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!

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.


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