Happily Ever After!
Read some of the letters sent to us by our cats' new families to find out how successful and gratifying adoption of our cats can be! Click on an arrow to read more.
We adopted Aurora after considering at least a dozen of cats. A first visit to the shelter can be very overwhelming. There are many beautiful and lovable cats who all need a good home! Donna’s advice proved invaluable. She and the volunteers know a lot about each cat’s personality, history, and needs. After sufficient time of careful consideration of the cats and our home situation we thought that Aurora would be the right choice. One of the factors was that we both remembered her well, more than a week after meeting her for the first time.
Our second visit to the shelter was less overwhelming, as we were better prepared and could focus on the questions we had about cat care and the adoption procedure. We greatly benefited from advice about food and supplies, some of which is available at the shelter through samples or for reasonable prices. This ensured us we were starting out with the right equipment. We are also grateful for the advice we have received after Aurora had already come home with us. Great after care!
Thank you Donna and volunteers, for all your hard work at the shelter. It is a huge task to take on the care for animals in need, while others turn a blind eye. Thank you very much for rescuing my new friend.
Aurora is a happy cat and we love to have her around. She is quiet but also playful and sweet, which makes her great company: our Australian Sheppard, Tucker, even hangs out with her!
Our Australian Sheppard, Tucker, even hangs out with her...
My daughter always wants a cat. I promised her to adopt one when I come back from a long trip to China. She just couldn’t wait when I was away. When we came to the North Toronto Cat Rescue, we were surprised by so many cats in the house. Thank you Donna’s team to take care of these wonderful lives. We adopted Styx, a lovely gray white little kitten. When he came to his new home, he was so excited, running from here to there, visiting all the floors. Now Styx is our best friend. He likes to play with my daughter and nap on my lap. He is so wonderful, just like our baby. We all love him very much!
He is so wonderful, just like our baby. We all love him very much!
George (Formerly known as Vinny)
Just wanted to let you know that George is a treasure. He is such an affectionate boy and had adjusted very well. He enjoys spending days with our other 2, Walter and Jack.
When we first took him home, he seemed depressed. I think he missed the other cats he left behind. Then came out the happy George, people who meet him adore him...
I think he missed the other cats he left behind. Then came out the happy George...
Jagger (Formerly Known as Simba)
Just a little note from Jagger, formerly known as Simba. Jagger came into our lives in October of 2011. I laid eyes on him through the first door on the right as you enter the front area. He was so beautiful and regal I was afraid somebody else would take him home before I could claim him as my own. My family all walked into the first room and I picked up Jagger and sat him on my lap. He went limp and sprawled on my lap purring quietly. I told my children that they could look around all they wanted but this is the cat we are taking home.
We explored the rest of the sanctuary petting cats and kittens as we went. I was very impressed how clean the litter and the feeding areas were. Not only did I get the opportunity to pick out a companion, but I also got a lot of pointers about cat care and health. As we took Jagger home in the cat carrier, he was very quiet and relaxed and even fell asleep after a few minutes. He is one cool cat. Right off the bat he walked the house like he owned the place, not afraid in the least. The vacuum worried him at the start, but after 1 week he totally ignored it. Being very quiet at first he was incredibly relaxed around us all.
Now that a few months have passed, Jagger is getting into the groove of home life here in Whitby. We found food he loves, and have actually had to limit his feedings as he is developing quite the little tummy. He has even taught us to put all bread away when we are finished with it as bread makes a nice snack in the middle of the night! Jagger's playfulness is coming out more and more every day. He constantly flies through the air doing flips while trying to catch his favorite toy on a string. He is learning fast to be gentle with his claws and teeth. Every night he sleeps on the bed purring away seemingly louder and louder every night. He isn't a lap cat quite yet but as he ages it will just be a matter of time.
Every room we go to Jagger follows. He walks along the bathroom vanity while you brush your teeth, waving his tail against you. Jagger's oddest quirk is that he scratches the glass frantically if you are outside and he sees you. Coming back inside you will be greeted with a lot of affection because he missed you so much.
Halloween was busy as every time the door bell rang he would run to the door to greet whoever was on the other side. Of course when coming home from work it's so nice to be greeted at the door with the most beautiful cat in the world. Not a day has gone by that I don't watch him sleep admiring his beauty and feeling so lucky to have found North Toronto Cat Rescue who took such good care of my new best buddy. Thank you to all those who help the innocent,
Shannon and Family
Of course when coming home from work it's so nice to be greeted at the door with the most beautiful cat in the world. Not a day has gone by that I don't watch him sleep admiring his beauty and feeling so lucky to have found North Toronto Cat Rescue who took such good care of my new best buddy.
Diva and Guinness
I just wanted to write you a letter to provide you with an update on Guinness and Diva.
It was a bit of a shaky start indeed – I barely even saw Diva for the first 2 weeks as she chose to live under my dishwasher, up on the bookshelf or in other as-of-yet-found hiding places! She was nervous and scared and I did my best to give her some time & space to get used to me and her new home. Guinness on the other hand started warming up right away. Although he sequestered himself to the upstairs floor for the first week or so, he quickly became comfortable in his new surroundings and with me, and moved himself right in!
I felt a little sad for Guinness, as he was clearly lonely for the company of other cats, and Diva was too scared to even socialize with him. But after 2 weeks, I saw a rapid change in her. Although still wary of me, she began to emerge and quickly bonded with Guinness. The two of them started to explore the house together, and they quickly showed me that there is no place in this house that they can’t get to!
They have been playing together like mad, watching TV with me, grooming each other, sleeping together, wrestling and all sorts of crazy antics. I don’t even think I can call them "brother and sister" as it seems more like "boyfriend and girlfriend" – Diva follows Guinness around everywhere he goes, constantly rubbing up against him.
