Smudge (Nickel) was 18 months old when he was adopted in April 2015 by Michelle and her family. Check out the update below to see how he has settled in and how he has created a bit of a name for himself. He’s becoming quite famous! Thanks to Michelle and her mom (Sandi – now one of our wonderful volunteers) for sharing his story.
“We’d always had cats and dogs when I was growing up and I had been considering adopting a cat for several years. Adopting a shelter cat seemed the most natural thing to do, as there are so many beautiful cats looking for loving homes.
My mom noticed Smudge’s bio on the NTCR fb page and announced ‘we have to adopt this cat’. Naturally, I wasted no time in completing the on-line adoption application and called Donna the very next day. We visited the shelter, we fell in love and two days later we brought him home. As they say, the rest is history! His name was Nickel, but we felt that Smudge was more appropriate given the cute grey markings across his nose.
Once in our house, he settled very quickly, exploring every room and even claiming his favourite chair on day one. He slept in his cat bed for three nights and then decided that was enough of a settling in period and that it was time to move in to my bed!
His bio on the adoption page was so accurate. He is very affectionate and likes nothing more than curling up on my lap or very close to me. He follows me around the house and I’m not even allowed any privacy in the bathroom! Anybody who has a cat will truly understand that. He’s very vocal, especially at feeding time and he only goes quiet when the food is put in front of him. He’s a furry cutie and we think that he may have the biggest tail of any domestic short hair that we have ever seen! Check out the photo.
Whilst never a shy boy, he has become even more confident since he has lived with us. He actually believes that he owns the place and strolls around surveying his kingdom. It’s lucky that we don’t have any other animals in the house as they may just cramp his style! Whenever I come home from work he is always there to greet me and I love that ‘welcome home’ cuddle.
He has very clean toilet habits, but like many other cats delights in the ‘zoomies’ after using the litter box. He loves his ‘Greenies’ treats, but has little interest in catnip. He has recently discovered plastic straws and will entertain himself for hours playing with one. He’s very cute when he carries it around in his mouth and even takes it up to his bed with him. If you’re not paying attention he’ll steal the straw right from your soda can or drinking glass! He loves to play fetch and perhaps he thinks he’s a dog as he’s a little bit clumsy for a cat, but his antics keep us entertained for hours.
The pure love and joy of having Smudge in my life is so rewarding and he helps to make me smile and ease the stresses of a long day at work. I love him so much that it makes my heart hurt and I could not imagine life without him.
I created an Instagram account for him (@Smudgeee) just for fun but as his popularity grew, we decided to make him an advocate for NTCR and the many kitties that live there. As well as Smudge updates we also repost photos of NTCR adoptable cats and help to promote the #adoptdontshop philosophy. He currently has more than 14,000 followers, and in April 2016 was chosen by Toronto Life as one of “The 15 cutest Toronto Cats on Instagram”. Truly incredible. We always knew he was a star, but to us he is just our little, loving Smudge!”
You may remember Hobo, one of our lovable cats who was rescued from the streets of Hamilton. Now called Giles, he settled in to his furever home almost two years ago and continues to thrive. Becky, his Mom, has shared the following update with us and as we know that you all love a happy ending, we want to share his fantastic story with you.
“We were looking for a new cat and as there are so many kitties out there looking for homes we knew we wanted to rescue a shelter cat. When we arrived at NTCR one of the volunteers handed Giles to me and he snuggled right in to the crook of my neck. Although I thought I was looking for an older female cat, I knew immediately that Giles was the one. He wanted to come home with us and wasn’t going to take no for answer. So, the decision was made.
When we brought him home we unfortunately had to separate him from our older cat, who was sadly diagnosed with cancer soon after we adopted Giles and needed her own quiet space (she passed a few months later after a valiant battle), but we made sure to give Giles plenty of play time and love, which he returned in spades. Giles is a loveable, super-playful goofball. When we’ve tired him out playing chase and tunnel run, he loves to snuggle up in a box or on his cat tree and get head scratches. He’s also obsessed with bird-watching and often “talks” to the sparrows and pigeons that he sees from his favourite windows.
Giles was found on the street and probably had to compete for food. He loves having a safe space to play and has learned to trust that he has a reliable food supply and no longer has to wolf everything down right away. He kept growing until well after his second birthday, topping out at 13 pounds (all cat, no fat) and three feet from front to back foot! He’s always been playful and friendly, but has also grown into an intelligent and adaptable cat, and was a real trooper when we took him on a five-day road trip across the continent, moving from Toronto to BC.
