Annex Cat Rescue: Cat Adoption with A Difference

Annex Cat Rescue is a 100% volunteer charity dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless cats in the Greater Toronto Area by:

  1. Humanely trapping homeless kittens and abandoned or stray adult cats for placement in our foster and adoption program;
  2. Feeding and providing medical care for feral cats in designated colonies;
  3. Curbing population growth in those colonies through trapping, spaying/neutering, and vaccinating;
  4. Educating the public on the compassionate treatment of homeless cats and responsible pet ownership; and
  5. Improving urban environments through community cooperation.
  • Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair

    Annex Cat Rescue will be back at the Tranzac Club in the Annex for the Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair – December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, and 16th and 17th – from noon until 6:00 pm. If you need an extra-strong catnip sausage or a treat for a cat-loving human, we’ve got you covered. Stop by and see us!

    Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair

  • Don’t look past a cat just because it’s not a kitten…

    Cats come in all shapes and sizes, from gorgeous ginger to brilliant black. Sometimes, they also come with special needs like daily medication. Some are older, some are timid, some bear the scars of homelessness. What unites ACR cats is their ability to love given half a chance. Don’t look past a cat just because it’s not a kitten…

    see our current adoptable cats

    adopt an adult cat

    a pill a day is nothing to worry about

    street cats have a rough life

    some have to learn to trust all over again

    some cats love each other so much

    Ready to receive unconditional love from an ACR rescue cat?

    see our current adoptable cats

  • The happy truth about FIV+ cats (hint: they’re totally adoptable)

    He might not relish the role but eight-year old Winston could be the global ambassador for FIV+ cats.


    That’s because Winston is both a classic example of how most cats come to be infected with the immune deficiency virus and, more importantly, a persuasive example of just how manageable – normal, really – life with an FIV+ cat can be both for its human caregivers and for any potential feline flatmates.

    Winston’s story is a handy testimonial for anyone who may encounter an FIV+ cat candidate in an adoption search.

    Winston - FIV cat

    “Winston is very playful and has a lot of energy,” confirms foster Mom Alexandra Cioppa, who grew up with another cat, Baltimore, which was also FIV+. She continues: “Winston is always hungry – he loves to eat. He is super-loving.”

    Once homeless, Winston doubtless became infected with FIV via a deep bite wound that occurred during a fight with another male cat over turf or food. FIV almost always presents in males, and transmission is almost always through intense fighting.

    FIV – which stands for feline immunodeficiency virus, just as HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus – can be transmitted sexually in cats and through improperly screened blood transfusions. But according to experts, it’s rare. Mother cats cannot readily infect their kittens except in the initial stages of her infection.

    Casual contact such as sharing food bowls, grooming or snuggling is unlikely to transmit the virus. Meaning that unless indoor cats have screaming brawls where blood is drawn, FIV negative cats sharing a home with an FIV+ cat won’t contract the virus.

    Indeed, veterinarian Dr. Vlad Stefanescu of Toronto’s Yonge-Davenport Pet Hospital says adopting an FIV+ cat and integrating it into a multi-cat household is something he endorses, albeit with a few caveats.

    “The only real considerations for FIV+ cat adoption are slightly more frequent vet visits, keeping the cats indoors and avoidance of a raw diet,” he says.

    That’s because uncooked foods, meats especially, can include parasites and pathogens that a cat with a normal immune system might be able to handle but an FIV+ cat might not. Leave the fad diets to Gwyneth Paltrow and stick to regular cat food, says Dr. Stefanescu.

    All cats should be kept indoors. However, owners of FIV+ cats have a particular obligation to keep their pets away from homeless cats in their community to help contain the virus. As for more frequent vet visits – recommended twice a year for FIV+ cats versus once-annually for non-geriatric FIV negative cats – that’s mainly because “Dental is also a big thing with these guys,” Dr. Stefanescu says.

    “They suffer stomatitis [a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums that can cause ulcers to form]. Some FIV cats just have bad teeth and need a full mouth extraction. The majority of FIV cats need regular dental work.”

