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!
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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.