Annex Cat Rescue Cat Adoption with a Difference Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:26:18 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Happy Tail: Antoine Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:00:41 +0000 “Antoine was one of those cats that you don’t forget,” says Catherine Wood, who has been fostering for Annex Cat Rescue for about five years.

An asymmetrical white strip runs down Antoine’s otherwise grey face and wide expressive eyes reflect his big personality. “I kept his original name; it just seemed to suit him,” says Robyn Jensen.


Robyn, who previously owned pure breeds, hadn’t had a cat for about three years and found that she missed the company. This time, she decided to go with a rescue organization rather than a breeder because she wasn’t looking for a particular style of cat but rather just a great personality. During her first call with ACR, the volunteer she spoke with thought she knew a cat who was a match for Robyn – he wasn’t even on the website yet.

For Robyn, it was love at first sight.

“I think it was for him too,” she says. Antoine found his forever home with Robyn in March 2015.


Antoine was a surrender and in rough shape when he made his way to ACR. He needed ongoing veterinary care. Clinic staff were always excited to see laid back Antoine arrive for his monthly visits. Catherine recalls that after the vet gave Antoine his check-up, he’d say, “I’m just going to take him around to everyone so they can see him – they missed him so much!” Antoine was happy to spread the love.

True to form, it took Antoine little time to adjust when Robyn brought him home. Surprisingly, Antoine doesn’t really like toys.

“Over the last year, I’ve tried buying him many different toys, but he just doesn’t really like playing with anything.”

Happy Tail: Antoine

However, what Antoine lacks in playfulness he makes up in curiosity, an attribute that led Robyn to start taking him to visit friends. “He’s so easy going that he never runs or hides when meeting people for the first time,” she says.

The pair has even gone on a road trip together! Robyn kept Antoine in a crate while driving and took plenty of breaks so that he could stretch his legs. Upon their arrival in Ohio, Antoine quickly adjusted to his new environment and revelled in the attention – even from two and four-year-old children – an age that many cats prefer to shy away from.

“I’ve never met a more mellow cat,” says Robyn.”I couldn’t be happier with him!”


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Forces rally to capture Charlie, the accidental fugitive Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:14:48 +0000 From whence he came and back again. That’s the short story of a cat named Charlie.

The longer version is one full of love and kindness: The love of his human companions, and the kindness of Annex Cat Rescue volunteers who went above and beyond.

Charlie was rescued off the streets five years ago and was living with Kirsten and her husband until this June, when, during an attempted trip to the vet, he escaped from the carrier and fled into a forested area around the Humber River near Kirsten’s house.


Distraught over Charlie’s escape, Kirsten reached out for help.

“My mother knows the ladies from the Annex Cat Rescue,” Kirsten said, “so within an hour Liz was there with four humane traps.”

Liz, a long-time ACR volunteer, stayed with Kirsten and her family for “hours,” providing information on what types of foods to use, how often to check the traps and, in what turned out to be the most important lesson, what to tell her neighbours.

“It was in the following days that our neighbours told us he was in the backyards, and he was slowly making his way back home,” Kirsten said.

Knowing where Charlie was, however, was only half the battle. He was petrified, and any effort to capture him using standard traps went frustratingly without result.

“It was really disheartening,” Kirsten said, “because he was so close to home but we couldn’t get him inside.”

Some ingenuity was needed, and that came in the form of Brenda and Don, who recently joined the ACR fold after doing volunteer rescue work for other Toronto agencies. The couple, in conjunction with Kirsten’s father, helped set up a manual “drop trap” that could monitored by a remote camera on a smart phone and triggered by pulling a pin out by a string. But despite Kirsten’s efforts day in and day out, Charlie remained stubborn.

“He was so slippery,” she said. “Sometimes we would see him just about to enter the trap and then something would scare him off, and then we’d have to close up shop because it was getting dark. We had a lot of close calls.”

And the stress was taking its toll on Kirsten.

“It was killing her,” said Brenda. “She wasn’t sleeping, she wasn’t eating. She was stressed right out.”

Then finally, four weeks and four days after his escape, it was mission accomplished. Charlie was finally caught and brought back into his loving home.

“When he came in from the trap, he was only disoriented for a couple minutes,” said Kirsten. “As soon as he started eating, something switched and he realized he was home and safe. He was maybe even a little extra affectionate.”

