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GOGO Photo Contest 2020 – “My Happy Place”

GOGO Photo Contest 2020 – “My Happy Place”

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GOGO Get your pets pictures – Our 4th GoGo Photo Contest “My Happy Place” is happening and runs until Midnight Friday July 31, 2020.

Enter your Photo, 

then SHARE, SHARE, SHARE with family & friends and make sure they VOTE, VOTE, VOTE so your Fur-Baby Wins!

By entering the contest, you are:
– Proudly showing off your precious and photogenic Fur-Baby.
– Your support & entry help us raise much-needed funds to save the North Toronto Cat Rescue and our mission of protecting, caring for, and providing a home for our current cats and many more that need rescuing until they find their “fur-ever” homes.
There are 3 Awesome prizes for the top 3 photos (determined by number of votes):
1st Place: 16×20 painting of your photo (retail value $600)
2nd Place: $100 Cash or $100 Pet Valu Gift Card
3rd Place: $50 Cash or $50 Pet Valu Gift Card



Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine?

Be My Valentine 2020

Share the love this Valentine’s Day with a special gift to a shelter cat and show them you care.

Simply click the link below to say Yes! I’ll be you’re Valentine!


All proceeds go directly to support the North Toronto Cat Rescue. Finding furever homes because all cats deserve a second chance.


Happy Healthy Cat Month – September!!!

Happy Healthy Cat Month – September!!!

Happy Healthy Cat Month

Happy Healthy Cat Month @ NTCR!!!

NTCR Winter 2018 Newsletter is OUT!!!

NTCR Winter 2018 Newsletter is OUT!!!

Winsong Farm Fall 2018 Fundraiser

Winsong Farm Fall 2018 Fundraiser

Fall Fundraiser Flyer

Horses and Cats: A Winning Combination

Who says you can’t love horses AND cats? Asking all feline fanciers to attend this fabulous equine fundraising event being held in OUR honour! This compassionate family saved the lives of two ailing and abandoned kitties (Holly – adopted & Norman, a kitten) and placed them in our care to flourish and find fur-ever homes. Now they are “gifting” us again. Won’t you support them as they support us?


Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day (August 17, 2018)!!! *Meow*

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day (August 17, 2018)!!! *Meow*

Black Cat Appreciation Day #2


$441 Raised for North Toronto Cat Rescue!!!

$441 Raised for North Toronto Cat Rescue!!!

 NTCR-Raffle-PinsPatch-Show-2018 - 2To everyone who entered the Sparkle Collective backpack raffle at the Pins and Patches Show on July 29TH @ The Great Hall, Toronto, thank you from the bottom of our fur-babies hearts. The money has been donated to the North Toronto Cat Rescue (NTCR).

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Sparkle Collective

Happy International Cat Day (August 8, 2018)!!! *Meow*

Happy International Cat Day (August 8, 2018)!!! *Meow*

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Want to win this cutely designed backpack?

Want to win this cutely designed backpack?

NTCR Raffle - Pins&Patch Show 2018


ATTEND the PINS AND PATCHES SHOW ON JULY 29TH @ The Great Hall, Toronto, you can see the wonderful prize in person and buy your raffle tickets there. Sparkle Collective will be showcasing some of their other awesome work.

Popular local artist and designer Britt, from Sparkle Collective, creates cat-themed pins, patches and other funproducts. She has partnered with NTCR to raffle this wonderful backpack featuring almost every cat pin that she has ever released. These goodies are worth over $300… and all money raised goes towards NTCR!

Get your raffle tickets at the event for a chance to win this wonderful prize!!!


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Sparkle Collective

Pins and Patches Show ON JULY 29TH @ The Great Hall, Toronto,





NTCR @ Whitchurch-Stouffvile Strawberry Festival 2018

NTCR @ Whitchurch-Stouffvile Strawberry Festival 2018

NTCR - Strawberry Festival 2018



Raffle Tickets Gift Basket Winner: Marlo’s mom, Nancy

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This is Marlo.

She was so excited to receive this lovely basket as won by her mommy, Nancy through the raffle tickets she bought from North Toronto Cat Rescue booth at the Stouffville Strawberry Festival. 


Thank you so much for all your support at the Stouffville Strawberry Festival 2018. 

Pet Valu April 2018 Pet Appreciation Month

Pet Valu April 2018 Pet Appreciation Month

April was a busy month for our volunteers, heading out to the Newtonbrook location almost every weekend!