Guinness has made it clear that he is home now, and is having a blast with the place. He enjoys my company, and the company of Diva – so much so that he likes to play games... He’ll pay attention and play with her, then abruptly leave to come and play with me... back & forth and then suddenly he’ll walk away from both of us, but look behind to make sure we’re still watching him. I’ve tentatively renamed him "Tango" because he definitely loves to "do the dance" between us!
Funnily enough, he’s earned the nickname "Toots!" This is because he’s developed a strange habit – while in the throes of a good cuddle session, he’ll let out a toot (rather stinky one!) – I think he believes it’s a sign of affection! Diva is coming along. She’s still a little skittish and tends to run when anyone approaches her, but if we are still, she’ll happily have the fun of the place, and approach me for cuddles and play. Although still wary, every day she’s gaining a little more trust in me. She even (sometimes) lets me rub her belly – she definitely likes it, but is still grappling with her trust issues. She watches me cuddle with Guinness (Tango) a lot, and from that I think she’s realizing that I mean her no harm.
I’ve tentatively renamed her "Trix" because she likes to play hide & seek, though sometimes I call her "Slinky" because she can get around with such stealth and speed it’s pretty amazing!
Over the last number of days she’s really blossomed, and become quite the chatty girl – both of them in fact love to have conversations with each other and with me.
She’s starting to take over the place as well, and grows more bold each day, especially after she observes Guinness’ comfort. She’s now even allowing my boyfriend to pet & play with her, so I’m happy she’s getting comfortable with the people in her life.
What’s growing into my biggest challenge is the ability to cuddle them both at the same time! When they want their cuddles they want me all to themselves and like to block each other’s path. Guinness will often place himself between Diva & I, and sometimes will lie down right on top of her, so that he gets petted instead! He’s a crafty one indeed!
I can’t even begin to describe how much joy they bring to me. Ever since my girl (Kashmir) passed away last August, it has been so empty and quiet in my house, and it’s affected me more than I realized. Now my house feels like a home again, and I’m constantly smiling, laughing and marvelling at their antics (it’s taking some time to get used to their youth & vigour compared to my senior kitties!)
I can’t thank you and your team of volunteers enough for all of the great things that you do at the North Toronto Cat Rescue. Your love and attention has saved these cats from such terrible fates, and gives them the opportunity to enjoy long & happy lives. I’m so excited to have given Guinness and Diva their forever homes, and they both have come to enjoy being here.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for bringing us together to make a happy little family, we will always remember your kindness and the second chance at life you gave them.
It was a bit of a shaky start indeed – I barely even saw Diva for the first 2 weeks as she chose to live under my dishwasher... What’s growing into my biggest challenge is the ability to cuddle them both at the same time!
Kingston & Lewis
Good morning! Lewis has fit in incredibly well. He didn't even blink when he met our dogs. He actually rubs up against them when they walk past him. The most incredible reaction has been Kingston's. I've never seen anything like it. Lewis spent half a day in the den and then Kingston accidentally got in. Kingston immediately started cleaning Lewis! He's treating him like his own personal pet. Kingston has Lewis all cleaned up and fluffy now! Anytime Lewis starts to clean himself, Kingston comes right over and takes on the task himself! Lewis is very confident in the house. He is cuddly and playful... just a lovely and perfect addition to our family. I think Kingston is the most pleased with the new addition though. Lewis isn't a big eater yet. He isn't keen on Acana kibble. We had some Hills food from the vet (junk food we call it!) and he loves that. I'm sure once he gets eating regularly he will adapt to the healthy stuff.
Thanks for all you do! It is impossible to imagine someone not giving Lewis and Kingston a wonderful home. It's hard to fathom these lovely boys on death row in the pound. They are little angels in fur suits!
Thanks for all you do! It is impossible to imagine someone not giving Lewis and Kingston a wonderful home...
Coppurr (Formerly know as Raven)
Hi Donna and everyone at the North Toronto Cat Rescue.
We just wanted to send an update about Coppurr (formerly known as Raven) whom we adopted on June 4, 2011 (along with Lucy). Coppurr is a pure joy to have in our home and she has blossomed into a very affectionate, playful and talkative kitty! She certainly has come a long way from when we first brought her home; she was very skittish and shy and fearful and for the first month hid under the bed and would hiss and try to run away from any contact. Very slowly we worked with her every day, sitting on the floor reading a book and just let her become used to our presence. Eventually her curiosity would take over and she would slink out for a look and a sniff - over the weeks she would allow us to rub her neck and stay beside her as she ate her food.
By 3 months, she was allowing us to pet her all over and even sit on our laps briefly and she had decided it was okay to walk around the entire house and hang out in the living room with the other cats and our dog Hamish without being afraid. Now she is eager to be petted all the time, loves to play with all the toys, runs up and down the stairs chasing Rupert and Chester and she talks alot at feeding time and when being brushed and rubbed. We could not have picked a more wonderful cat to become part of our family and we are so happy to have given her a "furrever" home. Thanks again to all of you and keep up the great work! We have attached some pictures for you to enjoy!
Jo-Ann & Ron
We worked with her every day, sitting on the floor reading a book... By 3 months, she was allowing us to pet her all over and even sit on our laps briefly...
Tiffany (Formerly Known as Dolly)
I wanted to share a couple of photos of Tiffany (formerly Dolly). She has settled in quite nicely in our family, Tiffany loves to play with Amy and Evan and is very affectionate, she even takes turns sleeping with the kids. She has adjusted very well to living with a dog and we are hoping they will become good friends in no time.
We are very pleased with our decision to adopt from North Toronto Cat Rescue, and are thankful that Tiffany chose our family. Take care,
Lisa, Dave, Amy & Evan Graham
She even takes turns sleeping with the kids. She has adjusted very well to living with a dog...