    Plus, regular vet visits allow owners and vets to monitor small changes such as weight loss that might be more significant in an FIV+ cat. Vaccinations, meanwhile, should be maintained for FIV+ cats just as they are for other cats.

    Humans cannot be infected with FIV; FIV is a cats-only infection. Dr. Stefanescu pegs the prevalence of FIV among owned cats at about five percent. “Leukaemia (FeLV) is actually more common,” he says, adding that he has never treated a cat that contracted FIV from another cat in a domestic situation.

    Adds Alexandra Cioppa, “FIV has never been an issue with Winston and it wasn’t with my cat Baltimore either. I don’t remember exactly how old Baltimore was when he passed away but he had quite a long life.”

    So the takeaway for prospective cat adopters: don’t shy away from an FIV+ cat.

    If you are adopting a cat directly from the street, be sure to have the cat tested while he (or she) is at the vet being spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and typically readied for a new life indoors. Remember that cats with FIV do not always appear sick. In the early stages of the disease, many cats show few signs, so the only way to know for sure if they are infected is through a simple blood test.

    Should an FIV+ positive cat catch you eye on ACR’s adoption listings, don’t reject the cat in knee-jerk fashion. You can’t catch FIV, your other cats probably won’t either, and you’ll be giving a forever home to a lovely fella who will reward you daily with purrs and cuddles.

    Just ask Winston.

    — Kim Hughes

    Update: Winston was adopted!

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  • Sam’s Story

    Sam in his colonyMeet Sam. Sam had been living in an Annex Cat Rescue colony for a few years, where ACR volunteers fed and interacted with him daily. Because Sam was so friendly and showed signs of being open to human contact, ACR volunteers decided he would be a good candidate to be fostered and adopted. It can often be difficult to foster an adult feral cat that has been raised without human contact and some cats are not able to make this transition. The first step in determining this is to do an assessment.

    An assessment determines if living indoors with humans is an option for a cat. Some adult cats born and raised in feral colonies cannot be domesticated and will never be happy living with humans. These cats are often neutered and released back into their colonies as part of a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program in an effort to stabilize the number of feral cats in the community. One of the main things a person doing an assessment looks for is temperament; this is a good indication of whether a cat will become comfortable in a human home.

    The assessment process usually takes a few weeks; socializing can take a few more weeks and usually continues in the foster home. ACR volunteers can assess cats within an assessment home, or remotely once a foster home is found. Mobile assessment is often a better option because there is less movement for the cat.

    Sam getting the treatment he needed

    Sam had been waiting for an assessment home when he was taken in by ACR volunteer, Marianne. A reality with most adult feral cats, and with Sam, is chronic disease. Efforts to feed and care for feral cats by ACR and other organizations often extend the life of feral colonies, and accelerated age can invite chronic disease for these cats. This is a reality that assessment and foster homes often must combat in the care and socialization process. Sam was brought into an assessment home with serious dental disease. Dental issues are very common with older cats and are often hard to spot while the cats are in feral colonies. Sam was still eating daily but was in a lot of pain and had to have most of his teeth extracted, in addition to dealing with vaccinations, worms and neutering. ACR takes on the cost of these expenses as part of the assessment process.

    Sam’s medical issues played a role in his socialization process; he was in a lot of pain before and after the surgery, and stopped eating altogether during the overwhelming process. As a result Sam did not make much progress until his medical issues were attended to and he was recovering. This is a common issue that assessment and foster homes must be open and compassionate about in order to achieve success with their cats.

    Sam's bathroom set up

    After Sam had recovered his progress remained slow until he was introduced to Marianne’s cat. “He instantly perked up,” Marianne tells us, once Sam met her small cat. Being around another cat gave Sam confidence and he began to come out of his shell. A large part of the assessment process is determining the best conditions for each individual cat to flourish. Some cats require solidarity, and some, like Sam, require other cats to be happy. For any foster home, however, it is often important to have a small, isolated room in which to begin the transition process. This allows the cat to get accustomed to its new home in a less overwhelming process, as Marianne did with Sam in her bathroom. Once the cat feels secure, other cats and humans can be introduced and eventually, the cat can explore the rest of the home.

