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!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 year in review

The last few years I've done a year in review, this year feels like it's been a blur, I continued my work with the colony of course but upped my TNRing and rescue work, I've lost track of the numbers but I think I've hit more than 200 cats either TNRed or rescued/adopted, and all of those were spayed and neutered too.  I probably took on more than I should have but it's so difficult to say no to cats in need, and I feel privileged that I was able to help so many.   I couldn't have done it without the assistance of many to whom I'm supremely grateful and I wish I had the space to thank them all but I must thank Joanne and Connie for their invaluable help, truly I could not have done it without them, to all our feeders, Sandi, Marisa, Tory, Michelle and Avril, to the foster parents including Kathleen, Michelle, Nikki and Susan.  Thank you to Donna at Global Pet Foods and Toronto Cat Rescue and Toronto Humane Society for their support, and thank you to everyone who donated.

I TNRed a few large colonies this year and in the process rescued a lot of kittens.  25 came out of Gloria's yard as I got all 19 of her ferals fixed over a few months.  It's extremely satisfying fixing whole colonies.  I also did some outreach work with lower income people with multiple cats, helping them rehome the kittens and get the cats fixed.

It was a year that brought me to my knees a few times, whether from exhaustion or being overwhelmed or dealing with difficult people and I always swear at least once a year that I'm done, but how can I be. There is still work to be done, time to turn the calendar and persevere.

In the colony, the start of this whole thing, things have been relatively stable.  Chester was adopted by Pat and Linda in the spring but in September we had the tragic death of Biffy, killed by a dog.

It's time to introduce the new members of the Cherry Street colony, I've been putting off writing about this until I knew the outcome.  Relocation is a dicey thing and best avoided, but these cats ended up at Animal Services and simply couldn't be returned to where they had been trapped so I agreed to take them and relocate them, I'm pleased that they have stayed, and have found the shelters and food we have supplied them with.  They are young females, and as with all of them I will do my best to care for them.  


Happy New Year to all the cat lovers out there!  There's nothing better on a winter night than having a bunch of cats snuggled in bed beside me purring away.


  1. Happy New Year to you and your husband, all the feeders, fosterers and donors who support your work. You are an inspiration, so many cats have better lives because of you.