Giles is very human-focused and has an alpha cat personality, and since our older cat passed we’ve decided we’ll all be happiest with him as an only cat. He’s loving all the attention being lavished on him and trots happily along behind us when we move around the house.
Giles knows and obeys the ‘off’ command, but not before giving us an adorable, sad little mew first. He also likes to stick his front end into his cat tunnel and wait for us to dangle a toy through the hole in the middle. It’s impressive how such a tall cat can shoot himself so quickly through a small tunnel!
Giles is wonderful companion, full of fun and mischief. He brightens our days even when he gets into the kitchen cabinets or disagrees with us about what is and is not a cat toy. He’s our little buddy, and we’re looking forward to many wonderful years with him”.Share on Facebook
You may remember PADDINGTON, one of our lovely kitties who found his furever home in 2015. Read on to hear how he is adapting to his new life. Many thanks to Leslie for providing this update; we’re so happy that you found each other and are so grateful that you opened your heart and home to this special boy.
“We were looking for a new addition to our family, and as all our other furbabies are rescues we had no doubt where to look. We didn’t choose Pomeroy (previously Paddington), he chose us. As soon as we walked in to the shelter he approached us and insisted on hugs and cuddles. How could we resist?
As we are a multi-cat household, we initially kept him separated from the rest of the cats to ease the transition in to his new home. This worked so well as he isn’t actually a fan of the other cats, but he bonded with us immediately and just LOVES people. He was a little unsettled at first, but could be easily calmed with snuggles and hugs; we gave him plenty of both. He’s a real love bug and is sociable with everybody he meets. He’s always waiting at the door when we get home, and is the first to meet and greet our guests. He’s also a favourite at the vet office; choosing to hang out with the receptionists whilst waiting to see the vet. He’s basically a big ball of love and floof!
He thinks he’s human and the way he sleeps on our bed, with his head resting on the pillow is just so cute. He isn’t a dainty cat, and we always know when he is coming in to the room, with the heavy thud, thud, thud of his feet echoing around the house. He also does this cute thing where he lifts up his right paw and meows when he really wants something. How can anybody resist that face? He’s become very capable at letting us know what he wants and when he want’s it. He’s also very particular about meal times, and we’re woken promptly at 6am every morning by his little Himalayan chorus which continues until his breakfast is served. He has us well trained!
He has had some health issues, and due to severe stomatitis (inflammation of the gums, mostly likely due to an overactive immune response to bacteria on the teeth) we made the tough decision to have all his teeth removed when we found that he wasn’t responding to any of the less invasive treatment. He’s been much happier since, and doesn’t even seem to notice that he has no teeth, often ‘chewing’ on the corners of the laptop when he’s in a playful mood.
We can’t imagine our kitty family without him! And knowing that his future could have ended up very, very different… well, we’re extremely grateful to NTCR for saving him and giving him a comfortable and safe place to live until he become part of our family.”
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NTCR were recently invited by Rogers TV to talk about our cats, fundraising and the Save NTCR campaign with Sarita Patel, on the daily talk show The Bulletin Board.
We recorded three sessions with them on 4th, 18th and 25th April, each of which aired more than 20 times in the following weeks.
We’ve attached the links below so that you can enjoy them.
If you have any questions or wish to become involved in our fundraising, please contact Donna Cox or contact us via Facebook.
4th April – Donna talks about choosing the right cat for you, and introduces some of our beautiful cats, Garbo and Ruffles.
Watch here: http://rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=70&gid=251491
18th April – Jacqui talks about fundraising for NTCR and how people can get involved as volunteers or fundraisers.
Watch here: http://rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=70&gid=251446
25th April – Jacqui talks about Save NTCR, the loss of our shelter, and our goals for 2016.
Watch here: http://rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=70&gid=251489
Over 150 cats face a bleak and uncertain future without your support!
If we do not reach our Phase 1 target, there will be no Phase 2! PLEASE HELP!
NTCR needs your help to ensure these cats remain safe and secure. They need to find a new shelter location, and need to do it fast!
Please help us find a new home!
N.T.C.R. is a volunteer run, non-profit registered charity, cage free NO-KILL cat shelter.
Due to a change in property ownership this shelter must relocate to avoid impending doom. Please help raise the funds needed for all costs associated with finding a new place these cats can continue to call home.