    Sam relaxing

    Sam has been with Marianne since May — longer than average for an assessment home. He is currently waiting for a suitable foster home to become available so he can continue being socialized and eventually adopted. Sam has a gentle and shy nature, and loves being petted and brushed. He has learned that he does not need to be afraid of humans; however, his instincts sometimes take over when he becomes startled. This is a common obstacle with older feral cats and it can be a personality trait that never fades. The ideal home for Sam would be one with other cats for him to socialize with. Sam is very shy but loves attention and requires a gentle home, without small children because of his tendency to get startled. Marianne recommends a home with children 7 years and up. Contact ACR at 416-410-3835 if you think your home is an optimal foster home for Sam.

    —Kathy Ribeiro

    Update: Sam was adopted in late 2016 and is doing very well.

  • Volunteer Profile: Erin M

    volunteer as a feral feeder like Erin

    What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?

    I was at the DuWest Street festival and stopped at the ACR booth to buy my own cat a toy. While I was at the booth, the volunteers were so friendly and encouraged me to check out the ACR website. I was hooked when I started looking at all the information and immediately applied to volunteer.

    How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?

    I am a feral cat feeder in Chinatown. A typical shift is just about an hour of walking the route and placing food and water out for the local ferals. The time commitment is very minimal and while I don’t always get to see a cat, it’s a real treat when I do.

    I also volunteer as a transportation driver occasionally. I have had the opportunity to transport some cats to adoption events.

    Crazy Legs


    Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.

    The first time I transported some cats to an adoption event I was thrilled to see the updates on social media about the cats that were being adopted. When I dropped off the cats I had the chance to go around and see who was available for adoption and it was like a little victory each time I saw one pop up in my newsfeed as “Adopted”!

    Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

    I think that if you have a little spare time in your week and love cats then you should consider helping out. The time commitment can be very small, but the impact is so much larger.

    What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?

    I work at the University of Toronto doing Policy related work. It’s a completely different world.

    Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?

    I like to be active and play ultimate frisbee and take an adult tumbling class.

    Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?

    I have one cat, Grover. He is a male, domestic short-haired, black and brown tabby. I adopted him from the SPCA in Nova Scotia when I lived there. His mother was a stray who was rescued from the streets while pregnant. I had just moved to a new apartment and really wanted to bring home a cat to share my new home with. The first time I saw Grover I knew he was perfect for me, a little shy, but so loving. He’s 10 years old now and has moved many apartments, and provinces, with me!

    What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?

    I would dedicate my work to all of the ferals that are around Toronto. They ask for so little and I hope that I can continue to help them.

    Find out more about volunteering with ACR.

    Photos courtesy Rondi Adamson

  • Volunteer Profile: Anna-Marie J

    What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?

    I got involved with ACR after I adopted my Buttons in 2006! Buttons was two years old then and had been dumped. Because of the kindness of a woman who cared so much about cats and the support of ACR, Buttons was rescued, spayed and given her shots. Buttons came home with me to share her life with an angora bunny named Gizmo, which I had adopted a few years earlier. Buttons was a perfect friend for him and it is because the foster mom knew Buttons so well, she could recommend her! I thoroughly enjoy being at special events with the ACR to support such a fabulous cat rescue group. The group sells crafts such as catnip beds, catnip sausages, t-shirts and other items, with the proceeds going to support the rescued cats! I love talking with people and hearing their pet stories – all are unique! It is a pleasure to help ACR knowing how they cared for my Buttons and many other homeless cats and kittens!

    How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?

    I continue to help out at special events – last event was the Annex Street Festival, this past June 2015. Also, will help with the crafts by stuffing some of the toys, pricing, etc. As well, I post ACR flyer at nearby health food store bulletin board.

    Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.

    The real winning moment was when I adopted Buttons who led me to becoming a volunteer. Every time I talk with people at the events is a winning moment for me as well. People are interested in knowing how ACR helps homeless cats. Additionally, I love selling the crafts and knowing the proceeds go to help the cats. What is really a winining moment is when some of the people want to buy a cat bed, for example, he/she will ask which one I like. Of course, it is their choice but because they ask, I will let him/her know my preference.  Many a time, that is the item that is sold. Because of that item being sold, another cat is helped!

    Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

    Volunteering with a group like ACR is an excellent way to give a voice to those that cannot speak for themselves. It is also helping the community.

    In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?

    ACR does a lot to help the plight of homeless cats and kittens that it just is impossible to mention one thing. From helping feral cats, rescuing cats and kittens, special events to educate the public – it’s all good and needed so much!

    What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?

    Currently, I am a full time student.

    Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?

    My main hobby is providing a loving home to Buttons and my other rescued cat, Gidget. Love learning, reading, music and walking in nature.

    Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?

    As previously mentioned, I have Buttons (through ACR) – since 2006. She shares her life with my other rescued cat, Gidget – Gidget arrived in 2009 when she was 8 months old. Gizmo, the bunny who shared his life with Buttons, went to Rainbow Bridge. He lived a happy, long, long life – he would have been 12 years old. Buttons and Gidget have bonded and are very good friends.

    Buttons and Gidget


    What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?

    Buttons is my ACR rescue and I dedicate my volunteer work for her and to Gidget and bunny Gizmo who is now at Rainbow Bridge!

    Find out more about volunteering with ACR.

  • Remembering Patty Brown, and why her ACR legacy is worth emulating…

    There’s a quote often attributed to the great Renaissance artist and polymath Leonardo da Vinci: “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” Even if it’s not da Vinci’s quote, such a learned man would likely run with it anyway, agreeing that there is something magical—otherworldly even—in the beauty and grace of cats.

    It’s something Patricia Carroll Ann Brown knew very well. Indeed, as long-time friend Lori MacLean recalls, Patty—as she was widely known—frequently conjured a phrase of her own: “Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. And they’ve never forgotten it.”

    Described as a consummate woman of the theatre—mainly as an actress but also as a noted director and playwright—Patty adored cats, which brought her great joy throughout her life until her death in the summer of 2014 at 82 years of age.

    At that time, Patty had two cherished cats, both adopted through Annex Cat Rescue: a black-and-white boy she named Harry and a black girl dubbed Miss Diva.

    Patty Brown

    “She really was one of those fervent cat lovers,” MacLean chuckles, explaining that the two met at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre circa 1989; MacLean as front-of-house manager, Patty supplementing her acting income as an usher.

    MacLean continues: “I’ve been going through her personal possessions over the last few months and there are hundreds of photographs of her with her cats. They were such good and loving companions to her.”


    Patty was determined to celebrate that companionability. In an act of tremendous pay-it-forward kindness, she bequeathed a generous sum to ACR, allowing our charity to continue assisting displaced and homeless cats and kittens across the GTA through multiple outreach and placement programs, all volunteer run.

    Patty also donated generously to the Toronto Humane Society; instances of estate planning at its most altruistic and impactful and gestures worth mimicking by anyone seeking to make a lasting difference for animals at a grassroots level.

    MacLean confirms Patty would be thrilled to know Harry and Miss Diva were successfully placed together in a new forever home. “And those two cats—now both about 10 years old—are still thriving,” she says.

    “Patty felt strongly that ACR was a good beneficiary because it specifically serves cats.” MacLean adds. “That she was thinking charitably even when she wasn’t doing so great herself was really something, and speaks to her lifelong love of animals.”

    — Kim Hughes

  • Volunteer Profile: Sarah M

    Iorek is fostered by Sarah

    What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?

    I first fostered in university. My room mate and I were interested in having a cat but knew we couldn’t commit to adopting as our living situation was temporary.

    How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?

    I foster and I’m a feral feeder.

    I’ve experienced a little bit of everything fostering, from frustration to relief to joy. It can be tough at times when you’ve got a kitty who has behavioural issues. But those are the cats that need you most and that are most rewarding in the end. Seeing them get adopted is such a joyful/sad moment. We provide food, litter, toys etc.

    I moved so I now feed on the other side of town. It’s not as convenient, but still rewarding. The route takes about 30 minutes and feeds about 8 cats. Some you see and some you never see, but dedicated ACR volunteers monitor the feeding spots to gauge the need in each area. The weather is sometimes miserable, but I always feel good when I see the little guys waiting. After all, they’re outside in all weather, all the time.

    Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.

    Probably what I’m most proud of is getting our foster, Fred, to eat cat food again. When he first arrived from the street he was so skinny he was starving, but wouldn’t eat cat food as he was used to human scraps. Using cream cheese and bacon grease we got slowly got him back to a cat food only diet, and back to a healthy weight. He’s now been adopted into a theatre family as Zigfried Dander Stardust.

    Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

    It’s rewarding and such a good organization. I love our no shelter method that lets our cats be matched with the best possible homes (and homes with the best possible cats). And I really think we have an obligation to those who can’t look after themselves, whether human or animal!

    In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?

    Getting those kitties off the street! But the trap and spay/neuter program is also so important.

    What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?

    I’m Manager, Certification for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

    Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?

    Travel! Reading, writing and, honestly, watching Netflix.

    Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?

    Our current foster is Iorek. He was picked up on Spadina and has been with us 2 years. When he first arrived he chose “”fight”” in every fight or flight scenario. Ready to defend himself always, and startled by sudden noise or movement, he even growled at the toaster once.

    Iroek is being fostered by Sarah

    Now he’s as sweet as can be. He loves to have his belly rubbed and is happy to be cuddled and carried around our apartment.

    What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?

    That’s a tough one. I couldn’t pick just one, as every cat we’ve had has changed our lives in some way. (16 fosters and counting…)

    Find out more about volunteering with ACR.
    Meet Iorek, Sarah’s foster cat who is looking for his forever home.

  • My Happy Tail of Adopting an Older Cat – Jasmine

    When I first walked in to Jasmine’s foster home a few months ago, I was ready to meet a sweet, shy cat of five and a half years. Her foster mom, Holly, had warned me before my visit that Jasmine would likely hide and may not be as excited to see me at first—as an older cat, she wouldn’t be as outgoing as a young kitten, and might need some time to warm up. I walked into the apartment and sat down with Jasmine in a smaller enclosed room. Within seconds, she crept out of her carrier and snuggled up to my leg, sitting down right next to me and purring softly.

    We only had a meet and greet for a few minutes before shyness prevailed and Jasmine scuttled back to her carrier—but I knew that our brief time together was just a glimpse at the affection she had to offer. I went home that night and thought of this beautiful cat with marled grey fur and stunning green eyes. With such a gentle disposition and calm demeanor, how had she not been adopted into a loving home yet?

    Happy Tails: Jasmine

    The next morning I woke up and called Holly. I wanted to give Jasmine a wonderful life and allow her to enjoy the rest of her years in a quiet, cozy forever home. When I went over to sign the paperwork and pick up Jasmine, I learned that she had been visited a few times by prospective adopters over the past year, but her initial shyness and older age contributed to adopters passing her over for younger, more outgoing cats and kittens. This made me very sad, to realize that so many older animals with less initial excitement toward new people were not getting the homes they deserve.

    During Jasmine’s first two to three weeks with me, she hid a lot in my front closet, only coming out at night to jump up on the bed and gently paw for some attention. I gave her the time and space that she seemed to want by setting out her food and toys, gently patting her and talking to her when she decided to come out, and letting her get comfortable in her new home on her own terms. The process of giving Jasmine time and space was a little bit hard at first for an owner who was so eager to spend time with her new cat, but it truly paid off.

    Three months later, Jasmine has completely come out of her shell. Not a morning goes by that she isn’t waiting at my door to greet me with lots of “good morning!” meows and leg rubs. Every morning and night she will reach up for a kiss on the nose to say good morning or good night. Throughout the day she rolls around playing with her favourite catnip toy, loves to be brushed, sleeps in the sunny spot on my bed, and enjoys looking out the window and having quiet, peaceful moments. As an older cat, she isn’t interested in scratching my furniture, and she is happy to enjoy downtime when I am at work—cheerfully running to the door and greeting me when I get home after enjoying a restful day. When I am around, she is with me every step of the way. Within seconds of sitting down on the couch with a book, she jumps up beside me and wants to snuggle down for quality time together—much as she did on the day we met.

