A shout out to the cat people of Toronto
I run a pet care business, primarily I walk dogs but I also offer pet sitting. Recently I was hired to care for one of the estimated 100,000+ feral cats that call Toronto home. This one, Mugsy, hung out on the back deck of a long time client.
The first week I got too close to him and he Freddie Kruger-ed my hand setting the tone for future interactions. The following week I noticed a nasty wound over his right eye, that side of his face was super swollen and his eye was half shut. He needed vet care but I was not about to risk life and limb by wrangling him into a kitty carry all, plus I wasn’t sure if my client was willing to foot the vet bill seeing as he was feral. I was unable to contact her, she was travelling and out of reach. I took a few pics and posted them on the Bunz Pet Zone FB page reaching out to the Toronto cat community. Within minutes I received advice, leads and solid offers of help.
These cat ladies are the real deal guys. Robin from Annex Cat Rescue came the next day, trapped him and took him to the Yonge-Davenport Pet Hospital, one of several vet partners that works with the rescue. They fixed him up, got rid of some fleas, dewormed him and kept him there for a few days of observation. My client returned a couple of days later, settled the bill and brought him home. He has now moved into the house and they are getting to know each other better.
If you are a cat lover please contact one of these rescues (or one near you) and offer your time as a volunteer or contribute a donation. They do selfless work and can always use the help and support.
Help these organizations help street cats
Annex Cat Rescue is a 100% volunteer charity dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless cats in the Greater Toronto Area by:
- Humanely trapping homeless kittens and abandoned or stray adult cats for placement in our foster and adoption program.
- Feeding and providing medical care for feral cats in designated colonies.
- Curbing population growth in those colonies through trapping, spaying/neutering, and vaccinating.
- Educating the public on the compassionate treatment of homeless cats and responsible pet ownership.
- Improving urban environments through community cooperation.
Donations accepted here
Denise is a registered Colony Caretaker. Trapping / Neutering / Feeding and Monitoring Stray and Feral Cats and their Colonies.
As well as maintaining feral colonies Denise works with low income families helping them feed and neuter their cats. “I figure if we can work with cats on both sides, then we really can make a difference!”
Denise is solely dependent on donations and volunteers.
“I use the donations for cat food, emergency vet visits, winter shelters, tarps, cat toys, straw for shelters and flea treatments.”
Stray Cat Struttin’ is currently in need of volunteers to help feed cats.
Donations accepted here
Our mission: improve the lives of Toronto’s homeless cats by offering spay/neuter services, free for feral cats, and building overwintering shelters. We are also working to increase public awareness about Toronto’s homeless cat population and the importance of spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR).
We are part of the Toronto Feral Cat TNR Coalition, working together to implement strategic TNR programs to sterilize Toronto’s feral cats, decrease shelter intake and reduce euthanasia rates.
Contact them to volunteer or donate firstname.lastname@example.org
Yonge-Davenport Pet Hospital is equipped with state of the art diagnostic equipment including in-house blood analyzers, digital radiography equipment (including dental) and in-house cytology. This helps Dr. Stefanescu diagnose and treat most problems as quick as possible.
The hospital is also equipped with a full surgical suite for soft tissue and dental procedures including extractions. We also maintain excellent relationships with nearby specialists should your pet need referral for specialized care.
Just one of the things that makes our hospital so unique is continuity of care. Our clients always see the same veterinarian each and every time, allowing Dr. Stefanescu to develop closer relationships to our clients as well as their pets. We also offer “drop-off” appointments. A “drop off” means you could bring your pet at the time that works best for you even if we are fully booked and leave him/her with us for a couple of hours. Dr. Stefanescu will examine the patient at the time purposely reserved for admitted patients. Once the doctor is done, he will give you a call to go over the diagnosis and to give you discharge instructions.