Who we are

Cherry Street Cats is me (Robin), my husband Steve, Sandi, Michelle, Verena and Kent, 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. 500+ cats helped in five years +!



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our new rescues

Meet our newest rescues!  Cisco is an older kitten who was rescued from an autobody shop and is being socialized.  He's come a long way and is now enjoying being held and purrs!
And then we have Gigi, well that is her name now, we will never know her real name because she was abandoned.  One of our colonies is near an apartment building and a tenant told us her sad story.  He tried to take her in but his cat didn't like her so she was being fed in the yard, supposedly she is 10+.  Well Jackie and I couldn't bear that so thanks to Susan offering up a spare room we were able to get her in to safety!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Some are easy, some are well impossible

It's been a busy catsitting time, I've gone more than six weeks without a day off, so I've had less time for trapping, but I did do a few local ones.  A new cat showed up at the 7 colony about a month or so ago, clearly male, so I decided it was time to get him neutered.

I showed up and he was sitting beside the feeding station, I set up the trap and barely got back to the car before he went in, one of the fastest ever.  Poor Herb was terrified at the clinic and hasn't been seen since he was released, I hate it when that happens, but I hope he is smart enough to be hanging around and comes and eats after we leave.  Update: just hours after I posted this I saw Herb around the corner at Mystery's!
Then there's Batmom, the nemesis of every trapper.  She's had litter after litter and is incredibly smart.  I was feeding her in a new spot recently and had hopes that Liz our master netter could get her.  Here she is out in the open with me just a couple of feet away but as soon as Liz showed up with the net Batmom was out of there, she knew something was up, and no amount of hunger was going to bring her back, sigh.
Guess I will be rescuing another batch of kittens in about six weeks or so....

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The dangers of dental floss

Last weekend Oliver wasn't eating and was vomiting, at first I didn't worry because occasionally that will happen and the cat recovers but when day two came and he still wasn't well I was worried and then Steve mentioned that he had seen Oliver digging in the bathroom garbage.

Thankfully one of our vets was open Sunday and he took an x-ray and sure enough his intestines were bunched up indicating he had swallowed something.  They sedated Ollie and found dental floss under his tongue!  As the vet explained, sometimes when you release it the floss or string or whatever can then pass through but not necessarily and there was a chance he would need emergency surgery.  Needless to say, we were extremely upset.  We took him home and watched him every minute, thankfully there was no more vomiting and he perked up and started eating.  I think we are now almost at the point where we can stop being concerned that it's probably passed through but he could have died and/or had to have very expensive surgery.  I felt like the worst cat mom ever, now our floss is secured.  Our little sweet boy is only three so I hope to have many more years with him.  

So be careful, you never know what a cat will get into!
Oliver and Blinky

Oliver and Apollo

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Odds and sods of kittens

Even though summer is winding down the kittens keep coming!  This week's trapping provided us with an odd assortment of kittens, one cute tabby before the cops were called and Lesley was ordered off the property, a cute little orange guy from a colony in a residential neighbourhood and older black kittens from an autobody shop.


We also trapped two females that we were trying to get for quite a while so it was a good week!  Well not as much for Lesley since she has the black kittens in her living room and they have liquid diarrhea!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Furever homes for these lucky cats!

We had some great news recently, we found wonderful homes for three of our special rescues.  Licorice and Hershey were living in a barn, so were so friendly we couldn't leave them behind and Hershey has a birth defect to her paw, it hasn't prevented her from playing though.  We figured out Licorice is her mother and they are so cute together.  A lovely couple adopted them and they will have a great life with them!


 And of course you remember little Frankie?  At one time in danger of dying from an infection due to wounds on his legs, he made a full recovery and just last week Jess drove all the way from Brantford to adopt him, he's been making up for lost time, playing like a fiend.
I'm over the moon happy for these three fantastic cats and I wish them a long and happy life!  This is the great part of cat rescue.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Our wobbly girl

Our latest big job has been a large group of cats in a laneway behind an apartment building.  They are fed by residents but don't seem to have homes so we came in and caught eight in one night, another eight or so to go.  One of them is this adorable white cat who has mild CH, she is a delight and so doesn't belong on the street!  Meet Annabelle!
video

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My ferals in July

I don't post much about the colony because thankfully for the most part things are stable but I thought I would share some pictures taken last weekend, I still feed at least three days a week, I love these cats as much as the ones in my home!
Mystery

MC

Stubby



Jet

Tibbs

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tiny kitten in danger!

Yesterday we got an email about a tiny kitten who was living at a busy construction site at King and Yonge.  He had been crying and people were feeding him but nobody was able to catch him.  Cranes were coming in, materials moved around and the woman who contacted me worried that his life was in danger.