Mother Nature certainly wasn’t on our side, but we nonetheless persevered and made it out to 8 events where we featured a number of our furry friends: Major Tom, Nibbles, Ossi, Tansy, Travis, Magdelena, Martini, Tiegan, and Myles. Hopefully, we’ll start to hear about the adoption news for them soon!

In the end, through donations being collected by the Newtonbrook ($2,323) and Major Mackenzie & Dufferin ($745.50) stores, and donations/sales at our volunteer tables ($331.50), we raised $3,400 for our furry friends!

Thank you to Pet Valu, their customers, and our volunteer.


Sugar Donates to NTCR via Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Sugar Donates to NTCR via Great Canadian Giving Challenge

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Paws for Thought - My Fairy Tail


Sugar offers a donation to NTCR of $3 from the purchase of each book by anyone mentioning NTCR either with payment or by messaging her mom, Melody Karwowski, once their order has been placed.

Paws for Thought Ordering Info - June 2018

The North Toronto Cat Rescue’s 3rd GoGo Photo Contest HAS BEGUN!!!

The North Toronto Cat Rescue’s 3rd GoGo Photo Contest HAS BEGUN!!!

Our Photo Contest:

Who? What did you say your pet is?

This is your chance to show everyone photos your pet(s)!!!
Submit your photo by:

1)  Start your entry here.

2) Enter your photo(s) = $10 entry fee donated to North Toronto Cat Rescue. All photos submitted to the contest will appear on line, where the public can vote for their favorite photos.

3) Vote = $1 per vote. People can vote as often as they like and votes will be displayed on the contest web page as they come in.

4) Share your link, vote early, vote often, and encourage friends and families to vote!

5) Watch you votes grow each day – voting starts June 1, 2018 at 8 am and ends June 30, 2018 at 11:59:59 pm.

6) Winners will be announced on the North Toronto Cat Rescue website. Selecting a winner is extremely difficult, that’s why we’re leaving the choice to you, through Voting. 100% of the proceeds go to help the cats at the North Toronto Cat Rescue.


The winner is determined by number of votes received.

First Place Winning Photo :

-> 16×20 painting of your photo (retail value $500)

Second Place Winning Photo:

-> $100 Pet Value Gift Card or Cash

Third Place Winning Photo:

-> $50 Pet Value Gift Card or Cash


Donate in the month of June and Help us win $10,000!!!

Donate in the month of June and Help us win $10,000!!!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here!

Donate to NTCR on from June 1 – June 30, and you will automatically enter us to win $10,000!

It’s simple: every $1 you donated in June counts as an entry to win.

The more you give, the more chances to win! #GivingChallengeCA

NTCR Donation Page


Paws for Thought – My Fairy Tail by Melody Karwowski

Paws for Thought – My Fairy Tail by Melody Karwowski
Melody wrote the book: “Paws for Though – My Fairy Tail: The life story of a little one-eyed, toothless ginger girl kitty”, about her cat, Sugar.

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The story was told by Sugar herself.

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Melody Karwowski adopted Sugar from NTCR on March 3, 2012.
Sugar was born at NTCR on July 31, 2011.

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Deadline for ordering the book through Melody Karwowski is May 24th, 2018 (Friday).

Melody will offer a donation to NTCR of $3 from the purchase of each book by anyone mentioning NTCR either with payment or by messaging her once their order has been placed.


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The Launch of “All Things Cat” Weekly Column

The Launch of “All Things Cat” Weekly Column


Crazy about cats and curious too? Fancy separating fact from fiction? Eager to be educated and entertained? Then “All Things Cat”, our new weekly column by Nomi Berger purr-omises to keep feline fanciers fully informed: on topics from A-Z. Paw-lease join us every Monday, become regular readers, spread the word, and share your comments with the rest of our NTCR family.


Petition to the House of Commons: E-1580 (Cruelty to animals)

Petition to the House of Commons: E-1580 (Cruelty to animals)

Canada NEEDS an animal abuse registry! 

Everyday organizations across the country work hard to rescue animals from suffering at the hands of their abusers. There’s no system in place in communicating individuals not suitable to own animals, potentially putting more animals at risk. However, a public database would allow citizens and rescue shelters to verify they won’t be placing an animal with an animal abuser.

Please view the attached link for more details and consider signing the petition to make it happen:

Upcoming NTCR Events!!!

Upcoming NTCR Events!!!