Pumpkin (Formerly know as Molly)
Pumpkin has instantly adjusted very well to her new home. She is the sweetest and happiest little cat. She wakes me up in the middle of the night to bring me her favorite toy as a present. She is so laid back and friendly to everyone who meets her. I am so very happy I found her and I am very thankful for NTCR taking her in and looking after her. It is an amazing rescue group whom I will continue to support through my work at an animal hospital and personally. I wish I could have adopted more, they were so friendly and well taken care of when I visited. All my future cats will be from NTCR, no other shelter or group.
Thank you Donna and North Toronto Cat Rescue.
I am so very happy I found her and I am very thankful for NTCR taking her in and looking after her...
Lucy (Formerly know as Lola)
Hi Donna and everyone at the North Toronto cat Rescue!
We just wanted to send an update about Lucy (formerly known as Lola) whom we adopted on June 4/2011. She is such a sweet little monkey! The first few days she was a little nervous with all the new sounds in the house, but it really didn't take her long to settle in. She actually went right up to our Westie, Hamish, and rubbed against him like they were long lost pals, so she obviously has had no previous exposure to dogs or if so, they were positive. She has definitely embraced the moniker of a "copy cat". Lucy follows our big boy Chesterton all around the house - ironically enough he is also black and white, so she looks like his little sister and has picked up all his bad habits of yowling for food, jumping up on the top of the fridge and the kitchen cupboards, and taking over Hamish's dog bed!
But we just love our little Lucy goose! She is a wonderful addition to our family and we are very happy to have found her and to be able to provide her with a wonderful forever home. Thanks again Donna for everything. We have attached some pictures for you to enjoy!
Jo-Ann & Ron
She is a wonderful addition to our family and we are very happy to have found her and to be able to provide her with a wonderful forever home...
Olivia (Now Ivy)
Dear Donna and North Toronto Cat Rescue
I wanted to thank you for introducing beautiful black Olivia into our lives. She has been an absolute angel since we brought her home a few weeks ago. It only took her a day to adjust to our other cats and our dog. We re-named her Ivy since another cat is already called Olivia, and since as all your volunteers know, Ivy likes to climb around shoulders and cuddle there for hours.
I am so surprised that after a year at the shelter Ivy had not yet been adopted. She has so much to offer, and is truly a 'family cat'. Ivy sleeps with my kids, our dog, or one of her feline friends. She uses the scratching post like a pro, found the litter boxes right away and adjusted so quickly to our household. I think that's her 'training' at the shelter. You may recognize two former NTCR kittens. The top photo shows Koko, who I believe was a special needs, fragile little kitten last summer and is now just one big white and grey furball. Buff-coloured Dubsie is also in a photo -- he likes to sleep cuddled up with Ivy, but whenever I brought the camera near, they both scampered off. I'm sure they both seem so much larger to you now!
All the cats sure like to look out the sliding door, but of course we keep them indoors for their own safety and protection. What's captivating them in these photos is my dog, who is out on the deck chasing flying leaves. That's her black nose at the window, looking in ...
Thank you again for this gorgeous and sweet black cat. I hope other prospective visitors to the shelter also consider an adult cat -- honestly, so easy to take care of, no follow-up at the vet clinic since the spaying/neutering and vaccinations are already done, strong and healthy -- comes 'fully loaded'. And as for Ivy being a black cat (which apparently and shockingly still deters some people in 2011) -- she has brought us nothing but good fortune and many blessings. We are so thrilled to have her join our household. Keep doing your amazing work!
I hope other prospective visitors to the shelter also consider an adult cat -- honestly, so easy to take care of, no follow-up at the vet clinic since the spaying/neutering and vaccinations are already done, strong and healthy -- comes 'fully loaded'...
I wanted to share these photos of my Sassy with you.
She has brought me so much joy & I just love her to pieces.
She has brought me so much joy...
Bianca (Now Ciara)
In February 2011, our family decided that we wanted to adopt another cat. After recently moving, our 1 year old Siamese tabby (Bandit) was feeling that loss of his companion. We had heard of the North Toronto Cat Rescue from our vet's office and I think it was the best thing that ever happened. We adopted Ciara, a 6 month old, black kitten who was hand raised by the volunteers. She has a great personality - she is very social and always wants to play. She is always "hugging" around our necks, lying on chest and purring away.
I truly thank Donna and the volunteer staff for introducing Ciara into our lives. I know that we and Bandit (her buddy) are truly thankful. Now our evenings are filled with "elephants" running through our upstairs chasing each other, nesting in grocery bags and cuddling together in bed.
If you are able to offer your home to loving pet, please consider visiting the North Toronto Pet Rescue but be sure your heart is open - likely you will want to take them all home.
We adopted Ciara, a 6 month old, black kitten who was hand raised by the volunteers. She has a great personality...
Thanks again for everything you've done for Chevis in his young life. He's been in our house for about two weeks now and we have to say: he is just the friendliest, best-natured and most forgiving cat! It took him about two days to settle in, getting familiar with the house, the new people and new cat in his life, but now he is enjoying himself immensely, evidenced by his roaring purr, playful antics, perfect manners, and the love that he happily gives and accepts.
Chevis almost immediately tried to befriend Biggie Smalls, our other cat, but Biggie needed some time to adjust, to get used to having another cat share his environment, and so there was some hissing on Biggie's part. Now, however, the hissing has stopped and they play together, chase each other, and we are hopeful that their bond will grow stronger over time so that Chevis will finally be able to give in to his beloved habit of grooming other cats. Anyway, we hope you and the other kittens at the NTCR are doing well, and thanks again for everything,
Susan and Koen
He is enjoying himself immensely, evidenced by his roaring purr, playful antics, perfect manners, and the love that he happily gives and accepts...
