Annex Cat Rescue began in 1997 as a group of volunteers living primarily in the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but have grown to include members throughout the city. We are a 100% volunteer run, not for profit registered charity (871653945 RR0001), with no office or shelter, and receive no government funding.
Did you know ACR operates without a shelter? Our amazing network of foster homes create happier, healthier environments for our most vulnerable cats and smoother transitions into their forever families.
With this system we can allocate 90% of our funds directly to the cats in our care. Foster parents provide food, litter and toys in exchange for a tax receipt.
Foster a cat and see the difference you make in its life! Even if you open your home for only a few weeks, you could save the life of a cat living on the street.
They receive all necessary veterinary care including de-worming, vaccination and spaying/neutering.
Through fostering we provide a loving environment in a real home. We have a no-kill policy; cats remain in foster care until a permanent home is found.
We carefully screen prospective “adopters,” insisting that cats be kept indoors and not be declawed. Potential adopters visit the cats in their foster homes. We go to great lengths to find the right cat for you. We always have a good selection of cats and kittens of all descriptions, and fostering allows us to get to know the cats intimately.
We charge a modest adoption fee (which does not cover all our costs). If an adoption does not work out, the cat is always welcome back into the group. We also work with feral cats.
Abandoned and feral cats are a community problem. Community groups like ours, as well as bringing people together, contribute to solving that problem. By spaying/neutering and adopting out these cats, and by educating our neighbours about responsible pet ownership, we can:
- help control the spread of infectious diseases, such as rabies
- reduce the noise and odour that result from unneutered males fighting and spraying
- keep gardeners happy by reducing the number of outdoor cats that use gardens as litterboxes
- cut down on starving cats getting into garbage and making a mess
- decrease the number of unwanted litters born
- help discourage cruelty to animals
Since humans originally domesticated small wild cat species for our own purposes, we believe that we are now responsible for their care and well-being.