YOUR GENEROSITY IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Concert Venue: Coalition
282 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario
Friday April 29th 9PM 19+
$10 minimum donation at the door (we encourage you to donate more if you can)
For anyone unable to attend but still wish to help, please visit https://
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We are thankful for all the loving people who have come into our shelter and left with their adopted feline family member(s). We love to receive emails and pictures of our cats enjoying life with their new families.
We are thankful for all the donors who keep our shelter afloat by donating funds or product to help give our cats a place to stay while they await their “furever” homes. 100% of the donations go directly to the care of our cats. Tax receipts are given for all donations over $20.
We are thankful to all the companies who decide our work is worthwhile and that our small charity is deserving of their help and donations on their community involvement day. Recently, Deloitte held a baked goods fundraiser for us and toured our shelter on their “Impact Day”.
We are thankful to all the people who “LIKE” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter. Every time you “Share” our information on Facebook and “Retweet” our messages on Twitter, you help bring our cats one paw step closer to their new home.
We are thankful for all our wonderful volunteers. We have no paid staff and exist solely on the hard work of our volunteers. Some work tirelessly to keep the shelter in tip-top condition; cleaning, feeding and socializing our cats. Some are fundraisers who write grant requests, apply for donations, and organize events. Some of them volunteer once or twice per week and some many more days; all are greatly appreciated.
Lastly, we are thankful that the combination of all the people above makes a positive difference in the lives of our cats and our ultimate goal for all them; a loving, safe home.
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We are looking for a supporter, sponsor or local business interested in partnering with NTCR on a fund raising campaign.
We are hoping to find an individual, group or local business willing to match gift donations coming in to the shelter via the campaign for a defined period of time and/or to a maximum dollar amount (both to be determined in conjunction with the sponsor). In return we will include the name and/or logo of the supporter on our campaign communications, both via our website and social media channels. There is even the opportunity to help name the campaign and gain even more exposure.
This would be a great opportunity for any individual or small business to give some much needed and welcomed support to a local, non-funded charity in the community, whilst at the same time gaining some media exposure (if that’s beneficial to you/your business).
We would like to work with our partner to define the details of the campaign, and if you are interested in supporting NTCR, or want to hear more about the opportunity, please email NTCR at email@example.comShare on Facebook
The auction is now into its second week and it’s great to see the bids coming in. NTCR would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. Remember that all proceeds from the auction go directly to NTCR and to helping kitties in need. We have also posted a second batch of items and you can see the details here. Just scroll through the photographs to see the information and bid amounts. We’ve also made changes to the starting bids of some of the items that are already live (posted 1 June). Take a look through to see if anything takes your fancy and make your bid today! Don’t forget that the auction will close for all items at 2pm on Sunday 14th June.
Good luck to you all, and Happy Bidding
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The start of the NTCR Online Auction is just days away and many of you have been asking how you can take part – so, here is some further information.
We have many wonderful items for you to bid on that have been donated by our volunteers and local businesses. The value of the items vary, some may sell for $10 and some may reach in excess of $100. There will be something for everyone, so crack open your piggy-banks and get ready to participate. Also the timing is great to pick up that Father’s Day gift, and we have many such items on offer.
100% of the money raised goes to NTCR to help achieve the mission of providing all cats and kittens with the chance to live out their lives in a safe and caring environment.
When: Bidding will be open from 9am Monday 1st June, 2015 to 2pm Sunday 14th June, 2015
Where: the auction will be held online via the facebook page ‘NTCR Online Auction (June 2015)’ and a link to the auction will be provided the NTCR facebook page shortly. If you have not already liked our facebook page, why don’t you do so now!
How: All items will be posted on to facebook. The post will include a title, a photograph and some details about the item, including: approx. retail value, starting bid, and minimum incremental bids. To make a bid you just need to comment on the item that you wish to bid on, stating your full name and bid amount. For the duration of the auction, remember to check back to see the bids of others, and raise your bid accordingly.Share on Facebook
Who couldn’t use some super charged love in their life?
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ThIs is Shadow.
And this is Ruby.
And this is their kindle. Aren’t they sweet? These lucky kittens were born inside, and have all the resources of NTCR behind them to ensure they live the good life. Food, shelter, safety…… and love. It could have been so different.
