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!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sleepy cat photos

What did I do this week?  Well we found a new colony in Scarborough with six females and 16 yes count them 16 kittens!  We managed to grab four pretty easily but the others have eluded us so far.   On Monday in the heat we were scrambling in the bushes but six week old kittens are fast!  I've got a busy weekend catsitting so Susan is going with Lesley in the morning to try to get more.  Susan will be retiring soon so it's time for her to join the trapping task force.
UPDATE:  Susan and Lesley caught 10 kittens!  Darn, wish I had been there!

Twig, finally out of her cone, I'm calling her blind-ish
 Our cats are preparing for the holiday weekend by doing what they do best, sleeping....

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Best cat bed ever!

Here at Cherry St Cat Rescue, we all talk about cat beds, which are popular, which are not.  There are the expensive ones of course but they are hit and miss and then if a cat pees in them well it's hard to get that smell out.

I rely a lot on cardboard boxes, inexpensive, popular, and can be easily recycled and replaced when vomited or peed upon.  Michelle though, has found another great one, an empty litter box with a blanket in it!  And look, her foster kittens clearly agree.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summertime and the livin' is easy (substitute busy for easy)

Remember these cuties that Camille took on to bottle feed?  She rocks, look how well they are doing.

 Lesley and I took on a new trapping project on Victoria Park, lots of cats behind a housing complex, we got 7 on Monday, another dozen or so to go, but at least it's a much shorter drive than Haliburton.

 And I've been getting ready for our big sale, if you are bopping around the east end this Saturday please join us from 10 - 3, lots of great stuff for sale, to make money for the kitties!

Bunny could give lessons on taking it easy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

And now I see

Here is adorable Twig healing nicely after her surgery, she is a such a sweetheart and for sure has some sight in her remaining eye.
Love this face!
Sandi's foster, aptly named Cherry, had 3 kittens overnight on Sunday, Sandi got up Monday to find them and they all seem to be doing fine!  That will be the last litter from that Haliburton bunch.

Here are the stats for that colony: 20 kittens in foster care, 4 nursing moms still to be spayed who are at fosters, 12 friendly adults in foster care and 15 cats returned to Wonita spayed and neutered, all this in 2 months, pretty amazing what a community can do, and it's certainly been a community effort, huge thanks go out to Sandi, Susan, Michelle, Lesley, Carol, Valerie, Betsy, Megan and Annex Cat Rescue for helping this bunch of cats and Wonita, who would have had more than 60 cats by the end of the summer had we not gotten involved.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Our Haliburton horde status

This Haliburton rescue is pretty epic for us, right now we have 15 adults in foster care and 14 kittens with more to come.  We returned the grumpy moms (spayed of course) this week and picked up another female, the plan was to spay her but oops we discovered she is very pregnant, the vet said she will probably give birth within the week so thankfully Sandi has taken her and another female we hadn't gotten to had kittens in Haliburton this week, so we aren't quite done, but when you are dealing with a colony of 30 with 20 females it takes time.

Hazel, our friendly mom at Susan's, had an odd couple of days of being all growly and even mad at the kittens but she has recovered and yesterday Susan said all 8 were trying to nurse!  It's quite the scene, 8 kittens running amok.

 One of the cats we rescued was blind, and the vet had to remove one of her eyes, but he did surgery on the other, and it seems she may have partial sight!  Here she is a week ago after her surgery but I will post some after pictures, she looks much better now, and is such a sweetie, we call her Twig, all the cats have tree names, with 40+ cats to name I needed a theme.
And I had a happy update from Maximus's foster, she called him a dream!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


I'm sure you remember the story of Tig (now Maximus), he is a portlands cat who clearly was friendly, so I trapped him and he went to Michelle's but escaped through an open door and miraculously made his way back to the colony.

I've been feeding him there for the last few weeks, trying to find someone to foster him and thankfully Annex found two lovely women in an apartment (safer we hope) who wanted this handsome guy.

I went this afternoon and called for him and I could hear him meowing from the bushes.  Out he came and I just picked him up and put him in the carrier, no fuss at all.  Once we arrived, he didn't hide at all, went right to his bowl and had a snack and was totally friendly.  I love this cat!  After I left apparently he made himself at home and had a nap.  

This cat deserves a wonderful home!  Stay safe and inside my friend Maximus Tig, I will miss seeing you on my rounds but I am so happy for you.
Enjoying the attention

Having a nap

I just picked him up!

At his old home, a much more dangerous one