'm happy to get back to feeding the colony today, it's been a week since I've seen them and I miss them. Socks will be going back tomorrow and possibly Stubby too. No time to feel down!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Whew - what a week

What a crazy few days. Last week we saw a new orange cat, then realized its poor tail was just a bloody stump. Who knows how Stubby got hurt. We tried for a few days before we were lucky enough to trap him. I don't have any pictures but he was bleeding all over the car.

He had to have his tail amputated but he should be OK in about 10 days, although he is FIV positive. Good thing Stubby found us. I think he got injured in the recycling plant, it's such a dangerous spot where our cats are.

As we were trying to get Stubby, I also managed to grab MC. She had the worst mats I have ever seen. Those are actually mats on her back end, they were like wings.
She spent the night at the vet's and got all her nasty mats shaved off. Here is her after shot.
We also trapped a black and white cat, Socks, who was neutered and had 5 rotting teeth removed. He will also have an extended stay at the vet until his mouth heals up. I thought there was only one black and white cat but I saw one today so guess we will call him Semi-Socks.
This is my poor car, filled to the brim with cats in carriers and traps.
I've been at the yard nine days straight, feeding and trapping, driving back and forth to the vet, putting up posters for my stray guy Bruno so tonight I am beat. We're going away this weekend for the first time this summer. It will seem odd not to be at the yard, amongst the flies and garbage, hope I can adjust.