It has been such a long time since we've talked. We adopted our baby "Spike" from you back on February 12, 2009. If you have a memory like mine (and you have taken care of so many kitties). My name is Michele Wiggermann, my husbands name is Sven. I remember when we first approached you, you told me that you don't usually accept families with young children. I remember being really impressed at how thoroughly you checked your families. I thought that I would send you some pictures of Mr. Spike, to see how well he's doing. When we first took Spike in he was having trouble with a bit of a cold, this comes and goes, but the older and stronger he gets the less trouble this seems to cause him. Since adopting our baby from you its AMAZING at the incredible differences we've noticed in our first kitty Reese. She is so much happier, and they are ALWAYS together. I can't imagine our life without Spike in it. He's actually figured out how to climb the ladder on our sons bunk bed so he can snuggle him as he sleeps. He's our gentle giant, and if it wasn't for people like you who care so much he would have been lost, along with his other brothers and mom. We are eternally grateful to you for taking care of our little angel until we could find him and add him to our family!!
You might be confused about the picture of the black bunny. One of our neighbours this past summer decided they were "tired" of their pet and set him "free". I kept telling my husband that I hope someone takes him in before it gets cold out. One day we found him outside of our house with a plastic bag around his neck. We took him in, the kids named him "Storm", lol I never imagined us having a bunny BUT sometimes family finds YOU right?!?! You inspired me when I met you, you do soooo much good without asking for anything in return. I look up to you for this!!!
I have always wanted to be able to do something for North Toronto Cat Rescue, being a big donation or donate time. Since we last spoke we have had another baby (which takes us to 4 lol) and with only my husband working its difficult for us to donate time/money like we would LOVE to. I started selling Avon a few years back, and I was telling my sales leader about your program and how you saved Spike. She told me to look into doing a fundraiser for you, and to see if you would be interested or not. I would really love to do this for you, and give you all of the profits. I truly admire what you do, and you told me how much you have to fight just to save these lost souls. This is a way I can help you by using the resources I have available to me. I would love to in some way help you take care of these angels until you find them their "forever homes". Sorry for writing a novel here, its just I have been waiting so long to find a way to help, every time I wake up to Spike cuddled beside me I think of you, and am soooo thankful!! Let me know if this is something you might be interested in. I can get some info ready to show you, and then you can decide if this is something that you might be interested in. I only want to do this if it is something that will help you!!! Sorry this is so long, I remember how busy of a women you are!!!! Take care, and God bless!!
Love Michele :-)
Every time I wake up to Spike cuddled beside me I think of you...
Jackson and Pepi (Now Merlin and Pumpkin)
Merlin and Pumpkin, our two handsome boys, two very sweet souls and two gifts from above….
from Joyce and Ron Armstrong
Merlin and Pumpkin, our two handsome boys...
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet and adopt Barney. He is a fun addition to our family; he and our St. Bernard Bailey are great friends. Attached is a picture of them resting after a morning of play.
He is a fun addition to our family...
Gypsy and Dot
Well, I have one cat who is a live wire, and one who is a little quieter, but it's not the way around that you might think. Gypsy has been fairly confident since I got them home on Saturday, but Dot, after hiding in the basement for a couple of hours, has blossomed. She is flying around the house chasing toys, scratching and rolling on the scratchy pad,running beside me when I walk around the house, and flying up the stairs beside me when I go upstairs from the basement. They are both sleeping on the bed with me at night, but Dot also curls up on me when I sit down to watch TV.
Actually, last night, Dot was asleep on my lap, and Gypsy was asleep beside me on the sofa. There has been no growling or hissing, and I saw them touch noses once, but mostly they stay a little bit away from each other. When I feed them their wet food their dishes are only about two feet apart and they are fine. Gypsy is quieter, but very sweet, and also walks beside me around the house. They are both eating, drinking and using the litter boxes. They both love being petted, and Gypsy loves to be brushed (Dot not so much). They are getting used to the noises in the house like the furnace and the fridge, and are walking around quite calmly.
So, all in all we're good. You'd said to give them two weeks to see if they're settling in, but I think two days is going to be enough! I think they are both enjoying not having so many other cats around, especially Dottie who has quickly come out of her shell.
You'd said to give them two weeks to see if they're settling in, but I think two days is going to be enough...
Cricket is doing well and has moved right in with our familly. She is good company and is of great entertainment when we play with her, in our boredom. We love her sooo much; she is such a sweet cat <3
just an update, and a picture of her new christmas present (her 'cat condo')
Merry Christmas to u and the cats
Cricket is doing well and has moved right in with our familly...
Mario (Formerly known as Snuggs)
I think Mario's really settling in well now :) He's approaching us, initiating play on his own, and purring like an outboard motor! :) Everyone at home (me, Bethany and my husband) is delighted with him. When you're in the vicinity, do drop in for a visit!
I think Mario's really settling in well now :)...
Thank you again for your help in finding the right cat for our family. Rusty is a loving and very friendly cat. We are happy to have him as part of our family. Here is a picture of him with one of my kids.
Rusty is a loving and very friendly cat...
Bailey (Formerly know as Santorini)
He is adjusting very well, and the other cats and Bailey are now tolerating each other nicely. Bailey follows our footsteps constantly and loves being with his people, as we love having him wherever we stand, sit or lie. He is such a joy and has a wonderful, happy personality. We are so happy that he chose us! Thank you Donna, for everything and especially for rescuing such a miracle for us.
Update from Bailey's family
Hi Donna & Volunteers:
Bailey wanted me to update you with the news that he has settled beautifully into his new home. He also says he likes bossing his two older brothers as much as he can and takes great pleasure in jumping on their backs and scaring them. He especially likes to bother his brothers when they are using the little box, and thinks it is great fun!
He is a very loving, loyal little boy who follows me everywhere I go, and races down the stairs to greet us when we come home from work. He loves being petted and jumps his turn in line, because he just can't wait! He has a couple of favorite toys, and when he wants to play will bring the toy to us, so that we can throw it, and he fetches quite quickly and puts it in our lap! He learned this on his own, and just decided one day to bring his toys to us. What a delight he is!
Thank you so much for allowing us to adopt such a special baby. We love him so much!