Did the Catnip Bowl sound fun? Come out to some of our upcoming events – it’ll be paw-some to see our supporters in person!


Pet Valu Pet Appreciation Month

When: Saturdays and Sundays in April (excluding April 1, 2018)

Where: 5853 Yonge St., North York


Pet Valu National Adoption Weekend

When: April 22, 2018

Where: 1410 Major Mackenzie Dr. W., Vaughan


Aurora Chamber Street Festival

When: June 3, 2018

Where: Yonge St. – between Wellington St. & Murray Dr., Aurora


Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival

When: June 30 and July 1, 2018

Where: Off Main Street at Memorial Park (2 Park Dr., Whitchurch-Stouffville)


33rd Annual Veg Food Fest

When: September 7-9, 2018

Where: Harbourfront Center – 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto


Thornhill Village Festival

When: September 15, 2018

Where: Yonge St. – between Centre St. and John St., Thornhill


First Annual NTCR Gala

When: October 2018

Where: Email to be kept informed


Cats Sit In the Strangest Places … and We Have the Pics to Prove It!

Cats Sit In the Strangest Places … and We Have the Pics to Prove It!

We’ve recently wrapped up our second GoGo Photo Contest posing the question ‘How and Where Does Your Cat Sit?’

There were certainly a lot of interesting places from dish racks to sinks in many postures and poses.

Thanks to our supporters we raised $1,517 where all the proceeds will go to saving, sheltering, and healing animals.

Congratulations to our winners!

FIRST PLACE:  Rufus who won a 16×20 painting of the photo


SECOND PLACE:  Stewie who won a $100 Pet Valu gift card


THIRD PLACE:  Birdie who won a $50 Pet Valu gift card

Want to showcase your pet? Join our Facebook group to be kept informed about our next GoGo photo contest in February 2018.

Oh, What a Night!!!

Oh, What a Night!!!

We’d like to say a big, big THANK YOU to all our NTCR friends and family for joining us at the Catnip Bowl!

From those that came out for a fun evening of bowling, to everyone who couldn’t attend but still showed their support by buying raffle tickets, we are so grateful for your kindness, love and generosity. Last night was heaps of fun — competition was fierce, and raffle prizes were very in demand! 

Thanks to all our donors for the prizes, to Playtime Bowl & Entertainment for being such wonderful hosts, and to our amazing volunteers for putting together such a great event!

Meet some kitties on National Adoption Day!

Meet some kitties on National Adoption Day!

You can’t buy love, but you can adopt it!

North Toronto Cat Rescue is proud to be part of Pet Valu’s National Adoption Weekend.

On Saturday, October 14th, come meet some of our furry friends looking for their forever homes,  chat with some of our wonderful volunteers, and enjoy a Bake Sale too!


Pet Valu, Newtonbrook Plaza, 5853 Yonge St, North York, ON M2M 3T9


Saturday, October 14th, 2017


10am – 4pm

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Here’s a video to show you what this fantastic event is all about:

Photo Contest starting October 15th!

Photo Contest starting October 15th!

After the overwhelming response to our first photo contest (“Look at that face!”), we’re excited to announce our second contest: How? Where? Did You Say Your Cat Sits?

By entering the contest, you are:

– Proudly showing off your precious and photogenic fur baby.

– Supporting NTCR by donating to our future.

Your support (and entry!) helps us raise much-needed funds to save the North Toronto Cat Rescue and our mission of protecting, caring for, and providing a temporary home for our current cats and many more that need rescuing.

Mark Your Calendars:

The contest starts October 15, 2017, at 8 am and ends November 18, 2017, at 11:59:59


There are three awesome prizes for the top 3 photos (determined by number of votes):

First Place: 16×20 painting of your photo (retail value $500)

Second Place: $100 Cash or $100 Pet Value Gift Card

Third Place: $50 Cash or $50 Pet Value Gift Card

Start prepping!

On October 15th, click here to enter your photo (or photos!), then SHARE, SHARE, SHARE with family & friends and make sure they VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Good luck!

Introducing the new NTCR logo!

Introducing the new NTCR logo!

​After over 20 years, and as part of our ongoing evolution, we’re excited to launch the brand new logo for North Toronto Cat Rescue!

After careful consideration, we chose a design that reflects the love we have for what we do, at a shelter many rescued cats now call home. We know our long-time fans may have a soft spot for the old logo, but after a difficult year, we realized that perhaps it was time for a change. 