It all started with a call for help from a kind person who had been winter feeding a few backyard stays. A keen eye noticed the black tom had an injured leg, and when contacted NTCR promised to aid with trapping and then to provide the necessary vet care and shelter. But didn’t Ruby wander into the trap first? And being three times as wide across the middle as she was at either end, it was obvious as to why she had been so dependent on the feeding station.
It also soon became apparent that Ruby was a completely tame cat who had been on her own for awhile. Within a few days of arriving at the shelter she gave birth, and has since been with her kittens in a loving foster home. There they will stay until they are bigger and stronger, until they have been vetted and are ready to go to the shelter to charm their way into forever homes of their own! More updates will be forthcoming on this little family.
As for the baby daddy? Shadow was also soon trapped and taken in for medical attention. He had surgery on a hind leg and is now well on the mend. He is presently at the shelter where he will learn that people only mean good things for him. His is a longer road to travel as he was not tame to start with. Fortunately he has the luxury of time, as NTCR is a no kill shelter that has a long view of working with the cats they take under their protection.
So here we are, with 9 new lovelies to provide for, just from one call for help.
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This is a story about a pretty brown tabby we call Coco. Isn’t she lovely? But she’s not just a pretty face. Coco is what they call a “Hemingway cat”. She is a polydactyl, with six toes instead of five on each of her front feet. And oh my goodness, the cuteness factor! It looks like she’s wearing little mittens on her front paws.
Cuteness aside, Coco is one lucky kitty. She’s escaped certain death twice within two weeks. Firstly, Coco came to us from a high-kill shelter in Quebec. Many volunteers in two provinces spent time and effort to find her a placement and then transport her to our no-kill shelter. She was liberated just in the nick of time. She arrived, settled in, and was confident and friendly right from the start. Next up was to have her spay surgery and vaccinations so she would be ready for adoption. Off she went to the veterinarians….. And on the operating table, as she undergoing surgery, it was discovered that she had pyometra, a serious and life-threatening disease common in un-spayed female cats. Untreated, it results in a horrific death. (Click here for link to pyometra information.) Swift and aggressive treatment is needed, and the cure? A spay surgery.
Although the surgery was a little more complicated due to the inflamation, Coco came through in perfect shape. Not only is she now safe from unwanted litters of kittens, she can never get pyometra again. She is now playing and loving it up with the volunteers at the shelter, waiting for the day she meets her new “furrever” family.
Coco’s biography and adoption information can be found here.Share on Facebook
Last week at the shelter 3 kittens were born, by a kitty rescued from outside late the night before. Here they are at 3 days old, just before going to a lovely foster home.
Thankfully they were not born even 12 hours earlier, outside in the cold…… Now they will never know anything other than warmth, comfort and loving human companionship in their lives. Thank you NTCR for making this possible!Share on Facebook
There are cat beds, and then there’s a bed of cats……
Alfie, Snoopy and Cheddar are laying on the cat bed, and Fritz is laying on THEM! That’s one way to conserve heat, boys!Share on Facebook
Have you noticed your cat doesn’t visit her water bowl too often? Don’t worry – it’s normal for a feline. But you still have to make sure she stays properly hydrated.
If your cat never seems to drink much water, don’t be too concerned. She’s not sick. Most cats have a relatively low thirst drive. It’s because their wild ancestors once lived in desert environments, where water was scarce and the only available moisture came from the bodies of prey animals.
So is it possible for cats to get dehydrated? Yes, especially if they live solely on poor quality dry foods. Unlike fresh raw meat, cheap kibbled diets contain minimal amounts of moisture, are too low in meat protein and too high in grains. They also contain harmful additives such as artificial colors and preservatives. Cats that eat nothing but low end dry foods usually don’t drink enough water to offset the lack of moisture in their diets, and that can lead to dehydration and urinary tract problems, including kidney disease.
The solution is to add moisture to your cat’s diet. If your kitty prefers dry food, and many do, make sure he’s getting a premium meat-based product that’s very low in grains and contains no synthetic additives. Try mixing some warm water into the food to make “gravy”, or use some fluid from a tin of fish, such as wild salmon. You can also try introducing some high quality canned food or raw meat to your cat’s menu. Do it gradually, though, to avoid digestive upsets.
If your cat is already eating a premium canned food, or a frozen raw or home prepared diet, she’s probably already getting sufficient moisture. Either way, always make sure she has fresh pure water available 24/7. Don’t let the water sit for days – cats are fussy, and she’ll be even less likely to drink if it’s stagnant. As well, water that sits too long will form algae and that makes it even less appealing to the cat. Remember to wash out the bowl each time you put fresh water in it.