Charlie back home
Some of that affection can be shown to Liz and Brenda firsthand, when the pair will be welcomed into Kirsten’s home for a dinner to celebrate Charlie’s safe return, and to say thank you for the efforts of two special volunteers.

“The commitment from Liz and Brenda was really touching,” Kirsten said. “Despite exhausting ourselves, I was really doubting we would get him back, and I was feeling a lot of guilt that the whole thing could have been prevented. But they were very reassuring… and it was lovely that they both checked in almost daily.”

A little extra effort is all in a day’s work for ACR volunteers. And it makes it all the better when it results in a happy ending.

“Those kids, and their parents, are just really nice people,” said Brenda. “So it was great to be able to help them.”

–Edward Fraser

If you’ve lost your cat, we hope you find our what-to-do tips helpful.

Always double check the fasteners on your cat carrier are secure before leaving your home. The plastic ones can often lose the snappy bits and a frightened or stressed cat can sometimes break through.

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Urgent: Foster Home Appeal Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:17:42 +0000 Cayenne and her kittens need a foster home

URGENT: We need foster homes! We are bursting at the seams with kittens of various ages that have been rescued from street life. They need patient and loving people to help them to learn to trust humans and to prepare them for adoption. We also have some adult cats who are looking for temporary shelter. Can you help? If yes, please read through the information here and apply.

Do you know someone who might be interested? Share this post with them.

Please allow a few days for a response as our Foster department is swamped. We have more cats in foster care than we’ve ever had before! And there are even more on our waiting list.

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Happy Tail: Maude Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:00:45 +0000 “Ms. Maude is a lovely, chatty and super affectionate girl.”

“She’s our opinionated little love bug, for sure.”

Adoring quotes befitting a diva!

Happy Tails: Maude

“Ms. Maude showed up in a managed cat colony in the west end with her kitten Lucy late last fall.” Jen, a volunteer with the Trap, Neuter, Return Program for Feral Cats, explained. “I don’t know whether or not Maude previously had a home. I assumed they were feral and trapped them for TNR.”

Jen fostered the pair while they recovered from being spayed. Normally, they would be returned to the colony but Jen was deeply touched by Ms. Maude’s lovely, chatty, and affectionate personality.

Ms. Maude deserved a real home and the Annex Cat Rescue helped facilitate her quick adoption.

“It was a week and a half!” Jen exclaims. “The folks at ACR have always been incredibly helpful and supportive.”

Ms. Maude is cherished in her new home. Jen tells us that she has settled in beautifully. These happy endings make her feel like her volunteer work is worthwhile.

“She has all the personality!” Nora, Maude’s new owner, gushes. “Cheerful! Self-possessed! Chatty! Loving! Playful Girl! We are so, so happy she’s part of our family!”

Happy Tails: Maude

Ms. Maude likes to wait by the door when she hears the key in the lock. She yells to be picked up for a long purr-y cuddle and chin-scratch session.

Mischief always lurks on the other side of her demands for affection. Knocking over unattended water glasses, breaking into the catnip, and feeling not an ounce of remorse…these are only some of her misdeeds.

When Maude wants attention, she will scratch the couch knowing that it’s a sure fire way to get noticed. Maude loves to socialize but is no lap cat. She welcomes visitors, but Ms. Maude makes it known to ALL her guests that they are in HER home! Luckily, Nora is quite forgiving of Ms. Maude’s territorial nature.

Ms. Maude is a natural diva. She rolls over in her comfy bed to stretch, pride gleaming from her jade green eyes. Her attitude could be misconstrued as indifference but Ms. Maude is paying her new family the greatest compliment. A truly happy feline expresses their appreciation when they are themselves. Ms. Maude is at peace knowing that she can thrive in the loving home that she has found.

Happy Tails: Maude

Jen and Nora can’t thank ACR enough for seamlessly facilitating the relationship between a foster and an adoptive parent. Jen has been involved in “stray/rescue” for years. She believes that the efforts of the whole ACR team are outstanding!

–Gillian Semple

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Happy Tail: Stella (Formerly Girlie) Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:59:18 +0000 Dr. Vlad of the Yonge-Davenport Pet Hospital first met Girlie when her owners brought her in because she was suffering from severe gingivitis. Although she recovered quickly with antibiotics, Girlie was soon back to see Dr. Vlad as her teeth and gums were in terrible shape. Four canines and a molar were removed but Girlie still needed a second dental.

Her owners balked at further cat care. The female owner loved the cat, her partner did not. The cat did not like him, he said. Girlie hated being in the car for the weekend trips that the couple took. She refused to go in a cat carrier, and would climb all over the car, panic-stricken.

