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!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A good day ends badly

Yesterday started out so well, the weather was great, the sale went really well, thanks to Sandi, Connie, Carol, and Tory and the wonderful salesmanship of Robbin, Sandi's husband, we made lots of money to help our cats.  Steve had gone to feed the ferals and as we were in the midst of counting the money, exhausted but happy, my phone rang and Steve said I have horrible news.

Biffy had been killed apparently by a pitbull, but nobody at the yard would confirm the story.  The boat yard guy wouldn't give me a straight answer, and said he disposed of the body, but Harry said that's what happened.  Last year there was a pit bull chasing MC.  Now I love dogs but if I caught one harming our cats I would have taken a two by four to it.

We were all devastated about Biffy, I alternate between grief and anger.  I feel so helpless knowing I can't protect them and I worry about the others now.  Poor Biffy had just been to the vet all fixed up for winter.  The vet estimated her age at thirteen.  Teddy now only has Lily.  We could even see where she was killed, her blood on the concrete.  I've said it before but this is why I do all the TNR, so other cats don't have to live a feral life and meet a tragic end.

Sweet Biffy, RIP
Even though there are many people who don't care about cats, I'm lucky to meet many who do.  Thursday night I trapped two adults who had been dumped along with their kittens in a barren industrial area.  Of course they are tame, and I was despairing of finding fosters when out of the blue I got an email from Nicola, offering to foster.  The kindness of strangers....thank you Nicola now one of these cats has a place to go, and I may have a potential home for the other.

I'm still in shock over Biffy, she was one of my cats, and I mourn her passing, especially in such a violent manner.

Here's a picture of Betty and Lucy, two kittens who would have had the same life path as Biffy if not for the intervention of Maria.  These lucky two will have homes.


  1. Robin, I'm so sorry, how heartbreaking. Wish there was something that could be done to keep the rest safe.

  2. So sorry for your loss Robin. I know how hard it is for you to love these Kitties but not be able to be there 24/7 to protect them all. Cherish your memories of your sweet Biffy <3