I rushed down yesterday evening and set up my kitten trap inside the fencing where he was used to being fed.  We waited and waited no kitten, what a busy corner!  Then just as dark was falling I saw a black blob go towards the trap.  We stood across the street holding our breaths and then I heard the snap of the trap!  We had him.  Just a tiny black kitten, maybe 8 or 9 weeks old, now safe!  He's scared of course but will be fine in a few days or so.  It was a great save!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Good news updates

Good news to report all around!  We caught the last kitten, she's the one on the right, isn't she a stunner!  They definitely need some taming but they are young enough to be socialized and find homes.
And little Frankie with the wounds seems to be on the mend, he had a couple of bad days last week but he's on a stronger antibiotic now and his wounds are healing up and he's getting around better. That face!  I can't bear how cute he is....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2 pigeons, 2 adults and 5 kittens!

Yesterday was a busy trapping today, back at two locations we've been to before.  At our Donlands spot we found out that there were four kittens, and we managed to trap two of them.  That seems to be our average these days, get two kittens and then have trouble getting the other two, sigh.

Then we were down off Queen trying to get a couple of adults and a litter of kittens, we had never seen them before but restaurant staff were feeding them.  For the first time ever, I trapped pigeons! Guess they like cat food, sigh.  After we release them and Lesley shooed them away, we did trap the momma cat, but no sign of the kittens.

We went back around 9 just as the light was fading and there were kittens all right.  Quickly we trapped three but we were unable to get the fourth.  It was heartbreaking to leave one behind but it was too scared to come out.  So that's five kittens!  Probably all around 8 - 10 weeks old, great news but now we have to place them!  And of course get the ones we didn't get.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tiny wounded kitten rescued!

I'm sure it seemed like a good idea, she wanted a kitten, and here was a cute one for sale on kijiji for $75, so she took it home, thought it was 9 weeks old, went to the store, bought food, a brush, shampoo, kitty earwipes, and then discovered it had wounds on its legs and was having trouble walking.

Having no money to take the kitten to a vet, she posted the kitten on kijiji, saying she needed vet attention.  So what did I do when I saw this, you know the answer, I got in the car (and with Susan as my bodyguard) drove to Jane and Finch to get the kitten.  The girl came out with this darling baby in a little bed.  An hour's drive and $50 later I had myself a kitten but one who first of all was not 9 weeks all, and secondly desperately needed medical attention.
We took her immediately to our vet and she only weighed 500 grams, I could feel all her ribs and she has two infected wounds on the joints of the inside of both her back legs.  I wish I knew how this happened or maybe I don't want to know.  At least she is safe and is on pain meds and antibiotics, and one of the vet techs took her home for the night to monitor her.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

More of our cats!

I couldn't resist sharing these pics Joanne sent me, she is fostering these two adorable kittens we trapped at Leslie and Finch.  The other two and the mom have eluded us, they disappeared after we rescued these two but are back now eating at their spot, if only they knew what a wonderful life could await them.  Let's take bets as to how long after posting these boys will be adopted!



And then there's Minnie, sigh, rescued from a unsavoury rooming house situation.  She hid for the first five days at Susan's then became friendly.  We just moved her to a new foster who she promptly bit.  Seems like it's a case of overstimulation, let's hope we can sort her out, she's a nice cat but who knows how she was treated before.


Happy Canada Day!  It's a good country for cats, thankfully we have lots of resources and caring people here!

Friday, June 23, 2017

A houseful!

Thank the cat gods for Susan!  She certainly has a houseful right now!  Her five kittens are now about 10 weeks old and all spayed and neutered and ready for adoption.  Good thing, because Kathy and I went out Wednesday night to try to get the untrappable Batmom's kittens.  We crawled through the shrubbery and there they were beside the shelter.  I grabbed, Kathy grabbed, we had four, then we saw one tiny tabby and managed to get it, five kittens safe!  We rushed them over to Susan's, they are about 4 weeks old, but such a difference, two were 400 grams and the tiniest was only 250 grams.  So much for Susan sleeping, she's back to bottle feeding, but I'm so glad these ones are rescued!

Five kittens ready for new homes

One of the new batch

The tiniest

Me doing a guest bottle feeding

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kittens and no more kittens

I am so tired, it's been an insane week or two but very productive.  I was tagged on Facebook about two kittens that showed up in a yard in Scarborough.  Jamie started feeding them and playing with them but they were too big and wily to catch.  Off we went Thursday night, easy peasy, we used a stick and string with a trap and had them both within ten minutes.  They went to the vet and then to a foster home and are doing well, can already be patted so they will be just fine!  Wish they were all that easy.

 We have also been helping a woman who lives pretty close to me, it's a maddening situation, she feeds four ferals that go in and out of her house, for years they have been breeding and she gives away the kittens.  She only reached out for help because she is moving.  We were able to trap all the cats (all females!) now they are spayed but I worry for their future, and she seems to have no plan for them.  Sadly none of them are at all adoptable.  I won't think about that today because I don't have a solution.