Arlene, Steve & Shawn
Bailey follows our footsteps constantly and loves being with his people...
We think of you often & just wanted to share with you a lovely picture we took of our dear little Abster & her big brother Sasha. I hope you are able to open up the attachment.
Abbey has settled in nicely over the last 8 months. She is such a lovely addition to our family. Colin adores her as much as I do. We are in the process of trying to start a family & we weren’t too sure how Abbey would be with kids. A few weekends ago we had our little nieces & nephews over & Abbey was such a good girl. She stayed put & let the kids pet her. She still enjoys sleeping on her perch by the window & watching her bird DVD on the big screen TV (she loves to chase blue jays & squirrels when they come on the screen). She is also helping Sasha through a tough time.
Hope things are going well at the shelter for you. Any news on if you have to move again? I’ve got the shelter bookmarked on Facebook & check it often for any updates. Well, we are thinking of you & hoping you continue to find wonderful homes for all the kitties. Talk more soon.
She is such a lovely addition to our family...
Olivia and Percy (formerly Koko and Dubsie)
Hi, Donna and North Toronto Cat Rescue!
Koko and Dubsie (now Olivia and Percy) are doing wonderfully in their new home. They have explored the house from top to bottom and love to run around, chasing each other. The other pets accepted them with only a couple of hisses from 'the older folks'. It has been a very easy and smooth adjustment for all concerned.
Koko and Dubsie tend to sleep cuddled up together, and are enjoying the laps of my kids. We hear their purring machines when they see us coming and they are truly angels in our home. They're eating well, using the 4 litter boxes no problem, and I guess their biggest decision is whose pillow to sleep on at night or which toy mouse to play with.
We are so grateful to the work of North Toronto Cat Rescue and the tireless efforts you make to find homes for so many beautiful and deserving cats. I only wish I could have brought more of them home.
It has been a very easy and smooth adjustment for all concerned...
Didi (Formerly Buttons)
Hope the NTCR is going well and that lots of kitties are finding homes. Didi is still doing amazingly, and is getting less skittish. She is now very affectionate and has now weirdly found her favourite place: in between the toilet the bath cabinet! She loves her housemate Gibson and her fur has gotten so soft since we brought her home. She loves to lick, snuggle and prance around the house. She also has a habit of stretching her hind legs all the time while she walks, it's very funny!
James and I are going to be throwing a barbecue with friends and family on the 24th to raise money for NTCR. We will have a $5 cover and a moneybox for additional donations. All of the proceeds will go right to you! Please let us know how to send the money. We thought you'd be happy to hear.
Best Regards, Tanya
She is now very affectionate and has now weirdly found her favourite place...
I took quite a few pictures of Zeke and Trance together. Zeke is till very shy, but he has made friends with Trance who has welcomed him. Zeke, has regularly been showing affection to Trance... He comes to me and rubs against my leg and lately has been settling on my lap when I watch T.V.
In fact, he seems to like watching T.V. himself...
During the day, he has the run of the place together with Trance and they seem to get along very well. When I come home in the evening, he often greets me and I pet him. He is eating well and looks very healthy.
Zeke is still very shy, but he has made friends with Trance who has welcomed him...
It's been almost 2 months since I first brought Piper home (Panda) and I wanted you to know she's doing amazing!! She fits in with our 3 other cats perfectly and has made our Feline family complete...
I'm being called the cat lady now!! I love it!!
We truly love her and are blessed to have met you. Thank you for all you do to help all the wondeful cats in your Shelter.. You're an ANGEL!!
I enclosed some new pictures of my baby girl... Piper... xoxo
She fits in with our 3 other cats perfectly and has made our feline family complete...
Thank you so much for all your help with Charlie! He is finally venturing out of his little room when we are around and letting us pet him out in the open.
He has become a very affectionate, vocal little man. We can't thank you enough for all your support.
Here are some pictures of Charlie.
See you soon, Paul
He is finally venturing out of his little room when we are around...
Just an update for you. Rosetta (aka Pancake) is doing amazingly well. She's unlike any cat I've ever had and makes me laugh constantly. She's fearless and explores everything, is not scared by the sounds outside ( I live on College street and there are street cars that make strange sounds) and she talks constantly to me and always wants to see what I'm doing.
She doesn't want to miss a thing to the point where I have to stand in the kitchen when she eats because if I go do something else, she will want to come and see thus ignore eating. She loves her laser pointer toy and gets quite the workout right before bed so she's all tuckered out. Don't worry. I keep it far away from her eyes. We also play a game called "extreme bally" which consists of me throwing the fluffy ball toy as far as I can in my apartment and she barrels after it leaping over and on top of everything in her way.
She's extremely nimble and very very agile and seems to love it. She takes the ball in her mouth and brings it back to me. Identity crisis?
You did a great job raising her and making her feel calm in the presence of humans and the easy life that she deserves. Better pictures will come soon. Just haven't had the time.
She's unlike any cat I've ever had and makes me laugh constantly....
Thank you for your wonderful knowledge and patience on Saturday as we adopted our new family member for the next 20 years :) Buttons, who is now Didi in our household, is such a dream come true. She is cuddly, friendly and fearless!
There was no need to even keep her separate for the night, she wanted to explore! She is so happy when we are around, she jumps up on her hind legs so our hands can pet her faster!
North Toronto Cat Rescue is such a wonderful place and we have been spreading the word, and plans for a fundraiser home barbecue among our friends and family are in the works. You are truly a hero in the lives of so many wonderful animals, and we are proud to have adopted from NTCR!
Here are some photos of Didi and her new housemate Gibson, so you can see how well she is doing in such a short time!
Best, Tanya and James
Buttons, who is now Didi in our household, is such a dream come true...
Missy and Chelsea (Now Maggie and Molly)
Here are a couple pics of Molly, Maggie and our dog Toby. We're loving the cats, and I think they're really happy here. They sleep with us and like to hang out wherever we are.