Our new identity is modern, fun and cute! And pays tribute to all the lovable feline friends that come through our doors so often. We hope you love it too!


Shop Amazon, Help NTCR!

Shop Amazon, Help NTCR!

Shop Amazon, Support NTCRIf you love shopping on Amazon, you can now also support NTCR through our affiliate partnership…at NO added cost to you! 

With every purchase you make through our direct link, you will help NTCR earn a small commission that will go a long way in supporting our shelter and feline friends. Shop and support – it’s a win-win! 

For more details, click here.


“Rescuing The Rescue” showing at TIFF 2017

“Rescuing The Rescue” showing at TIFF 2017

Here’s our very own Donna Cox with independent filmmaker, Veronica Thor, at the Toronto Independent Film Festival last night for the screening of “Rescuing The Rescue”, a documentary short film about the NTCR and Donna’s unwavering commitment to save the lives of our furry friends.

Watch the full documentary below:



We need your VOTE!

We need your VOTE!

We’re excited to be nominated for the Pets Plus Us Champion Awards 2017, in the Shelters and Rescues Category! But we need your help to reach the finals.

Please click here to VOTE and show your support for North Toronto Cat Rescue.

You can vote once a day, every day until October 12. 

We appreciate your support and your vote. Fingers and paws crossed!



Please SHARE to help raise funds for the Save NTCR Campaign.

Please SHARE to help raise funds for the Save NTCR Campaign.

We’re excited to announce our very first photo contest called “Look At That Face!”


By entering our contest, you are:

1.    Proudly showing everyone your precious & amazing fur baby

2.    Making a donation to NTCR’s future


Contest starts Monday May 1, 2017 at 7:00am   

Contest link:


About North Toronto Cat Rescue (NTCR):

NTCR is a unique shelter in that we are the ONLY No Kill, No Cage shelter in the GTA. Our mission for the last 28 years has been to take cats living in the horrible conditions of street life, provide medical treatment (address any health issues, spays / neuters & vaccines) and provide them with a safe loving environment while being socialized until they are ready for adoption.

We currently have many residents that are in the middle of their journey of learning to trust, accept human touch and blossom into the loving trusting souls that they were meant to be. We are their voice and the voice of the ones still out there, waiting for rescue.


We need your help to ensure that we can continue our mission!


There are 3 awesome prizes for the tops 3 photos which will be determined by number of votes

1.    First Place: 16×20 painting of your photo (retail value $500)

2.    Second Place: $100 Cash or  $100 Pet Value Gift Card

3.    Third Place:  $50 Cash or  $50 Pet Value Gift Card


Please Enter your “Look At That Face” photo or photos

Then SHARE, SHARE, SHARE with family & friends and make sure they VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Pippa & Kiki Update

Pippa & Kiki Update
You may remember that in 2015 Ruby, one of our pregnant cats gave birth to five kittens with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), also known as wobbly kittens. We urgently required foster homes, to give us adequate time to find permanent homes for them, and Pia, one of our volunteers stepped up to foster two of the moderate CH kitties, Pippa and Kiki. Well, we didn’t need to find these guys permanent homes as Pia fell in love with them (it is hard not to) and adopted them both. Here is an update on Pippa and Kiki, and watch this space for more news about Ruby and her precious CH babies. Thanks to Pia for the following update, and for giving these beautiful kitties a loving home.

