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!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

An afternoon at Michelle's

Michelle still has her kittens, and Spot has joined the gang, poor babies had URIs and now giardia so aren't ready for adoption yet, but at least I get to go visit them, they are so cute and sweet, I could spend the whole day in the kitten room.
Spot and Vincent
And here is a picture of another cutie, Kevin, he's Susan's foster, but is enjoying a vacation currently at Joanne's.  Hard to believe he was living outside for at least a month before we rescued him!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The mystery of the stolen kitten

Yesterday while I was at the laundromat doing cat laundry, I got one of those calls I dread, we've found a cat and the microchip traces to you.  This time it was a vet clinic, someone found a cat and brought it in, her name was Jazz and the chip was registered to me.  Well I TNR hundreds of cats so the name didn't ring a bell, I went home and looked through my records, nothing, and she wasn't eartipped and was friendly so even stranger.  I called the microchip company and they said Jazz was spayed and chipped in March 2015 at the Toronto Humane Society so I drove down to talk to someone there.

I went into intake and explained the situation and gave them the chip number.  When the intake person put the chip number in the computer, she looked puzzled and had to get the supervisor.  Well, what a story, Jazz was a kitten I took in for adoption, but she was stolen from the shelter last spring!  All this time she's been living somewhere, and for whatever reason got out or was abandoned and was found not that far from the THS.

She looks in pretty good shape, just a scratch on her face, I can only hope the people who stole her loved her and took good care of her. She is now back at THS, waiting for her second chance.  

Jazz as a kitten

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Are you tired of kittens yet?

I think I may be tiring of kittens, surely it must be fall and kitten season will end soon.  We caught the cutest little white kitten last week!  He was feral for all of about 24 hours!
Lesley is running quite the system at her place, catch the kittens, tame and assess them and move them on to foster homes.  These two are from Yonge and McPherson, their sibling was caught a few weeks ago and mom already TNRed.

I caught another of the Greenwood kittens, one left, but I'm not having any luck.  In other news, two of Joanne's older black kittens have been adopted!  Michelle's four cuties are off to the adoptathon, Susan has the grumpy mom and we think five kittens, and the cutest little orange and white guy.  Full houses everywhere, but the wonderful thing is they keep finding fantastic homes.  I hope they all live a long wonderful life, safe and loved.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Our Labour Day labours

With a spay neuter clinic yesterday, there was no rest on Monday, we had 12 spots to fill and were determined to do so.  Lesley got up early and trapped three older kittens then we met up near Greenwood and trapped the mom and one of the kittens I saw on Saturday.  Sadly they are older than we thought, at least 10 weeks so will need socialization.  Foster homes are in short supply right now!

We had an afternoon nap then went to Neilsen and Ellesmere for six o'clock and trapped 3 of 4 cats in a backyard, and then sped across Scarborough to Victoria Park before sunset to try to get more adults and kittens.  This is a big colony we've been working on for months now, progress has been made but the more you trap the harder it gets.  We did trap one tiny kitten, what a difference, at six weeks it doesn't have time to be feral, and will be accepted at THS with open arms, not the 10 week olds.

All in all, we filled 11 of 12 traps, so can't complain about that!
Six week old
Ten week old
I'm heading back to Greenwood to try to get the other kittens, the mom and kitten that we did catch had fleas so bad they had to vacuum them off!  And in other good news, Liz and Marianne caught Batmom's other kitten, so now it's just Batmom to get.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Seriously it has to stop soon!

Is it just me or does this feel like a marathon kitten season?  Even with all the TNR the kitten calls keep coming.  Via my friend Andrea I found out about a pregnant cat being fed by a couple not too far from me, oddly she had a collar but was starving when she showed up a month ago and hardly left their yard.  I went over, and she walked right into the trap.  I took her to Susan's and posted her on-line as found, she had a pretty pink collar with no ID and wasn't friendly but we did get the too tight collar off.  Susan called me the next morning to say she had her kittens!!!  Not even 24 hours safe inside.  She and her kittens are safe, and the kittens will find homes, we will see if anyone is looking for her but who lets their unspayed cat out!
Batmom, who lives at a colony near me, and seems untrappable, had yet another litter of kittens, sigh.  We managed to catch two of them but one remains at large, we are bringing in someone who nets in hopes of catching Batmom before she becomes pregnant yet again.

And another email from a mom and kittens!  I checked it out yesterday, couldn't catch the kittens, but will persevere.