We're loving the cats, and I think they're really happy here...
I just wanted to give you an update and thank you for so many things; firstly for allowing me to meet Lucky. She is a beautiful quiet girl who stole my heart with her blurry photo on pet finder. I was relieved to find the North Toronto Cat Rescue shelter housed their guests in 'rooms in a home' rather than in 'cages in a facility'. The overall feeling there was one of family nurturing, it was quite evident that all animals are given love along with the necessities of life as part of their rehabilitation while waiting to be adopted. Lucky was a quiet self-assured cat who lounged and slept independently in a room of friends. The fact that she was so relaxed among this community is a testament to you and your staff, it was very obvious that she has been well taken care of, well adjusted in her environment and well socialized with both people and her feline friends.
I also want to thank you for seeing in me the possibility of a forever home for Luckyi t was important to me that this adoption wasn't about me picking a new pet but rather allowing Lucky the opportunity to decide if I would be a suitable guardian and friend for her in this world. Lucky had a very peaceful ride home with me after we left you... she gave me a little kitty noise when we first headed off, but seemed completely unphased. I should tell you that I yammered on like I was on a first date... she just took it all in stride and seemed very relaxed.
Upon arriving at her new home she wasted no time in exploring the apartment... I left her in my bedroom to unload the rest of the things in the jeep. Following your advice to familiarize her with one room and then expand on that, I thought was very rational but clearly she knew better. I came back in to find her wandering from room to room... so much for starting off slow?!
She seems to have settled right in, taking over all areas that look like beds and exploring everything else... before bed she purrs up a storm being loved, rubbed, scratched and petted and usually finds her way atop the dresser on a bed of pillows and sleeps overlooking me. ;)
She loves anything that will get her up higher- especially the top shelf in the closet, if I don't see her for half an hour I usually find her curled up in there sleeping on the blanket you gave her. She is always welcoming of any affection; her beautiful green smiley eyes greet any hand extended to her. Her soft silky baby fine coat leaves you always wanting to touch, hug and hold her more. She is not bashful at all, jumps into the bathtub and bathroom sink... the shower curtain is endless fun especially when it's wet. She followed me around yesterday while I cleaned the apartment like we were a team on a mission... and of course after we are done she manages to find cobwebs that I didn't know existed?!?
I was concerned that I hadn't seen her eating; she had been ignoring the soft food left out and seemed to have no interest in treats for the first few days home. Finally!! Of the two foods you provided me with she ate out of the Eagle Pack dish... and in the middle of the night she used the litter box!! ....its was all very exciting for me, I was so concerned that she missed the shelter, the other kitties and of course all of you!! She has since developed a regular schedule for all of her feline activities... with playing being the first priority =]
I am an eco-geek so all of her toys are made of non toxic natural materials, but of course she spent the first two days chasing my old squash ball all over the apartment before she gave them the time of day!! Ive also gotten a new brush specifically for her full beautiful coat, and we've been getting to know each other through time spent brushing and purring. She has also been a doll at using her scratch pad... only ever needing a gentle 'no' to remind her when she heads for the sofa.
Adopting Lucky was all about giving a lovely creature a forever home and to be honest a little about healing after the passing of my former feline friend of 14 years. It is a devastating blow to lose a family member and a difficult decision to open your heart and home to a new one. I have spent the past week getting to know Lucky just as much as her getting to know me. Lucky has put my fears of replacing my kitty at ease. She has erased all the worry I felt that she might not like her new home, the way I brush her or the view from my windows. She has also taught me that the amount of room and love in your heart is limitless. The adoption is not just about her getting used to her new home but also about me getting used to a new friend, with a new personality, we are now building a new bond based on who we each are to the other... not cat and owner. We complicate everything with our emotions and our four legged friends simplify all of it with a wag of their tail, wink in their eye or a meow... she opens up the possibility of new memories being made while honouring the memories of my past.
Everything about her is lovely; I can't help but describe her as that... and find myself referring to her as that. She is adorable and just the sight of her melts my heart, along with everyone who crosses her path. She is so at ease around anyone and her presence lightens any room. Despite not having a tail she makes her feelings known, this usually means demanding more attention and making sure everyone knows how soft and cuddly she is. It only takes a few moments for her to wash away any fears they have about touching the missing appendage. Everything about Lucky makes her more endearing. She is very happy to meet all of my friends and family who are all just as excited to meet the new member of the family. She has no use for closed doors and visits everyone in the bathroom like its a mandatory fee for using the facilities. I love that about cats - there is no such thing as a closed door!!
Lastly I want to thank you for the three hours I spent with you at the shelter, they were not just about meeting Lucky, but allowed me to get to know you and your staff of volunteers. It was clear to me that the animals in your care are treated with love as well as respect. The fact that you name all of them, you know their personalities, thier likes and dislikes, even their individual quirks allow you not only to find the right matches for homes but shows how much you respect these little creatures and allow them to be themselves while in this transition. The most difficult part of being with the North Toronto Cat Rescue was adopting only one... they are all so unique and beautiful in their own way... their stories show how far they have come but their eyes show that they still have faith in us- despite what they have endured. That is a testament to all of you… If ever you need reassurance of the difference you are making in this world. Without hesitation I can say that you are not only a last hope for some but the guardian angels of all these animals in the meantime. Whether the story was a broken leg, a missing tail, a matted coat or being from a feral colony the trust and acceptance I witnessed in all the creatures under your care was heart warming. There is so much in this world that causes disillusionment in our faith of human kind; the selfless devotion, endless giving and love you provide despite the heartbreaking circumstances you deal with daily and the lack of compassion and funding you receive has given me hope once again in human kind.
Thanx again for all of your hard work and dedication... without all of you selfless ladies so many miracles wouldn't find the sunlight... from my heart to yours, thank you all,
She is a beautiful quiet girl who stole my heart ...