Take a look as well as the shape and size of your cat’s water bowl. Cats don’t like it when their whiskers touch the sides of a dish. Your kitty might be more likely to drink from a wide shallow water dish. It’s also a good idea to have two or more water stations throughout the house, perhaps one on each floor. This is especially wise in a multicat household, or if your cat is older and less mobile.
A lot of cats are attracted to moving water. That’s why they like to dabble in the toilet or jump on the sink when the tap is running. Moving water is also aerated water, and that makes it more palatable to many animals. Consider investing in an animal water fountain that provides a continuous stream of moving water.
Cats can be finicky and don’t like change, so you may need to try several different tactics to encourage your kitty to consume more water. Be patient and vigilant, and you can easily prevent dehydration and protect her health.
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These are cats in Room 7. The picture with Esso and 3 of his friends was taken a while ago. They are in the green bed, a very large comfortable and comforting place for these scaredy-cats to snuggle together.
Someone removed the green bed a while ago (to clean) and it hadn’t been returned. A few days ago, I found Esso and 2 friends in a jumble in a replacement much smaller bed – a tight squeeze had Esso actually laying on top of his friends.
I went searching for the green bed and finally found it. You have no idea how happy they were to see it after all this time. They all started to pile in, like it was one of those contests in the 50’s to see how many people could squeeze into a phone booth or a car.. The next time I’m there, I expect to see a large number of the cats intertwined in their green bed……Share on Facebook
One of my favourite rooms for placing our socialized “scaredy-cats” is room five. Chastity is first to welcome recently- crated cats arriving nervous in their carriers. Here, the transition will go more smoothly, not only because of my furry colleages but because the room is no so large that the newly-released are difficult to track down for further socialization.
KC and April appear to be settling in well. Both still have to be approached with caution.
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Like the rabbit in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, Mugsy’s small demeanour can be deceiving. This little beast, just a smidgin over two pounds, is a force to be reckoned with.
What began as a bid for attention has led to leg-climbing and then leaping to the table to make off with a pastrami on a kaiser or some other dining table prey.
While her foster parents were away on vacation, she was apprehensively left in the care of NTCR volunteer Susan and Mike. Pictured below is the aftermath after Mike refused to surrender a tuna sandwich.
Mugsy was eventually subdued and is back in foster care. Mike’s condition has been upgraded and he should be returning home by December.Share on Facebook
Thank you, Lorna Jones, for showing me how to begin giving these cats some loving. There you were placing your hand- albeit inside a heavy-duty welding glove- alongside the crate and gently stroking this beast. It was, at this point, that working with these cats became a passion.
That was in June of 2013. I wanted to reflect on Ma B today because I haven’t thought about her for such a long time and today, someone pointed her out to me. She is still at the shelter and she is such a lovely girl waiting, like too many others, for a forever home. I will make it a point to drop in on her more often.
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Kelly, the cat, needs your help!!!
North Toronto Cat Rescue is hoping to raise money for a thyroid procedure for the long-haired Calico who has hyperthyroidism.
This surgery is offered by only three specialist vets and will cost about $2,000.
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Why do Laura and I kitty foster? It fills a need but not ours. It’s that little furry one that requires special care and meds to survive or the helpless ones that desperately need critical feeding because Momma can’t deliver. The downside of fostering? Giving ’em back after they creep into your heart. So big boo hoo. The point is, fosters are going back healthy and there is room for another critical critter crying to be taken out of harm’s way.
Then there’s Duchess’ six healthy beauties. Six? There’s a seventh. Look down, waaaaay down and spot the runt of the group. For the longest while, I refused to believe that little Mugsy could be related to this clan. Could she be of munchkin parentage, perhaps? She was a completely different model.
After a trip to Dr. C, we discovered it wasn’t a question of parentage but one of hereditary chance- a birth defect. While her sibs gain weight steadily, Mugsy’s grudgingly stays below two pounds while her sibs have doubled her weight. While baby teeth give way to another set, Mugsy still sports hers.
This rotund little fur-covered cylinder with stubby Lego™ legs ( the rear legs slightly longer) appears to be locked in time. A perma-kitten, so to speak. From the rear, she mimics the classic Charlie Chaplin shuffle, complete with toes pointing outward, as she waddles happily towards her supper.
