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 +!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

They call me the cat broker

Two more rescues this week.  A colony caretaker I know volunteers at the food bank and a guy came in looking for food for his cat and her seven kittens.  The caretaker offered assistance and it became apparent this guy couldn't afford these cats but didn't have the wherewithal to surrender them to THS.  She contacted me and on Monday evening we went to his apartment.  By then there were only two kittens, the story was that the other five had gone to his sister on the farm.  Who knows what the real story was, but nevertheless mama cat and her two babies needed somewhere to go so into the carrier they went.  He also had two un-neutered males hence the kittens.  Unfortunately he can't afford to get them fixed either, ah the endless cycle, well it stops here for these three.  The amazing Connie took them in and it looks like TCR will take them on.  Luckily it's still not kitten season.  Poor cats are timid but they will be fine, the mama is tiny.  Connie named the black kitten Frances Jane after her beloved feral FJ who just recently disappeared.
Lily, Frances Jane, and mom 
My other rescue in which I was really just a middleman was a pregnant cat found outside in the west end.  This lovely lady was found with a collar and a leash! but her home could not be found and when the people who found her took her to the vet to check for a microchip it was discovered she was very pregnant and about to give birth.   I was in contact with them and thankfully found a foster home through ACR.  Kathy has taken her in and she will get settled before the kittens come.
At least these cats are on their journey to new forever homes.  Kitten season is looming, and I'm back to trapping next week, taking on a colony of six or seven in Scarborough.  It's a race against nature to beat the onslaught of kittens.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Adoptions galore!

I love being able to post about cats finding homes and the last few days have been full of adoptions for cats whose rescues I have been involved in.

Jimmy, the six month old tabby, found a home through Toronto Cat Rescue, after just a few weeks in a foster home.  The two abandoned and injured cats who I took to THS have found homes as well.  Jerry, the adult with the neck wounds got adopted this weekend and so did the kitten with the injured eye.  As you can see from the picture, it had to be removed, but cats manage fine with one eye, we've had two one-eyed cats.  It only took two days for this guy to get a home, 10 months old, one eye and a polydactyl, who can resist.  I remain very grateful to THS for caring for them.
Frankie, the one eye kitten, but extra toes to make up for it
And after much searching, I can happily report that Buddy and Holly, the laundry room cats have found a home with a lovely older woman in Huntsville, thanks to the article about them in the Toronto Star.  Jennifer worked so hard, fostering and advocating for them, but now they are safe and will be well loved.  Buddy is very friendly, and healthy now that he has had his dental (thanks to everyone who contributed!).  Holly remains very skittish but hopefully she will warm up over time.  At least she has her BFF Buddy and will never be chased or harassed again.
Holly, formerly Princess

Now that's a good news day! I guess I may as well confess that Ernie the other polydactyl kitten has a home too, mine.  I am such a foster failure.  I swore no more but I fell hard for Ernie, he truly is a charmer, I love his morning snuggles, and it feels like he has always been part of our family.

Monday, February 18, 2013

February is the longest month

Sometimes February feels like the longest month of the year, slogging through the cold and snow.  We spent the weekend doing the usual, mostly feeding cats.  Everything just takes longer with cold fingers and the big parka.  Here's a whole bunch of photos from the feeds.  We feed two other colonies sometimes too, so with our cats at home, it's over 30 cats a day.

Chester, Lionel and Pebbles at the dumpster feeding station
Two cats from another spot we feed
Chester is part of the gang now
Tibbs picking her way through the snow
Grey guys from another colony
Semi-Socks, who moved down the street to a nearby colony

Ernie is one of the bright spots of February.  He's so cuddly and those paws!

And I can't forget about the wonderful Show Us Your Heart campaign by Global Pet Foods, look at all those hearts, so many generous people out there.
OK, so maybe February isn't so bad.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Snow day

Well my tough ferals survived the storm although they are clearly not happy about the amount of snow, nor am I.  Thankfully Lesley and Anne got a head start and did a bunch of shovelling before we got there.  It's a big territory and most hadn't been plowed so the cats found any spots they could.

Lionel and Pebbles sun themselves on a dumpster

Lionel uses a path

Socks finds the feeding spot

Pseudo and Jet on a bare patch

It's too much for me!
And I had to share this cute picture of Ernie, what a doll he is (look at those paws!) although I'm worried about him, his belly is distended so we are off to the vet this afternoon along with one of our other cats who is having trouble walking.  I can't stand it when they are sick, they are my babies, all of them.
The orange and white adult with the neck wounds is up for adoption, apparently they were caused by severe fleas and ear mites, poor cat.  Jerry is very friendly so hopefully he will find a home soon.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

To the victors go the spoils

My cats love it when we come home from feeding the ferals, they get to lick the empty cans!

There's a big snowstorm forecasting for this evening, all I can think of is all the shovelling at the yard and hoping my ferals all find a sheltered spot.  I am weary of winter at this point.

Buddy the laundry room cat had his major dental yesterday and is doing well.  Time is ticking away and he and his super shy companion still don't have anywhere to go at the end of February.

My foster Ernie (Ernest Hemingway), is doing well, tearing around the house.  He is an absolute doll.  He is going to be a hard one to give up, I've always wanted a polydactyl.  For generations, there have been polydactyl cats living at Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West (hence the name), when we went to Key West last winter we visited twice, mostly for the cats.  I've been told the injured ones are doing well, thankfully, hopefully they will be up for adoption soon.

Monday, February 4, 2013


How could anyone abandon their cats outside in this weather?  Well somebody did.

A caring woman in Scarborough at first found two kittens outside her house and discovered that a neighbour had just moved and abandoned their cats outside.  After finding the kittens, more cats appeared, two of them injured.  Thankfully she managed to get them inside.  One poor cat is still out there somewhere.  I went out on Friday to see if I could help and discovered these cats in terrible shape, one kitten with a eye crusted closed and an adult with a terrible neck injury.  Knowing the vet bills would be in the thousands, I appealed to the Humane Society, and bless them, they agreed to take them in and treat them.  I wanted to take care of them myself but their vet bills would have bankrupted me.  I know they will be well cared for and once recovered find good homes.  The cats are totally docile and friendly but clearly severely neglected.  It was so upsetting.  All the cats are polydactyls funnily enough, I just hope they will be ok.
Kitten with an eye injury
Adult with a horrible neck wound
I also brought home one of the kittens to foster (she already had found a home for one).  This guy is healthy, well relatively, just had fleas, ear mites, and worms.  Now that those have been dealt with he's a happy friendly four month old kitten.
We're calling him Ernest Hemingway due to the extra toes.
So that was my day off (well day off from my job that pays me).

I'm very excited to announce that Global Pet Foods is supporting us with their Show Us Your Heart campaign, stores get to choose rescues to support and Donna with stores on the Danforth, the Beach, York Mills and Lower Jarvis has chosen Cherry Street.  Those donations make all the difference, and as always I thank Global and Donna for her support.

There are lots of nasty people out there like the ones who abandoned these cats but there are also lots of people and organizations trying to help cats so I will try to focus on the good and at least these ones are safe now.