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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.
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Silver and Goldie (Formerly known as Dusty and Sandy)
Have been promising to send pictures of Goldie and Silver but have not had much of a chance so wanted to do so while I had a minute. These 2 playful kittens have been so much fun and entertainment - both are a bundle of energy and such good kitties. Silver loves to spend her time talking to us and staring out at our birdfeeders or sleeping on the computer while I am trying to work! Goldie is forever running around with a feather toy she recently acquired, or trying to get into something - she is so curious! I am so happy we took two as they are so interactive with each other. They love to play chase and wrestle. They are so gentle and affectionate with my son who cannot get enough of them!
Thank you so much for giving these sweet animals such a good start ... we promise the will give them the loving home they deserve!
Karen, John, and Scott
I am so happy we took two as they are so interactive with each other...
Castiel (Formerly known as Parker)
We have been meaning to send an update on the adorable Castiel (most volunteers remember him as Parker), for oh I don’t know months and months! I have had a few volunteers ask me about him, and I know we love hearing the updates from other pet parents and seeing the pictures!
So remember how quiet and passive he was at the shelter, kinda like he was always stoned? Well once we got him home we thought that was always going to be the case, he was just a very calm kitty. When we brought him home he didn’t even get out of the carrier, he just sat there so we took the top off and let him do his thing, which he didn’t move for a bit and was just kinda chilling!
It only took a few days before his real personality came, out, totally kitty crazy!!! Running around the house like a bat outta hell, and chasing Zoey (she is our youngest and the most playful) and they have wrestling matches/play tag you name it, all day!! They are the best of friends!!! It is so cute! The rest of the gang really don’t pay him much mind, they are just like “really guys, another cat???” But Rocky, Jerry & Chloe are accepting, they don’t have to like him, but they do tolerate him, even sometimes letting him sleep besides them (or near them anyways!)
And we have learned that Castiel likes to play fetch! We have tons of toys for the kids but we have these furry balls that have these kinda sparkly hairs attached to them (see pix) which he goes absolutely ape over!! So we throw them he picks them up in his mouth and brings them back to us!!! And if Scott and I are both in the room Castiel will make sure to take turns with each of us to play so that neither one of us feels left out!
One other unique thing about him, his markings were so very unique, one of the things that drew us to him his fur was like a black and smoky grey with a light undercoat.. well the back of his ears after a few weeks the hair turned white! So when you look at him he looks a bit like a clown with the white behind his ears!! He is so bloody adorable already, and this just makes him more!
Anyways, Castiel makes a lovely addition to our family and we are so thankful for finding out about the shelter from the Veggie Festival last year, and for getting the chance to help you out at the shelter and meet all the wonderful volunteers, and getting to know and love so many of the very special kitties that you help out every day!!!
BTW we will be there on Sunday morning to volunteer! J
Melissa & Scott
We have tons of toys for the kids but we have these furry balls that have these kinda sparkly hairs attached to them (see pix) which he goes absolutely ape over...
We adopted Bogard from you a few months back, we love him very much and he is a great addition to our little family. We wanted to thank Donna for all her help with caring for bogard and bringing him back to a happy healthy kitty. We have attached some pictures of bogard so you can see how he is doing.
Starlynn Venditti & Jeremy Whitaker
We love him very much and he is a great addition to our little family...
Mumble (Formerly known as Bumble)
It has been a long time sine we adopted Bumble and just wanted to let you know he is absolutely adorable. I do apoligize for not contacting you before know but I have been extrememly busy.
Bumble, now named Mumble adjusted slowly as you said. when we arrived home he came out of his carrier and sat on the couch. He went right up to our dog Jack and they both sniffed each other then went on their way. There was no hissing or growling. It took him about a week to eat anything substantial but he drank lots of water from the dog dish not his own!!!! He loves to cuddle, play and eats now no problem. He is awesome! He weights just over 11 lbs. and we know if we are sitting within minutes he is up on our laps. Anyway thank you and will try to keep you up to date.
Lorraine Escott & Family
He drank lots of water from the dog dish not his own!!!!...
Sam and Annie (Formerly known as Lancelot and Guinever)
Just a quick email & a few pics to show you how nicely Sam & Annie are snuggling into their new home. They spent most of the afternoon sniffing every crook & cranny of the condo and have spent the bulk of the night in the front bedroom playing with their toys & climbing/resting all over their cat stands. They want lots of cuddles & petting so that's what they're getting - my arms are tired but it's worth it to hear their little purr motors going!
They're adjusting really well and are relaxed & purring.
I'll send you some more pics once they've settled in a bit.
Thanks again for today.
They want lots of cuddles & petting so that's what they're getting - my arms are tired but it's worth it to hear their little purr motors going!...
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...