She has struck a chord with us. When her towering sibs return to the shelter, she’ll remain in our home but not because she’s a cutie, which she is. She’ll remain because she’ll need lots of ongoing basic care and attention to survive.
More to come.
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After syringe feeding this little one for almost six weeks(at one point, hourly), little Watson has discovered dining on her own. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video says it all. We are thrilled that she is finally gaining weight nicely.
Trooper came to visit today. He was adopted a while ago by one of our volunteers and renamed Rocky, but we still call him Trooper. Every once in a while he comes over to catch up on all the gossip at the shelter and have a play date with his friends. He inspects all the corners to see what’s changed and gets introduced to the new residents. Last I saw him today when I left he was in the cat den catching some zz’s with a few of his buddies. Here’s a picture of him being cute. Those white patches you see on his back, on this otherwise gorgeous black beauty, was the colour of his new fur which grew back after his burns healed – he had been abused before being rescued by NTCR and adopted. Quite a guy!!!Share on Facebook
So why is that new cat peering over the edge of the litter box, preferring lay in its own litter rather than that comfy-lookingl cat bed?
Thanks Esther, for providing one possible answer when we were first dealing with the menace called Brutus – the security of having a hiding spot.
Using a new or disinfected letterbox with minimal bedding provides enough depth to satisfy the need to have a safe place and feel more secure.
An added benefit is that a point is reached, in the socialization period, when you can move the “bin-bed” while the cat is in it to make brushing or hand contact easier.
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Some Background on George
George would maintain a low menacing growl as soon as anyone entered the front room where he was crated. He would lash out if you came near.
To make it safer for volunteers cleaning his cage and myself for cleaning and socialization, I replaced his whisk broom with the “George Broom” – a regular broom with 1/2 the handle cut off. To ensure that I kept all my fingers, I attached a brush to the broken off portion of the broom handle (now known as the “George Brush”). Many hours were invested in working with this “scaredy-cat” (We never use the often overused and bandied- about term “feral”).
On Thursday, June 12, George was put in another crate, in his new room and given time to acclimate to his new environment. On Friday morning, his crate door was left open. After gazing out the open door for about an hour, he finally ventured forward into his new life.
When I went to check on him a short time later, he looked up from his hiding spot with “A Little Help Here, Please!” expression. I blinked back, “It’ll only get better”.
Although unsure, he did let me scratch his head. You’ve come such a long way, my friend.
George Update: Saturday, June 14
George was no longer in his initial “hidey- place” between the shelf and the wall. This morning, he was more relaxed and resting on one of the shelves. After a cautionary hiss, he allowed me to scratch him vigorously. Brutus and Oliver seem to have accepted him into the fold. Hopefully, we’ll eventually have another teddybear.
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A Big Thank You and a Huge NTCR Cats Off to
the Nielsen Corporation for including us in their volunteer program
and helping us out today
All Three Momma’s are now in foster care. Thanks Darlene, for taking in Treasure and her trove of 4 also.
The other mom and family are now with us.
A huge thank you to NTCR volunteer Darlene for taking in five new tenants. She’s giving extra care to Momma Wonder and her four babies Flyer, Coaster, Ghoster and Thunder.
Mommas Who Could Use a Helping Hand with the Kids
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Mugsy who is about half the size of his six siblings is just learning how to eat wet food and is being introduced to baby kibble. He apparently is saving some for later, given that his tongue is long enough.
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Two more were born at the shelter, last night, with probably more strolling into the birthing box, this morning.
On the advice of my best friend, Laura, I used the divider, which usually comes with crates, as a shelf. Now Treasure has over 50% more space so she can take a well-deserved timeout from the kids.
Being the great mom that she is, Treasure comes down regularly to nourish her growing babies.
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For the past two weeks at the shelter there has been a lot of yowling and caterwauling going on. As you approach the room to see what the problem is, the noise stops……. Last week, I was sure I could discern a tune and actual words. It sounded like:
Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
“No. Can’t be.” I said to myself.
A few days ago, the same thing happened when I was sure I heard:
Oh! Well I never! Was there ever
A cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees
What’s going on at the shelter?
The mystery has been solved today when all of the volunteers received the following invitations. Our cats are planning a special event for all the volunteers. Aren’t they the most considerate and “giving” pride? All the volunteers are VERY excited about the upcoming event.
Not sure you can read the invitation. It says:
We Appreciate all the volunteers at NTCR
You are cordially invited to the upcoming theatre production of Cats, the Musical.
