Off the Streets

We’d like to share with you stories of recent rescues and work ACR volunteers are doing within our own colonies throughout Toronto so you are aware of the kinds of situation ACR has been dealing with. This has been another busy year for us and now Toronto Animal Services has been forced to temporarily shut down admissions, we expect to be called more often.

Here are just some of the cats we’ve been helping this past week.



An ACR volunteer rescued Nickel last Sunday afternoon after she noticed Nickel appeared to be hurt. Nickel had been living in an alley at Bathurst and Queen, being fed by shopkeepers. Thankfully one of our vet partners, Yonge Davenport Pet Hospital, was open and thankfully Nickel was not injured. However her thyroid levels were horrendously out of whack and she is severely underweight. When we asked her new foster mom if Nickel was taking her pills well, she responded:

She’s honestly so weak you can pretty much do whatever is needed but she is taking them, yes, and eating very well and is already a little more steady on her feet than she was. In all my years of rescue she is by far the thinnest animal I’ve ever cared for, it’s heartbreaking.

Hopefully she will feel much better on her new meds and in a quiet, loving foster home. She’ll need to go back to the vet for more medical tests once she’s regained her strength. We initially believed Nickel to be a young cat as she is very small but she is estimated to be about 12 years-old. And apparently a real sweetie, purring throughout her ordeal.

If you’d like to help Nickel, please consider making a donation to our team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.



Senior cat Aslan was brought to our attention by a concerned member of the public. He had been living outside for quite some time and was severely matted and thin.

He has yellow pus all over his face, mites/bugs in his ears and looks frail and exhausted.

His rescuer was able to just put him in a carrier and off to the vet he went. Aslan had to be shaved from head-to-toe and you can see how thin he was from the “after” shot below.

Aslan in foster home

Aslan was de-fleaded, de-wormed, vaccinated, treated for an upper respiratory infection and an eye condition. The vet also found Aslan’s mouth was full of rotten teeth – half had actually already fallen out. After a few days at the clinic to be monitored, Aslan was taken to a foster home. He needed to gain some weight and receive weekly vitamin B shots.

Just this past week, Aslan went in for his dental surgery and in recovery, he started experiencing breathing difficulties. We rushed him to the VEC where he had major surgery. We were shocked to hear that he must have been hit by a car at some point and that his stomach, liver, gall bladder, and intestines had all been pulled into his chest cavity. The poor guy must have been in so much pain!

Aslan is still at VEC as this was a complicated and high-risk procedure and he is in ICU, being closely monitored. He’s not “out of the woods” yet but we’re hopeful.

Aslan’s vet bills have been substantial – currently about $9,000 – if his story moves you, please consider making a donation to our team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Whatever you give will be doubled by our generous matching donor.

Chinatown kittens

Ryder, Wylder, Keane and Serena

These four kittens were trapped in a Chinatown colony this past Monday. Their mama escaped being caught but we will eventually get her in for spaying, vaccinations and microchipping and then likely release her back into her colony. They are three males and one female and have been neutered and spayed already at the low-cost Toronto Humane Society clinic. As they are slighter older kittens – five months old – they will need socializing before they are ready for adoption. (Generally, kittens up to three months are considered “tameable” but if they are older than that, they are usually returned to their colonies. However Annex Cat Rescue evaluates each cat to see and we often take in slightly older kittens, as in this situation.)

If you’d like to help us rescue more kittens, please consider making a donation to our team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

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