“In Summer 2015 I started volunteering at NTCR, and there were several kittens with mild-moderate CH looking for homes. There were many reasons why I chose to foster Pippa and Kiki. Upon initially seeing them my first feeling was sympathy, and because of their condition many of the other cats in the shelter were not comfortable around them because of their uncoordinated ungraceful movements. They needed assistance eating and drinking. They had trouble getting to and using their litter box. These kittens needed far more attention than a “normal” one would and I wanted to help them.
Many people (including veterinary professionals) are of the opinion that kittens born with severe CH should be euthanized. However, there are many people who would disagree and devote their time and love to CH cats. I already had a 5 year old mild CH cat, Mrs Flopperz, who I adopted when she was three months old, so I had some experience in handling CH kittens. To cut a long story short, I’m a failure at fostering! Despite also having two five year old siblings (Ketchup and Buckleberry) I became very attached to Pippa and Kiki and knew that I could give them a loving home. Pippa and Kiki are extremely special girls who had developed personalities. Pippa was a little firecracker full of determination and Kiki would make these adorable attention seeking sounds and then roll around for belly rubs. She purred as soon as you were within sight of her.
Pippa had the worst CH of all her siblings, and Kiki was a more moderate level. I felt that I could focus on giving these two the attention that they needed, and hoped that somebody else would foster the remaining pair (Ruby and Skippyjon had already been adopted at that point). They have taught me a lot about patience, determination, compassion, and unconditional love. They became a part of my family and part of my daily routine. Originally when I adopted Mrs Flopperz, there was a special innocence about her. Pippa and Kiki also possess this same sweet innocence.
I feel a surge of happiness when I see them drinking water on their own. It’s the most basic thing in life. Their animal instinct is just like any other cat: survival. Watching them grow into their own unique selves is quite rewarding. They have developed a friendship with Phoenix (newest rescued cat in the home), and a relationship (the kind where they just co-exist and co-habitate) with London who is the princess of the house. Pippa and Kiki get hyper and play just like any other cats. Watching them playing and being happy is extremely fulfilling.
When they were younger, it was challenging to keep them clean. They hadn’t mastered the art of the litter box quite yet and at times would fall in their poop or pee on their own leg fur. As they grew, they graduated from a small shallow litter box, to a bigger litter box, to a covered litter box. Making sure they can access their food and water on their own was a challenge as well when they were young. Today I can take comfort in knowing that both have developed their own skills and methods for successful food and water consumption. At one point I witnessed Pippa becoming frustrated with being unable to balance herself in front of her water dish, so she pushed the dish with her paw and some water spilled out. She then proceeded to lay in front of the puddle and start lapping up water. They are so determined and so versatile.
Pippa and Kiki have their own bedroom that is what we used to call our den. The floor is covered in foam padding and walls have crib bumpers along the bottom. They have plenty of blankets, a flat tray of free feed dry kibbles, a ceramic shallow water bowl, and a covered litter box that is shallow for their easy access. We keep the door open but have a baby gate with a clear window. They stay in this room overnight or when no one is home (they have their own radio playing classical music). When we are home Pippa and Kiki spend their day on a blanket on the main floor. Occasionally one may go on a walking adventure and bump into stuff here and there. They are very strong girls and if they fall they get up and continue on. Although Floppy is able to climb up and down the stairs, Pippa and Kiki are unable to. They have never made an attempt to go up the stairs, and they cannot access the stairs to go down, as the baby gate prevents them from exiting their bedroom.
Since adopting Pippa and Kiki, I have learned that their claws play a very important role in getting around. On rugs or their foam padded flooring, they use their claws to grip into the floor for traction. On the hardwood floors they slide around like Bambi on ice. Pippa seems to have an aversion to being picked up or carried, and she appears uncomfortable with heights. To move her from their upstairs bedroom to the main floor I wrap her up in a comfort blanket to reduce her stress. CH cats develop very strong muscles in their legs to get around and they keep getting stronger. I have also learned that the CH condition is not very well known or understood, and that awareness needs to be raised so these cats don’t end up being put down needlessly.
The advice I would give to anyone considering fostering or adopting CH/special needs kitties is to be prepared for a lot of work, but the payoff is beyond worth it. As they get older, they become much easier to manage. All of my CH cats are the most loving and almost constantly purring. There is also a feeling of fulfillment of doing a good deed in helping those who cannot help themselves. If you have a compassionate heart a CH cat will fit into your home perfectly.” ~ Pia

Update on Smudge (Nickel)

Update on Smudge (Nickel)


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!”

Giles Story

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”.



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.”


NTCR Interview with Rogers TV


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:

18th April – Jacqui talks about fundraising for NTCR and how people can get involved as volunteers or fundraisers.
Watch here:

25th April – Jacqui talks about Save NTCR, the loss of our shelter, and our goals for 2016.
Watch here:

Please join our cause and help Save NTCR!

Save NTCR!

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 was established by Donna Cox, whose ambition was to take vulnerable cats off the street and bring them in to a secure environment, where they live in complete safety until they find their permanent home. In 2008 NTCR moved in to its current shelter location, and approximately 160 cats are living at the shelter today, away from the horrors of the street and the harsh lives they previously led. Over the years, more than 2,400 cats have benefitted from the services of NTCR and are now living the lives they deserve as part of a loving family. However, the future of the current cats, and others like them who still need to be rescued from the streets, are uncertain due to the planned demolition of the shelter at the end of 2016 to make way for property development.

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!