    Happy Tails: Jasmine

    I wanted to share this story about Jasmine because it demonstrates that when given a little bit of time, patience, and love, an older cat can really let their personality shine and find comfort in a forever home. Jasmine may not have been the most outgoing cat upon first glance, but her gentle approach and willingness to come over and sit next to me was what mattered most. She wanted the connection just as much as I did. At five and a half years of age, Jasmine is a youthful, playful, and loving cat that clearly enjoys her life.

    Adopting an older cat doesn’t necessarily mean that the animal will not want to play or enjoy your company. It doesn’t mean that they are past their prime and won’t be loving or fun pets. I think the exact opposite is true: these animals are so patient and grateful to be given a forever home that they demonstrate love and companionship as often as they can when someone gives them a chance. When Jasmine rests her head on my lap and drifts off to sleep, her age doesn’t matter to me. We have a special bond that I feel every day, and no fewer or extra years would change that.

    Thank you for reading Jasmine’s story. I truly hope it encourages more adopters to consider giving an older cat a home. Jasmine is one of many older cats that wait patiently for someone to bring them home. Whether a cat is one year old, five, ten, or fifteen, their desire for love and companionship is unwavering. They will find a special place in your heart if you give them a chance.

    — Amy Ellen Soden

  • Donor Appreciation – Arty Basinski

    It’s not every day the Annex Cat Rescue gets a gift from a donor like Arty Basinski. But Arty is not your every-day type of guy. And he’s certainly not your every-day real estate agent.

    Donor Appreciation - Arty Basinski

    Arty, who’s been in the real estate game for five years, gives 10 percent of all his earnings to animal charities (half of which are chosen by his clients), and his most recent donation was a very generous $500 gift to ACR.

    “I wanted to do something local and I’ve always been a cat person,” said Arty, “so this was a perfect fit.”

    “I feel very privileged to be in the position that I am and I want to give back to those who are less privileged. And especially with animals, whether trapped in cages or performing in a circus or out on the street as strays, they don’t get a voice to change their situation and they need help from people…so I’ve always had a special place in my heart for them.”

    While Arty’s name may not be familiar, if you live in the GTA there’s a good chance you’ve seen him on the streets: he’s known as “The Real Estate by Bike Guy,” riding his emblazoned pedal-powered machine to locations all over the city. And while the advertising is great, it also gives him unique information he can pass on to his clients.

    “You get to see neighbourhoods with a different perspective,” said Arty. “You get to go through parks and down paths that you wouldn’t while driving. While you’re cycling it’s a little more laid back and you can really absorb the area.”

    Arty’s connection to cats comes in several forms. Not only is he the caretaker of Naboo, whom he adopted through the Toronto Humane Society two years ago, Arty also provides unique housewarming gifts to those he works with. He takes a Maneki-Neko (commonly known on this side of the world as a Happy Cat or Lucky Cat) and paints a version modelled after his clients. It’s an extension of an artistic side that also includes music (he’s an avid drummer) and acting (he performs in clown and improv troupes).

    Donor Appreciation - Arty Basinski  Donor Appreciation - Arty Basinski

    Needless to say, ACR was beyond thrilled with Basinski’s gift, which allows ACR’s volunteers to assist even more cats in need.

    “We rely almost entirely on donations to cover the costs of our rescue work,” said Jacqueline Chan, Chair of ACR’s Board of Directors, “particularly the costs of providing veterinary care to the feral cats in our colonies and the formerly-homeless cats in our foster program. The vet bills are substantial, but always worthwhile. And there are always more cats that we would like to help, and our donors allow us to do that.

    “We love anyone who can find it in their heart to give to ACR, but when people do something unique, cool and creative like Arty we give them a huge thank you.”

    And Chan will appreciate this even more: Arty says that if any business comes his way via this article, he’ll donate a portion of it back to ACR in order to help more cats: “That’s something I would be more than happy to do!”

    Donor Appreciation - Arty Basinski

    Find out more about Arty on his website at

    —  By Edward Fraser



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