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 +!



Monday, May 13, 2013

Four year anniversary

Amazingly it's been four years since I got involved with the Cherry Street feral cats.  I was just looking for a way to help out cats, and look where I am now.  I started with feeding one day a week, then we fed more, started trapping, and got involved in the cat community.  Now I feed at our colony, at others, do trapping for many people and even rescue tame cats.  My one hour a week has turned into 20 or 30 hours a week, and as a by-product of the rescue, we have twice as many cats at home as we did four years ago.

Over the four years, we have seen the colony change in size, up and down, have managed to fix all the cats, have found homes for the kittens and some of the adults, and have had our beloved cats disappear and die.  It's been almost a year since Tina crossed over and more than a year since Jackson drowned, and there were many that we just never saw again and still miss but I know all of their lives are better for my involvement.

Our patriarch Teddy is looking worse for wear these days.  He is probably more than 10 years old now, I really need to get him to the vet to deal with his fur but this weather is crazy, yesterday we fed in the hail.

Right now the colony has 17 cats so I expect and hope I still have a few more years to feed.  I've learned a lot doing this and have met so many great people.  It's certainly not something I ever imagined I would be involved in but here I am.

Teddy in better days

Teddy now

New member of the colony

MC and Pseudo

Hank and MC

Stubby
Our little foster kitten, Milo, went to live with a family down the street from us.  They adore him already, I know he will have a great life with them, but I'm heartbroken to lose him.  I am the worst foster parent ever, I think everyone who knows me was surprised I could give him up, since we have had three foster failures in the past year.  It helps that I know where he is, that's neighbour number four who has adopted a cat from me in the past year.

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  2. Congratulations on four years. How wonderful for all those cats that you got involved. Your blog has certainly inspired me, and I appreciate your help with Sal.

    Great that you found a good home for Milo so quickly. He looked like a prime candidate for foster failure!

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  3. Concatulations on 4 years of hard work & dedication. I'm so grateful you & your group are dedicated to the welfare of this colongy. and are finding many of them foster-friendly and adoptable. For years they fended for themselves until your group stepped in. Good luck with getting Teddy the care he needs.

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