The consequences of not finding a new property are impossible to consider, with the cats facing either a treacherous life back on the streets or being relocated to other rescues in the GTA where those unable to find a ‘furever’ home will face probable death. NTCR is the only no-cage and no-kill facility in the GTA. It also receives no financial support whatsoever from the Province or City, and all funds come in via adoption, sponsorship and donations.
NTCR is run entirely by volunteers and operates purely on donations and the generosity of its supporters. Its intake policy is non discriminatory, and cats come to the shelter from all over the GTA and even as far as Quebec. If the need is there, NTCR will do all that they can to respond and rescue any cat. Every life is precious.
The challenge therefore is to buy or rent a new property or a plot of land, complete renovations and relocate all of the current cats quickly and safely. This of course comes with a significant price tag, with the cost of purchasing a property likely to exceed £1m. This is where your help is desperately needed to save these precious animals.
The first stage of the journey is to raise enough money to do all the preparatory work, including: searches, land or property downpayment, satisfy legal and regulatory requirements, etc. Having this in place will put NTCR well on the way to relocating to a new location.
Without this money NTCR will fail to exist and this is just not an option. With your help, NTCR will continue to offer security for its current cats and any new cats that come through its doors. No donation is too small, and you can be assured that every single dollar raised will go towards providing essential shelter and support for the cats.
Please refer to the website ( and Facebook ( for further information on NTCR.

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.


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 to donate online.

Thank you!

North Toronto Cat Rescue wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Match Gift Campaign – NTCR is seeking a partner!

Match Gift Campaign – NTCR is seeking a partner!

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

Second and final week of NTCR fundraising ONLINE AUCTION

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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Online Auction now open!

The North Toronto Cat Rescue Online Auction is now open for bidding, please raise a paw and make a difference!

Click here for link to Auction site.


NTCR Online Auction – get ready to bid!

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.

Auction pic

There’s no mistaking when our girl Socks is a happy kitty……



Who couldn’t use some super charged love in their life?

For Socks’ adoption information, click here.

When does 1 + 1 = 7 ?

 When 1 unneutered tom and 1 unspayed queen produce a kindle of kittens of course!


ThIs is Shadow.

Shadow, not yet trustful of his new digs.

Shadow, not yet trustful of his new digs






And this is Ruby.

Ruby enjoying a few minutes away from her brood.

Ruby enjoying a few minutes away from her brood.



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.


Awwwww……. Our youngest members of the NTCR family.


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.


Pyometra, yet another reason to spay your cat.




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.

New beginnings.

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!

Some new arrivals at the shelter have found the cutest way to cozy up.

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!


A BIG Thank You!!!

A BIG thank you to Coral and Vivian for holding a baking marathon of cupcakes & cookies and presenting the proceeds in the form of a cheque to NTCR in the amount of $400.00 !
On behalf of all the fur babies at NTCR, thank you Coral & Vivian!

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Toyota Wishmaker Day 16 – Deck the Shelter Walls

Isn’t this great? We have been recognized by Toyota. 24 nominations chosen out of 700 submitted. .

Please vote daily!!! We need your help!

Winning this award would help pay for all of our cats expenses and find a new place for the shelter.

North Toronto Cat Rescue @ Aviva Community Fund

Please  VOTE DAILY!!



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.

Article source:

Doane House Hospice 5th Annual Hospice Craft & Gift Show!

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Esso and His Buddies: The Return of the Huge Green Bed

cat esso pc etcThese 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.

cat esso etcSomeone 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. 

car-cramming-renaultI 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……

My Room 5 Cat Colleagues

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.

Some of our Room 5 welcomers

Some of our room 5 welcomers


KC and April appear to be settling in well. Both still have to be approached with caution.


Beautiful KC

Wonderful April

Wonderful April





Moving Day For April- Another “Scaredy-cat Joins the Pride

Diesel and his buddies watch from above wondering why the usual socialization doesn't take place

Diesel and his buddies watch from above wondering why the usual, treat-promising socialization session isn’t taking place.









Her crate is emptied to make room for the carrier.

April’s crate has been emptied to make room for the carrier.


The carrier is manoeuvred and April just needs a backside tap and she's in.

The carrier is manoeuvred and April just needs a backside tap and she’s in.






Beautiful April  is pretty calm in comparison to others making this. transition.

Beautiful April is pretty calm in comparison to others making this transition.










Sweet and gentle Chastity is an excellent greeter for our nervous girl, now in a different room.

