Here it is December 31 already and time for my annual year in review. For the Cherry Street colony, it was a tough year, we lost four cats in 2016, I guess as the colony ages it's understandable but still my heart breaks as each one passes on to the Rainbow Bridge, I worry I won't be able to get across it will be too crowded. Even typing this I tear up. First we lost our pretty Penny, just a few years old I found her dead in a shelter last winter. She was one of the cats that was relocated, and she had a tough short life.
Then last spring Lionel, one of the dumpster gang, just disappeared. Sometimes it happens that you don't see them for a few days but when it stretches into weeks you know something has befallen them.
|We will miss you Hank|
On the rescue/TNR end, it was an insanely busy year. When I start to document it all, I'm not at all surprised why I feel exhausted. Lesley Towers is a force of nature, and I am inspired by her dedication, we had a trapping team going this year, and of course I must thank all our supporters and the amazing fosters, especially Susan, Michelle and Joanne.
So many kittens this year, I've lost count, maybe between 50 and 75, some feral, some born to pregnant cats who gave birth within days, in one case hours, of being brought inside. All are now spayed and neutered and have homes! We took on big colonies in Scarborough and have made huge progress.
|My favourite 5 kittens of the year!|