Jonesy as Bustopher Jones
Sapphire as Demeter
Dixie as Grizabella
Cindy Crawford as Jellylorum
Ocean as Growltiger
Martie as Mr. Mistoffelees
Brutus as Old Deuteronomy
Pepper as Munkustrap
Date and location to be announced
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Tonight, Mugsy, the little runt in a litter of seven, joined his much larger sibs in being able to eat on his own. In three days, little Mugsy has gone from direct syringe feeding of KMR (kitten milk replacement) and Recovery to licking wet food from the sides of the syringe to eating independently.
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Yesterday I told you about the new wall shelves that were installed that our cats were using with great delight. When I came into one of the downstairs rooms this morning, this is what greeted me. The shelves are a perfect height for the cats. Existing wrap-around windows with window-sills are above ground and they love the view from the sills and the cat trees. Now with the addition of the 3 shelves they are up in heaven. LOLShare on Facebook
I invaded his “hidey place” with the business end of the long brush with little low-growl resistance. The brush worked its magic while I whispered to him and hummed a long-forgotten lullaby.
Later, I asked Tanya to take a few pics during a second session with Mr. Wonderful. Surprisingly, he did wonderfully. Touching and petting that once ferocious fur covered cranium made my day. Thanks, Tanya
Came into the shelter last week to a pleasant surprise. Someone has put up high wall shelves in some of the rooms. As it was explained to me (and it is very logical) some cats are “low” (they like it on the floor) and some are “high” (they like it above the floor). And this is what I see in the rooms now; there are some cats who sit on the shelves (they are arranged like a step-ladder) and are just as happy as a ….. “high” cat. We all learn something every day to make our cats happy. Here are pictures in two different rooms with a cat on a shelf enjoying the vista.Share on Facebook
It’s nap time. The cats seem to love these huge floor pillows. (Unfortunately, it can be difficult keeping them clean and sanitary). Here are Brandi, Buddy, and Smiley catching some zzz’s. Buddy is a large orange tabby who is friendly and likes being with people. Brandi is a darker orange medium sized tabby who is very friendly. Smiley is a buff coloured persian cat. They are all waiting for their perfect family.Share on Facebook
Well, actually in this case, it’s Duke and Gus in a box.
These brothers hang around in their favourite spot, the famous green box. Duke and Gus have found safety and comfort in the green box ever since they arrived at the shelter. They are supreme scaredy-cats, but have recently moved into a new room with more roommates so they are making more friends. There is another hidey-hole in this room where they hang out with other comrades. I don’t know what they discuss in these private areas, but it must be about The Meaning of Life. Each to his own, at his own speed. So for Duke and Gus, it’s progress.Share on Facebook
It’s been a year since Tinto (aka Spot) was rescued from a condo construction site. With so many scaredy- cats to visit, it’s been a while since we had a real sit-down and a good scratch.
Many people looking for a new furry family member believe that their dream cat will find them. Sometimes, your special heart-grabber is the one anxiously waiting on the sidelines for you to come to them.
First and foremost, Tanya focusses on her furry charges. Litter is cleaned, floors are washed and food and water are replenished. One of her major jobs, also, is turning our cats into stars. Her camera may capture an image but her skill captures a soul. Hopefully, out in cyberspace, another human soul will make a connection.
Little Newton, a recent arrival, achieved stardom this afternoon
Good stuff, Tanya!!!Share on Facebook
We have a new ringleader at the shelter. When I saw Lady at headquarters I was worried. What she had planned surpassed the past teenage hooliganism acts. If I would have known she was organizing a party for ∑Δ (Catta Sigma Delta) and was ordering the nepeta cataria (catnip), I would have stopped it then and there. There must have been QUITE a party all night. What greeted me in the morning was nepeta cataria all over the floor, empty “water” bowls (I wonder what it was spiked with), and empty food bowls (they had the munchies). The cats were EXHAUSTED!!! It’s a good thing the shelter hadn’t been busted!!!