Buffy and Tulip
Just wanted to let you know how Tulip and Buffy are doing in their new forever home. Firstly they are now named Double and Trouble.
I must say the whole experience so far has been positive. I was not very sure about getting two kittys, but we are all happy with the decision. It's so interesting seeing the 2 different personalities forming. Trouble made herself at home instantly, while Double took a day or two.
I find them to be the perfect combination of cuddly and independent. Yes they are curious and yes they're into everything, but you would expect no less from a couple of kittens. Their coats are beautiful and at this point in time they don't shed at all. I think it's partly to do with the organic food which we are continuing to feed them. I'm glad we found North Toronto Cat Rescue. The kittens and cats all look so well looked after and it's so clean.
Thank you, so much and hope to talk to you soon.
It's so interesting seeing the 2 different personalities forming.
Ginger and Zoot
Zoot and Ginger, now Annabelle and Lilly, are well and settling in.
The first two nights were anxious and noisy (and exhausting) but yesterday all four of us managed a blissful evening.
I expect for them, simply finding that they are waking up in the same place is comforting as they are clearly more comfortable – and we are a great source of treats each evening in return first for proximity and now for real petting which is a pleasure for all.
They are still under the bed during the day but have found favoured spots on the couch and easy chairs when they are up and about. Of course, much time is spent on our windowsills – we look out on a wooded grove and hillside and the squirrels are active.
We found all the right food at our local Global Pet and they absolutely love the water fountain – which apparently is not only great for drinking but also for sticking your paws in.
Thank you so very much for all your encouragement and your great patience during our search to find just the right two.
Again thank you so very much for all that you do!!
Frances & Kevin
Zoot and Ginger, now Annabelle and Lilly, are well and settling in...
We are the proud new parents (Donna Lee and Ed Souriol) from North Bay who adopted little Percy last Thursday.
I wanted you to know he has adjusted really well into our family. We find him so adorable, cuddley and he purrs and snuggles all the time. Our children and other pets love him also.
Today we took him to our vet and she said he is going to be a very loving cat. She thought we made a very good choice. She checked him all over and gave him his needles. Everything was good. We booked him to be neutered in January because we want him to feel comfortable with us first and not have too much all at once.
We were so happy to meet you and will never forget our experience in going there and seeing what you are doing with all those kittens and cats. It's so nice to know there are still some good people in this world. We also enjoyed our visit with your other helper there and appreciated the hot chocolate and cookies she made for us. I bought more dry kitten food (the same sample you gave us). I also fed him wet food (which he loves). I will keep you updated on how he is doing. I hope you and your helper have a wonderful Christmas. We will keep in touch and let you know how our little Percy is doing.
Donna Lee and Ed
We are the proud new parents (Donna Lee and Ed Souriol) from North Bay who adopted little Percy last Thursday...
I just wanted to send along some photos of Sidney so that you could see how well he is doing.
He has settled in quite well and has taken over some of Fluffy's favourite spots! I have to tell you that when he meows, I swear he has a ring tone. We so enjoy him and know that Fluffy will eventually come around, how can she not? Sidney is such a character.
I included some photos of Fluffy, so that you can see that Sidney came into a good home, with lots of love to be had (Fluffy was also adopted.)
Thank you so much for looking after Sidney, the love and attention that was given to him by all of the volunteers can be seen in his character and attitude.
I have spread the word about your shelter and will continue to do so. I would also like to come and help out and pay back what Sidney was fortunate enough to receive. I will continue to send photos so you can see how well he is doing. Thank you again, for your kindness, your generosity and your love to all those cats who so desperately need it. May they all have find good homes.
Thank you again,
I just wanted to send along some photos of Sidney so that you could see how well he is doing...
Just wanted to give you another update on Heidi. Those sad eyes are long gone, a thing of the past.
She has adjusted beautifully. She and our other cat love to play and chase one another. Whiskey is an older cat and was a large cat when we got her but she has lost lots of weight since she realized how much fun she can have with Heidi. They pretend they don't get along and when they think were not looking we catch them sleeping beside one another. Heidi has some contact with the dogs but we know that process will be slow. I thought it might be easier if she worked things out with Whiskey before she took the dogs on.
Heidi loves to follow my husband and myself everywhere. She always has to be in the same room as us. She falls asleep with her head on my husband's pillow and refuses to move over.
Heidi has been a fabulous addition to our family and we are loving every moment of bonding with her. She makes us laugh and we love to watch her chase Whiskey and vice versa.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to bring this precious cat into our home.
Just wanted to give you another update on Heidi. Those sad eyes are long gone, a thing of the past...
Katie and Jewel
I was lucky enough to find pictures of my almost two year-old girls on the North Toronto Cat Rescue website.
Katie's picture was the first one I saw and then Jewels' picture popped up, I was in love!
That night in November 2006 when I adopted them we became family!My "Girls" are as different as they can be-- Katie is the eldest by 34 days and is very shy and timid although as each day passes she is feeling more and more secure and trusting whereas her sister Jewels is one of the most outgoing kittens that you will ever find - she greets anyone that comes to our home at the door-- her personality screams 'here I am, watch me, play with me love me , I'm the main girl'. In her own home she fears nothing or anyone, and I am sure has been a big help in getting Katie to relax, and feel that it is safe and everything will be OK.
Until Donna and Carol from North Toronto Rescue found them and brought them into a safe place, my girls had a rough start to their lives.I promised both Donna and Carol at least these two little ones will be safe for the rest of their lives.
Because they care and even now are still interested in how their charges and past charges are doing, I still email pictures to Donna and let her know how my girls are and what they are doing.
As I have told Donna several times, I am so grateful that she and Carol trusted me enough to let me bring Katie and Jewels home where I could love them, of course now they are now happily running the show, just as it was always meant to be!
I was lucky enough to find pictures of my almost two year-old girls on the North Toronto Cat Rescue website...