Sweet and gentle Chastity is an excellent greeter for our nervous girl, now in a different room.


Now it's up to April to decide when she's ready to enter her new world.

Now it’s up to April to decide when she’s ready to enter her new world.












After a short time, April has found her first "hidey-spot" between the wall and a crate.  She didn't protest a brushing.

After a short time, April has found her first “hidey-spot” between the wall and a crate. She didn’t protest a brushing.



Mugsy Lives Up to Her Name

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.


Here, she is being held back after threatening other cats.











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.

Visiting Ma Barker

Meet Ma Barker, who introduced me to the world of scaredy- cats (notice that I didn't say "feral").

Meet Ma Barker, my first introduction to the world of scaredy- cats (notice that I didn’t say “feral”).

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.

Ma Barker





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.

See full article:


Fostering a Special Soul

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.

Mugsy asleep at the computer.

Mugsy asleep at the computer.

KitKat, one of Mugsy's hefty siblings

KitKat, one of Mugsy’s hefty siblings


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.


One of the Joys of Fostering

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.

Syringe feeding a reluctant eater  was tiring and discouraging, at times.  But, in the long run, most rewarding

Syringe feeding a reluctant eater was tiring and discouraging, at times. But, in the long run, obviously well worth it.  Hopefully, she’s out of harm’s way.


Rewards of Working with Newly Trapped Cats

When socializing cats, that first touch is a most amazing feeling.  No words needed here, please meet KC kitty.

The Troops Arrive at the Shelter

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!!!cat trooper

Special Beds for Special Cats – now with video update

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.

Cheeky and Chalky hiding out

Cheeky and Chalky hiding out









Brutus makes a better choice of hiding spots and leaves the litter.

Brutus makes a better choice of hiding spots and leaves the litter.

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.

Tippy can now be moved forward to make brush or hand contact easier.

Tippy can now be moved forward to make brush or hand contact easier.









Socializing Ms. Wonderful

The Terror Known as George is Out and About

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”).

"Scaredy-cat George, at the beginning of his socialization

“Scaredy-cat George, at the beginning of his journey 








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 looking a little unsure of himself

George looking a little unsure of himself


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.

George, a little more relaxed

George, a little more relaxed









The beginnings of a teddybear?

The beginnings of a teddybear?



Almost as Many Volunteers as Cats… Seemed Like It!!!

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

NTCR's tiny Timbit (dumped in a McDonalds parking lot) gets a top Nielsen rating .

NTCR’s tiny Timbit (dumped in a Tim Hortons parking lot) gets a top Nielsen rating .









Our Nielsen Volunteer Angels for the Day

Our Nielsen Volunteer Angels for the Day


Update on: A Fostering to “Keep ‘Em Alive and Thriving” Thank You!!!


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.

Momma Wonder and her little wonders

Momma Wonder and her little wonders









Mommas Who Could Use a Helping Hand with the Kids

Treasure and her four beasties.

Treasure and her four beasties.


Our newest Momma gave birth to two cuties on the evening of Tuesday, June 3.

Our newest Momma gave birth to two cuties on the evening of Tuesday, June 3.




Fostering to Keep ‘Em Alive and Thriving

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.

Thoughts of fostering? Leave a message if you can help.

Two more were born at the shelter, last night, with probably more strolling into the birthing box, this morning.








Revisiting Hidey-Cat Fric

As shown in an earlier blog, Fric is not an “in your face” cat looking to be adopted.  This under the radar  cutie  would make any home a happier place.  So ask about our “hidey-cats when checking out the shelter.























New Momma Treasure Enjoying Her Bunk Bed

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.

Treasure takes a break.

Treasure takes a break.








Treasure looking more content

Treasure looking more content.

Treasure's treasures look on.

Treasure’s treasures look on.

























NTCR at Aurora Street Festival – June 1

A day well spent promoting our shelter, adoptions and the need for volunteers.

Volunteers Pat (left) and Laura waiting for Yonge Street to be closed off.

Volunteers Pat (left) and Laura waiting for Yonge Street to be closed off.









Setting up shop

Setting up shop


NTCR volunteer Sue concentrating on one of her many face painting masterpieces.

NTCR volunteer Sue concentrating on one of her many face painting masterpieces












Another happy customer and a new NTCR friend.

Another happy customer and a new NTCR friend.


Good weather for good crowds and lots of shelter information chat time.