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Here is a picture I just took of Fonzie. Look at how relaxed and happy he looks. Fonzie came in from outdoors (someone’s back yard) and was terrified and unhappy. He was one of our “curtain rod” cats. These cats climb or jump on top of the curtain rod in their room when people get too close to them. It’s where they feel safest. Fonzie stayed away from people for about a year, then became approachable but still scared. He had a look-alike in his room “Copper”, who was a friendly easy-going cat. Copper was adopted a couple of months ago, and then surprisingly Fonzie started to take on his personality, friendliness, and even his favorite spot on the linen shelf. Look at Fonzie now. He loves us, loves attention, and is just a joy. It is very rewarding for the volunteers to see a metamorphosis such as this, when so-called “feral cats” become happy felines. Now – that’s all Fonzie needs is his own home.Share on Facebook
Looking forward to seeing “Mr. Wonderful” today. He was trapped late Thursday evening May 8th along with Wonder who began giving birth a few short hours later, at the shelter. Both (along with two others not yet trapped) lived in the huge parking lot of a car dealership in the shadow of Canada’s Wonderland. Talk about arriving in the nick of time!
Yesterday, he huddled in the corner behind his litter box and climbed up the sides of the crate when I extended my long-handled brush. He eventually sat still while I slowly brushed away.
Hopefully today, he won’t panic as much- as Donna says, “It’s all about baby steps.”
First off, it’s Wonder and her four little ones Coaster, Ghoster, Thunder and Flyer that need attention.
Wish us luck trying to get three and four tonight.
PS A huge thank you to David, the security guard, for making contact with NTCR and helping us each evening in getting this group out of harm’s way.Share on Facebook
I returned from a 3 week vacation this week. When I left Apollo was still burrowing under blankets to have privacy and relief from the stress of a new location. Here is a brand new confident guy! He has a very loud attention-seeking meow. When you approach him he gets all excited and cute, and tilts his head to the side waiting to be petted. When you try to withdraw your hand after petting him and giving him a good scratch, he will have none of it. He tries to catch your hand. What a cute guy, even with his funny face. Love that crooked moustache. Quite a distinctive look to this orange and white boy.Share on Facebook
I’ve been keeping two secrets from you that I’ve been too embarrassed to tell you. In my defense, I only knew about one of the secrets; I found out about the other one last week. Both secrets have to do with Hope. Hope was a tiny baby, all alone in the world when she was found and brought to the shelter. Although we had other babies, they were all in foster at the time so she was the tiniest kitty in the shelter. Unfortunately the poor little thing was BULLIED mercilessly by the other cats. She was laughed at, mocked, and picked on. Why, you may ask? Well, if you look at her first picture you will see that she had a little tail. When our backs were turned, you could hear it, “Hey Shorty, nyaaaa nyaaa”. It reminded me of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
” All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games. “
Then Laura and Steve Liebgott brought their fosters back for short time (Cisco, Arlo, Paxton, and Pork Chop). These bruisers saw what was going on and laid down the law. First offense – 2 hours with no toys; second offense – 2 hours in Room 8 with that radio playing opera incessantly. When that didn’t work, they brought in the dreaded time-out chair. That greatly feared punishment stopped the bullying in it’s track. They also “adopted” Hope, so that when Laura and Steve took them back home for the rest of their foster time, Hope accompanied them.
This is where the second secret comes in.
Pork Chop did some Google research and found out that the famous Dr. Hissycat at Princess Meowgaret Hospital has been doing research on the cat genome and has found a molecular anomaly among cats that causes a rare outcome called Extremity Pygmyitis. The doctor was just starting investigative research with a new drug. Pork Shop worked his magic and got Hope into the study.
That’s where the second secret comes in. No one knew about this because they didn’t want to raise everyone’s “Hopes” about the outcome.
Last week Cisco, Arlo, Paxton, Pork Chop and Hope returned to the shelter. LOOK AT HOPE’S TAIL (second picture). As K’naan would say “LIKE A WAVING FLAG”.
Congratulations Hope. Thank you Pork Chop and Dr. Hissycat.
Come and meet these 5 beauties who are all looking for forever homes…….
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Announcement: The cats in Room 3 are planning a fundraiser for NTCR. It will be a magic show, called MAGICPALOOZA. Diesel is coordinating the event. So far we will see the Indian Rope Trick performed by Rosita, Quick Change (changing from one costume to another) performed by Whisper, card tricks performed by Mercedes, Chinese Linking Rings performed by Nemo and Nakita, and Saw the Lady in Half performed by Cleopatra. We will keep you informed of the date and venue. Invitations will be coming out soon….. By the way, the Saw the Lady in Half routine will have a “never-done-before” aspect. There will be TWO victims in this routine. It wiill be SO EXCITING AND SCARY. Here are our two volunteers getting ready for the practice session with Cleopatra.Share on Facebook