Frosty and Blizzard
Frosty and Blizzard are identical twins that were found wondering the streets with their other siblings with no mother in sight...
They were tiny little babies on the streets to face the challenge of survival! I wish I could thank the kind people who brought them into their home and called Donna from North Toronto Cat Rescue!
My boys and I fell in love with them as we watched them snuggling into each other. It really tore at our hearts to imagine such young cats alone on their own on the streets!
Well that was Nov. 2006 and they have grown into healthy large cats - full of energy. Frosty is a lap cat and loves cuddles and sitting on my lap purring away as I work on my computer! Blizzard is slightly larger and loves being active with my other two cats.They adore Mimi (a ragdoll cat) - they sit for ages licking her face as she purrs and soaks up their love and attention! Mushi (part Siamese/Ragdoll) is Blizzard's activity partner! Well, with four cats there is tons of hide and seek. Abigail (my dog) is the policeman and demands order in the house and that they all do not get carried away! I MUST thank Donna for all the love and TLC care she gave my twin cats which helped to make them the loveable family members that they are to my boys and myself!
Thanking you so much.
Jordie, Josh and Judy!
Frosty and Blizzard are identical twins that were found wondering the streets with their other siblings with no mother in sight...
I have to take this moment to thank you and your troop for your support of the North Toronto Cat Rescue! They are a wonderful group and I am thrilled to see the community support.
I personally have adopted a little kitty from North Toronto Cat Rescue; her name is Annie as in little orphan Annie. She was caught in an illegal leg trap and was found starving and dying in a field. North Toronto Cat Rescue saved this tiny ball of fluff and got her the veterinary care that she needed. Even though Annie had to have her entire leg amputated she is now happy and healthy and loves to play her every waking moment. When North Toronto Cat Rescue saved the life of Annie they gave my family a wonderful bundle of joy that we shall love forever.
Thank you for choosing the North Toronto Cat Rescue to support with your community efforts! Be very proud of yourselves for doing such a wonderful thing. I send you a whisker tickle and a musical purr from Annie and warmest thanks and appreciation to every member of your troop who made your gift come true. Merry Christmas and love to you all!
Mary and Jeff Brown
I have to take this moment to thank you and your troop for your support of the North Toronto Cat Rescue! They are a wonderful group and I am thrilled to see the community support...
Happy New Year to you both.I hope you had a wonderful holiday and have an even better New Year.
I just wanted to give you both a Priscilla update.She remains Priscilla yet also responds quite happily to Miss. Priss. My Priscilla is an absolute doll.I brought her home on the 1st of December (a Friday night) and by Wednesday she was sleeping with me in bed.She is so affectionate and often throws herself at me for rubs and kisses.When she first came home all the sounds around her frightened her.Now, one month later fire trucks and other loud outside sounds do not even phase her, she does not even open her eyes from her frequent couch cat naps.
She is learning to open up to visitors and after some coaxing, she allows her new friends to rub her belly.
Her new favourite toy is a laser pointer.She never tires of it, hour after hour.
I returned to work on Tuesday after having a wonderful holiday at home with her.I actually missed her so much the first day back at work that I set up one of her pics as my computer desktop screen. It was enough to get me through the day.
She is a little bit of a puppy dog at times, following me around from room to room. She seems to enjoy being the only cat of the house. She has had some cat interactions and although she enjoys them, she truly comes to life one on one.
Priscilla has truly brought joy to my life and I realize that I need her as much as she needs me.I thank you both for your devotion to our feline friends. I will keep you posted as to her progress.
All the Best for the New Year,
Priscilla and Kelly Meagher
Happy New Year to you both.I hope you had a wonderful holiday and have an even better New Year...
Just a quick email to update you and Carol on Felix, formerly known as Boots! He is adjusting very well; his Brother Eddymax is coming along slowly.
Felix has gained weight from his constant eating and his stool is starting to firm-up.He loves the CD formula and we have given up on the sensitive stomach for now.We finally settled on the name Felix, but there were several before including Toots! Need I say more!
His loving nature is making Eddymax slightly jealous therefore Ron takes care of the cuddling with Felix and I take duty with Eddymax. We are learning his language and the conversations are getting longer!Eddymax is constantly being chased by Felix who just wants to play.I think Eddymax knows that Felix has his front claws and is a little leery.Eddymax is declawed.Every day is a new adventure and Felix is a very smart little boy - he has learned to stay off the kitchen counters and to use his scratching post.
I feel truly lucky to have found your organization in my hunt for a new addition. Thank you both and keep up the good work. I enjoyed watching you on Animal House Calls on Tuesday night.
Laurie Rybski, Ron, Eddymax and Felix
Just a quick email to update you and Carol on Felix, formerly known as Boots! He is adjusting very well; his Brother Eddymax is coming along slowly...
I hope you have been well. I thought I would send you some pictures of little Coco (Mittens). It is her birthday on July 21st (yes, she will get a gift and candle in her food), so I thought I would drop you a line and show you some pics.
She is the BEST cat ever. Everyone loves her. She falls asleep while I clip her toenails, talks to me every night when I get home from work (waits at the door too) and just LOVES to cuddle (and sleep the whole night curdle up with me). WOW, just perfect. You did a great job raising her, so many people have made comments about how lucky I am that she has never damaged a thing in my place but I think it was just good raising on your part. I would definitely refer, or come to you again for a little friend for Coco.
Best money I ever invested, so THANK YOU very much.
Any how, she will be a year in 3 days so here she is. These aren't entirely up to date, (you can see her belly still from when she was spade). It took quite a while for that fur to come in- but she is all grown up now. On a side note- she only wears the collar when I have company. (hehe)-- I remember your words about them not liking things around their necks.
Any how, Every so often I will pass some pics along if you would like to see her.
She is the BEST cat ever. Everyone loves her. She falls asleep while I clip her toenails, talks to me every night when I get home from work ...