Good weather for good crowds and lots of shelter information chat time.



More RSVP’s Received for Cats, the Musical

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RSVP’s for Cats the Musical Coming In

Besides sending out the invitation to all the volunteers, the cats also sent them to a number of VIP’s.

RSVP’s are starting to come in.Esther- Cats Blog #1

Cats the Musical

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.


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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




One of the Joys of Fostering

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.

Mugsy  enjoying some Recovery mixed with pumpkin

Mugsy enjoying some Recovery mixed with pumpkin








Mugsy snorking down his meal and making his foster parents proud

Mugsy snorking down his meal and making his foster parents proud

Giving a Kitten a Step Up

Cats are monitored to ensure good health.  One tool is the scale to see if weights are heading in the right direction.  Another necessary tool, sometimes, is the syringe to make sure  proper nourishment levels are maintained.

Newton, at this point, prefers to take his wet food willingly via syringe rather than from the bowl.

Nugget, at this point, prefers to take his wet food willingly via syringe rather than from the bowl.












Donna takes a  moment to relax and enjoy Nugget's company.

Donna takes a moment to relax and enjoy Nugget’s company.

A laid- back Nugget looks content.

A laid- back Nugget looks content.






Outdoor Cats? Sort of.

With the coming of warm weather, our beasties are enjoying the enclosure.  Many are still baffled by the complexities of the swinging “catty door”  which has to be propped open. Getting closer to observe squirrels and birds is a good thing.DSC_0001 DSC_0014

Climbing the Walls

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. LOL

Of course, the room is still host to some scaredy-cats who stay low and out of sight, like Duke and Gus in the green box that I told you about yesterday. Ahhhh. The “highs” and “lows” of cat rescue……cat shelf

Friday’s Topper- A Date with Mr. Wonderful

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

As I move my fingers forward closing the distance, Mr. W remains still.

As I move my fingers forward closing the distance, Mr. W remains still.


Time to transfer to the regular brush. [

Time to transfer to the regular brush.


After brushing and giving finger scratches, it’s time to try finger scratches only.

For the next while, Mr. W is in for lots of brushing and grooming bliss as well as scratches and love.
For the next while, Mr. W is in for lots of brushing and grooming bliss as well as scratches and love.

Up and Down the (wall) Staircase

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 on shelf frosty cat on shelf

A Menage a Trois at NTCR

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 brandi buddy smiley cat brandi buddy smiley1

Jack in a Box

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 duke gus1 green bin

Your Dream Cat may be Working Undercover


When looking for that new furry family member, please consider checking out our undercover urchins.  Sometimes that furry soul mate may be the one that’s not pointed out, so please ask about our “hidey but not scaredy-cats”.

Fric Uncamouflaged

Fric Uncamouflaged!

Waiting on the Sidelines for a Forever Home

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.

Meet Volunteer Tanya

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!!!

Tanya taking time off work to work

Tanya taking time off work to work

Meet Cheeky and Chalky – more scaredy-cats.

Cheeky (above) and Chalky shortly after being trapped.

Cheeky (above) and Chalky shortly after being trapped.

Cheeky and Chalky (trapped in the same area as George) have come a long way in accepting human touch.  They are allowing more people to interact with them.  Today NTCR volunteer Pauline gave both a good brushing as well as a head scratch.  Cheeky (being brushed) will now move forward and eat while being groomed.


More Acts of Teenage Hooliganism at the Shelter

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!!!cat fraternity ladycat fraternity catnipcat fraternity bowls



The Story of Fonzie

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. cat fonzie8

Another high at NTCR

Our once-feared George is making new friends

A while back, anyone turning the handle to enter Room 1 would be greeted with a low rumbling growl.  If you approached the crate of the growler, the lashing out would begin – not the welcome one wants when tending to cat care.

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After a spending a great deal of time on George, I was thrilled to read NTCR volunteer Ami’s posting and pic:  George, after I was able to give him a full session of brushing and petting! He seems pretty proud of himself that he allowed someone else to have a session with him.

The New George pic by Ali

Kiddo, you made my day!!!

For more on George, search “North Toronto Cat Rescue – George’s Journey” on YouTube.

Another Journey Begins – Making Mr. Wonderful Wonderful

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.

Mr. Wonderful

Mr. Wonderful

Wonder and her four riders

Momma Wonder

Apollo settles in and becomes a lover-boy

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.


I’ve been keeping two secrets from you…

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…….

By Esther



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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.