And yesterday we had our annual yard sale!  It went really well, it's a lot of work, but all the money goes to helping all the cats in our care.
No rest for me, they've torn down Mystery's awning, so have to figure out something for her!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

More trapping!

Last week was busy with Port Perry, this week we returned to our city projects, and last night went west to Lawrence and the Allen to help Elysse with a colony on her street.  With the late afternoon traffic it took almost as long as Port Perry!  Even with the rain we trapped six cats, but with the excitement and the wet weather I totally forgot to take photos.

Carol sent me this fantastic picture of Floppy (now Bear), this makes me so happy.  Doesn't he look relaxed and like he belongs!  This is why I do what I do!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mass trapping in the country

Yesterday our dream team of myself, Lesley, Susan and Sandi headed northeast an hour out of the city to help out with a mass trapping at a barn.  It was a beautiful morning to help cats!

Farmer Ron has a large colony at his farm but wanted to get them spayed and neutered thankfully. Quite a few cats were inside a building and Susan managed to lure many of them into traps and we trapped a few more outside and rescued three little kittens!  By the end of it, we had thirteen adults and three kittens to drive back into the city, leaving only a few adults unfixed but there were a lot of calicos and torties in our bunch so lots of females.  Sadly most of the kittens who had been born this year had died so we were glad to get the ones we could, there were two other little black kittens we just couldn't catch.  We loaded up just before a thunderstorm hit, today they will all be spayed and neutered and then returned in a few days.  The farmer seems to genuinely like them and feeds them twice a day.  It was definitely well worth the drive!





Thursday, May 25, 2017

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I always turn off my cell phone at night so I don't hear the annoying pings of the texts coming in at all hours.  This morning I turned on my phone to find way too many texts!  There had been a massive fire at the recycling plant where our colony is.  It happened overnight, there were 40 fire trucks at one point.  Of course I was worried about my kitties but it was pouring rain this morning, not the best time to look for cats and access was blocked this morning.

This afternoon when the rain let up Sandi and I went down and had no trouble getting in and thankfully saw all our cats!  Hank's gang was a bit stressed, those trucks and sirens must have been terrifying and there is a lot of cleanup going on, but they still wanted to eat.  They are survivors!
Down the road at Sadie and Misty's spot it was all flooded, what a day.

It makes me so happy when I get these updates from Carol, look at our Floppy, no rain or scary sirens for him, just enjoying the view from his condo window.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mom and kittens saved!

Another urgent plea went out this week about a mom and kittens in a yard near Yonge and Eglinton.  I was feeling a bit overworked but called the homeowner, she is allergic so wasn't willing to do much but thankfully she had a cat loving friend who lived nearby who I connected with.

With some encouragement and guidance, Melanie was able to grab two of the kittens and then Friday afternoon we went and trapped one more and the mom.  That left one little one all alone, Melanie tried all that evening but no luck, the poor thing was probably so scared.  I worried all night.  Melanie had the other three kittens in her bathroom and she went back first thing Saturday morning.  She was about to pack it in after a few hours when boom last orange baby in the trap!  Case closed!

The kittens are about 8 weeks I think, they just need a bit of socializing, and we will have to see if mom is friendly.  It really makes a difference when someone in the community is willing to get involved.






Thursday, May 18, 2017

Full on kittens!

Kitten season is in full swing it seems!  Our week started with a full evening of trapping.  We began at Vic Park and Danforth where we've gotten 10 of 12 done but the last two were not to be that evening.  We then made our way across town to Keele and Eglinton to a new-ish to us colony.  Last time we got three cats and this time we quickly trapped two, thankfully we are almost done there.  I had been speaking with a woman earlier about some kittens and since we were close we decided to go have a look and see how old they were.

When we arrived the feeder had five tiny kittens all out on the grass and her young sons were playing with them.  Many of the kittens had already died.  There were two that couldn't have been more than two weeks old and the other three were about four weeks.  Normally I would never take two week old kittens and even four is borderline but these kittens were no longer in a safe spot and their mom wasn't around, we had no confidence they would be cared for so we bundled them up.

God bless Lesley, she bottle fed them overnight and by morning thanks to the wonders of Facebook and an amazing community, we found a super experienced bottle feeder for the tinies.  The older ones have been placed now too!
Our first batch of kittens
 Of course we will be going back there to TNR the colony.  That was enough of the west end for the week so yesterday we went to Vic Park and Sheppard to the colony we just can't finish, too many feeders and the females are very smart.  As soon as I went into the yard I saw a mom nursing five kittens so I ran back with a carrier and managed to grab one before the rest ran under a junker car. Two hours later we had two more kittens and an adult, two babies to go.  These ones are probably about five weeks.
Batch 2 of babies

One of the ones who waited us out.
I'd say that was a good week so far!  Four adults (three females!) who are spayed and neutered and eight little lives saved!