North Toronto Cat Rescue

We offer cats and kittens for adoption in Toronto (GTA), Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, and South York Region. Serving these areas, we rescue and provide veterinary care to homeless cats and kittens, and follow through to recovery and finally adoption.

North Toronto Cat Rescue is a volunteer run, non-profit, registered charity, genuinely concerned with the welfare of all cats and kittens.

The NTCR shelter

Most rescue organizations in our area employ the use of foster homes to house rescued animals, NTCR is unique in that NTCR cats live in the NTCR shelter.

Since we are a no kill facility, this means that our kitties get to stay with us until they find their forever homes. This can take a while, because more often than not, they do not come to us in an "adoptable" condition. It is through hard work, saintly patience, and a lot of love and compassion that our volunteers are able to help these cats transform into "respectable" pets!

Most of our cats have either been evicted from their homes or are children of "evictees". They arrive after having experienced varying degrees of hardship, both at the hands of uncaring and abusive owners, and while trying to cope on their own out in the hostile street environment, where they suffer hunger, frostbite, injuries - often fatal, and even poisoning - by humans who view them as mere pests.

NTCR is also unique among other shelters. Our no cage policy means our kitties are free to romp and play; they are provided with the opportunity to learn to "play nice" with others, animal and human, and to experience a life style that is as close to the home life they will have when they find their forever homes. Our cats live in compatible groupings, each group having its own room in the shelter.

A community project. In addition to providing a home for our cats, our shelter is also a community project, where school children come to experience hands on caring for the animals. It is through this type of community service, that they learn the value of giving and caring.

One of Our Cat Rooms

This community project needs your help! By giving a home to one of our cats, you become part of the animal rescue effort! An added benefit - each adoption makes room for another desperate animal to be brought in from the cold.

By volunteering at the shelter, you help our work force achieve even more. There can never be too much help!

It is impossible to convey the sense of joy and satisfaction we achieve from turning the sad stories that walk into our lives into the "happy tails" that walk out, and yes, we do have many happy endings!

By donating either funds or skills, you can help us to continue running, maintaining, and upgrading shelter facilities for the benefit our our fabulous feline. If you can help with either time or funding, you can do so online or by mail.

If you would like to speak with someone, please call us at: (905) 940-CATS (2287)

Our mission

All cats and kittens have value

At North Toronto Cat Rescue we believe that all cats and kittens have value and deserve the chance to live out their lives in a safe and caring environment.

With your support, and our hard work and determination, we turn this possibility into reality every day.

Please consider adopting, donating and/or volunteering so that together we can achieve our goals. Registered Canadian Charity: Tax Receipts Provided

In the Beginning

Where it all began

This is a place no one should have to call home. This commercial/industrial area hides a refuse-strewn dump, which was "home" to many feral and abandoned domestic cats and kittens.

It is in this area we did much of our rescue in the beginning.

Winter in the dump is brutal. We had to create shelters within the dump to protect the cats from the bone-chilling cold until we could rescue them all. Most of the cats from this dump have now been rescued, but there are many more areas like this where cat colonies struggle to stay alive.

Every day we get calls from people who have found wandering cats or kittens. Some cats are abancdoned by their owners, others are allowed by their owners to roam the streets, and the rest are born on the street. Many of the abandoned and lost cats are not spayed or neutered, thus contributing to the already over-population of strays. There are too many colonies of cats who live short and difficult lives, ending in equally miserable deaths.

The temporary shelters

We would like to see all these animals come in from the cold, and ultimately find their "forever" homes.

We are all volunteers - none of us are paid. In fact, most of us are donors as well as volunteers! We all have families, work, responsibilities - for us this is not a pastime, it is a passion. We do it because doing nothing stopped being an option. We had become aware of that sad looking cat in the backyard, all skin and bones, scrounging for something to eat; we heard about the kitten that was hit by a car on our street, because it did not know any better, and it lay broken and dying for two days before someone thought to call animal service who finally had it euthanized; we glimpsed a group of tiny, orphaned kittens, vulnerable and frightened tucked away where their mom stashed them, but for one reason or another never returned to them.

We are still seeing all that, but now, we also get to see happy endings, and for us, that's a bit of sanity in a crazy world - and that's why we do it!