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!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This says it all!

Except I never have time to take naps.....

Saturday, March 26, 2016

This week's news!

As usual, it was a busy week, and I have lots to report, starting with the fantastic news that Lini has been adopted by a wonderful couple.  Lini was one of the new portlands cats, she was living in the same spot as Betty and Winston.  Now she has a home!  How fantastic is that!
Lesley and I went to the Scarborough colony earlier in the week and scooped up four of the cats there to be spayed and neutered, just three females to go.  It turns out both the tabbies that are now at Michelle's are females and thankfully weren't pregnant, now that they are spayed the real taming begins.

With three recent adoptions, there was space at Susan's AirB&B for cats for another, so we welcomed Smokey.  What a sad story he has, his person died in January and he's been alone in an apartment since then.  He's matted and confused and a bit growly but I think he will be fine once he settles down.

At home, our own kitten catastrophe crew was hard at work, helping unset the table before our company arrived.  I won't even mention the food they stole!

For those of you wondering about Arrow, I haven't trapped her yet, but she is eating AD recovery food mixed with warm water into a soup (well unless one of the other cats steals it) so she is at least getting some food.  The only downside to this is that the food is over $3 a can but anything to keep her alive.  I'm going to try again this week to get her....

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A sunny Sunday at the colony

It was chilly today but at least it was sunny!  I haven't managed to trap Arrow but I've been giving her cat milk and mixing up A/d recovery food with warm water and at least she's been able to lap that up, so I feel a bit better that she's getting some nutrition at least.  I wish she would let me help her!
Floppy has made himself at home
Some of the home colony, look what happens when you put down a box
And more of my babies!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Terrific or terrible tabbies? - only time will tell

I was contacted about a large group of cats in Scarborough, same old story, they started feeding two, then they had kittens and now last year's kittens will be having kittens.  The townhouse management is complaining so the residents have reached out for help.  The cats will actually come into the feeder's house so I had high hopes but when I went to visit them I couldn't touch them or get close, it's one of those situations where the cats are friendly with their caretakers but probably not adoptable by anyone else.  Or maybe in an ideal world where we had lots of time and socialization foster homes and really patient adopters who don't mind shy cats but those are far and far between.

Still I decided to take the two youngest who are about seven months old and see if they are tameable. It's too soon to tell about them, but we have some serious TNR work to do and fast there are multiple pregnant cats there and one already had kittens a week ago.  If we can get everyone spayed and neutered hopefully that should appease the complainers.
Can you say unneutered male?

Tabbies in the house of the feeder

Let's hope these tabbies can be tamed!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to trap Arrow

Seven years I've been feeding and I still can't get within ten feet of Arrow.  Distressingly the last two weeks she has been running from feeding dish to dish meowing but not eating.  I suspect there is something wrong with her mouth but I have been trying to trap her to no avail.  The other day I had four traps in various locations and the drop trap out and she wouldn't go near any of them.  I wish she would let me help her!
The rest of the cats are enjoying the early spring, and today they left me a tip!  I found a 20 dollar bill by one of the bowls!

In our rescue world, Susan's fosters, Pamela and Sophia have been adopted, and I'm preparing to fill those rooms again.  Thanks to the mild winter and Michelle and Susan opening their doors and Annex helping out, since January we've been able to rescue 8 cats from the Jane and Finch colony, the three abandoned cats from Seaton Street, Clarence who was left in an apartment building, Lini and Winston from the portlands colony, Wheezy from Rexdale, I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Introducing Posey!

The first kitten I rescued in 2016 may also be the cutest kitten of 2016.  This is Posey, she's about 10 weeks old isn't she adorable.  Lucky Joanne gets to foster this fluffball until the deluge of adoption requests start.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

White cats for a snowy night

Have I mentioned how much I hate snow storms now?  Even though I'm happily tucked away inside I can't help but think of all the homeless cats outside in this, I hope they have found cozy spots to wait it out, and I dread the shovelling tomorrow, all the shelters and feeding stations snowed in.

I remain thankful for the cats I have been able to help, who aren't outside in this dreadful weather....
Bunny, who lived behind Marineland and has been with us for two years

Oliver and Stanley!