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, October 30, 2013

This week's offerings

Take a look at this week's cuties.  Aren't these kittens absolutely adorable?  These ones certainly won't have problems finding homes.

This is Indy, she was eating in caring woman's backyard in Scarborough and she reached out for help.  Although she was a bit shy at first she has really come along thanks to Joanne.

I got a call from Connie yesterday, she went to feed her colony and found this guy huddled beside the feeding station.  He walked right into a carrier and so off he went to the vet and hopefully his next step will be a foster home.  A pre-Halloween dump perhaps?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tabby love

I went to visit Michelle's foster kittens the other night.  She has six! tabby kittens, and somehow she can tell them apart, I didn't have much luck.  Even though they are almost ten weeks old they are still tiny things but doing very well, Michelle is a great foster mom.  

I met a cat someone has been feeding for a while to assess and see if I could help.  He is a sweet cat, shy but clearly was somebody's pet at one point but has been out for quite some time.  Unfortunately I don't have an immediate solution but I hope somebody can help him out.
I totally forgot to note that it's been four year since I've been blogging.  Four years of feeding ferals, four years of trapping and rescuing.  That made me tired just writing it, must be the time of year.  My trapping is almost wrapped up for the year, I think I've TNRed almost 70 cats in seven months.  Time to put away the traps and get the shovels and handwarmers out.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cleaning up

I just realized it's been a while since I posted.  It's the clean up time of the year, finally less kittens being born, the days getting colder, the darkness coming on faster, and time to get everyone settled before winter sets in.

Toulouse and Poppy I can happily report have found a home with a lovely family and best of all they get to stay together.  Storm and Blue, two other rescues have found homes.  Still 10 more kittens looking for homes, Michelle has six and Susan has two.  Just working on getting them totally healthy.

My trapping is winding down for the season, almost all of Gloria's colony is done, and I've taken her shelters so the cats will have someplace warm.  We've been cleaning up down at the yard and sprucing up the shelters with fresh straw.  I hate the winter for the cats sake (and mine for feeding in it).

So it's been a lot of miscellany, I just took in a lovely cat who seemed to be abandoned, but his person has popped up so he has to be returned even though it's not the best of homes.  Those situations are always hard.

It's always heartbreaking at this time of the year seeing cats abandoned or living outside, I got an email today about an orange guy down by the Don River, clearly not where he is meant to be.

The only upside to this time of the year is getting to turn on my gas fireplace.  Maggie, who three years ago was living in the colony, now curls up in front of the fireplace every time it is on.  Lucky cat!
Maggie in her  previous life, now safe and warm
Sorry for the snow photo, I know it's way too soon to even think of it, but I did get a Christmas flyer on the weekend.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Toulouse and Poppy need a home!

These two cuties are available for adoption.  They were living in a window well a month ago with their mom caring for them.  Thankfully I was able to rescue the little family and Nadia and James have been fostering them.
Poppy and Toulouse
It's hard to have compassion fatigue when there are still kittens and cats out there needing help.  My vet called me today, one of their clients came in with a pregnant cat they found and of course he called me. I've been sending out emails trying to find her a place to go....

And tomorrow I'm going to check on a new situation.  Maybe I just need to drink more caffeine.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Compassion fatigue

I was reading about something the other day called Compassion Fatigue, it happens when caregivers get overwhelmed, I think I'm suffering from it, from the exhaustion of feeding, trapping and rescuing cats.  I'm just plain worn out after TNRing 61 cats and rescuing 127 adoptable ones this year, almost double what I did last year.  I need a break, I guess luckily kitten season is almost over.  I trapped two more females at Gloria's Thursday night.  Just when I thought all the kittens were out of there and only one more female to do, I received a call from a neighbour yesterday saying there was a kitten in their yard.  One more to go!

It's time to get the ferals ready for the winter, and get their shelters restuffed with straw.  I've noticed they are eating a lot more right now, fattening up for the winter.  I love this time of the year but I'm not looking forward to winter, for both my sake and for the cats.  I guess the only upside is a break from kittens.  Maybe it's time for me to retire and just take care of my colonies, we'll see how long that will last.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

One saved and one lost

I caught yet another tabby kitten last night, she was a feisty one.  I really hope that is the last of the kittens, and hopefully my last kitten rescue for the year.  I've got kittens everywhere and vetting them isn't cheap but it's hard not to feel happy that another life has been saved.

Unfortunately my friend Connie lost one of her beloved ferals yesterday.  I saw a Facebook post about a cat hit by a car and killed and based on the location I instantly knew it was one of Connie's.  I had to call and tell her the news, that was one phone call I did not want to make.  She has been feeding Tess for over 10 years.    Those of us with colonies know, the cats we feed are like our own, but we can't be there to protect them.

These four cuties will not meet that fate, Maria rescued them from her laneway, they belong to the last female of her colony who has proven to be extremely hard to trap.  These lucky kittens will end up in homes, where hopefully they will live out their days loved and safe.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I can't even do the math

Will the parade of grey tabbies never end?  Michelle is currently fostering seven of them!  Five are from one litter, we brought the feral mom and kittens in when they were just days old.  Mom didn't turn out to be the best mother, in fact, the kittens are doing better now that they are separated from her, they were underdeveloped for their age.  Who knows how many would have survived if they had stayed outside?
Little Pip
The other two are from the same spot but just recently rescued, it's ironic that they look so much better.

In the last few days we have grabbed three more tabby kittens from that colony, and still there are one or two more.  I'm close to getting the colony under control, two females away from no more kittens.

In the last four months I have TNRed 17 cats from that colony and rescued 23 kittens.  Can you imagine how many cats there would have been by next year had I not got involved?