Dr. Vlad suggested surrendering Girlie to Annex Cat Rescue and her owners agreed. ACR took in Girlie and paid for the second dental. After her recovery, Girlie spent three months at the clinic, having the run of the third floor all to herself.

Happy tails Girlie

With her teeth gone, Girlie is quiet, does not meow nor hiss, but lets you know what she wants through birdlike chirps. While she shuns head rubs, she will demand belly and bum rubs over and over again.

“She is the sweetest cat ever” said Dr. Vlad, “I do not see how anybody could not love this cat.” “She loves all people, dogs, and cats.”

Happy tails Girlie and friend

After the third month of ruling the third floor of the clinic, Girlie was adopted. Her current owner, tells us “Girlie (who we have renamed Stella) is settling in very well. She and my other cat Jules have become fast friends and she is slowly adapting to the overly friendly dogs. She spends most of the day sleeping on my bed in the sunshine on any clean piles of laundry she can find. We love her so much and are so glad she found a home with us!”

No word on whether Stella has meowed yet but nonetheless, it is very happy ending for “the sweetest cat ever” with the quiet disposition.

— Natasha Charles

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New Board of Directors Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:38:57 +0000 On Tuesday June 28th, Annex Cat Rescue held our Annual General Meeting.

Meet the 2016-2017 Board of Directors:
Danielle Benton (2nd year of first term)
Jacqueline Chan (2nd year of 2nd term)
Kim Hughes (1st year of first term)
Sky Lamothe (2nd year of first term)
Sarah McIntosh (1st year of first term)
Jennifer Moore (1st year of first term)
Alison Reid (1st year of first term)

We’ll be updating the biographies page over the next few weeks and posting the Annual Highlights for the year 2015-2016. Many thanks to Orchid Graphics for donating their services.

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Mega Pet Adoption Event Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:02:09 +0000 Toronto Mega Adoption Event

Annex Cat Rescue will be bringing cats to this event, only on Saturday July 9. No kittens (cats under 6 months of age) will be in attendance.

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Annex Cat Rescue’s 2016 Annual General Meeting Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:42:07 +0000 Annex-Cat-Rescue-AGM

Please join us for our 2016 Annual General Meeting. Share in last year’s successes. Help us plan for the year ahead. Meet your fellow supporters. Ask questions. Enjoy some refreshments and good company.

When: Tuesday June 28th, 2016
6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Where: Trinity St. Paul’s Centre (Rainbow Room)
427 Bloor Street West (2 blocks west of Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario

Spread your Passion!
Feel free to bring a friend, or anyone interested in joining Annex Cat Rescue. As a non-profit organization, ACR is always in need of new, dedicated volunteers and supporters.

A quick reminder about Memberships
Thank you to those who have already renewed their memberships. If you haven’t already, please update your membership so that you can vote for new board members. Up-to-date members can also arrange for a proxy.

To purchase a new membership or to renew, please send a cheque for $10.00 made out to “Annex Cat Rescue” with “Membership” written in the memo field. Please also include your name, full mailing address, e-mail address and phone number, and mail to:

Annex Cat Rescue, Attn: Memberships
P. O. Box 19028
360A Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 3C9

If you would like to renew your membership at the AGM, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact us by email at or by phone at 416-410-3835.

We hope we’ll see you there!

Annex Cat Rescue Board of Directors

Chair — Joanna Reading — 2nd year of 2nd term
Vice-chair — Navjit Gill — 2nd year of 1st term
Treasurer — Jacqueline Chan (Sharp) — 1st year of 2nd term
Secretary — Sky Lamothe — 1st year of 1st term
Member-at-Large — Rosina Ramirez — 2nd year of 1st term
Member-at-Large — Danielle Benton – 1st year of 1st term
Member-at-Large — Kim Hughes (Appointed to fill a vacancy)

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Walk or Run for Annex Cat Rescue on October 16! Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:31:35 +0000 some Team ACR members

Last year was our first participating in the Charity Challenge. We were bowled over by the enthusiastic response from our supporters and team members! In addition to the money raised, for which we (and ACR kitties) were very grateful, we genuinely had a great time doing the race and invite you to join our team for 2016! There is room for both casual walkers and dedicated runners. Children accompanied by adults are welcome! Not only will it be fun and for a great cause, but you’ll get a one-of-a-kind ACR team t-shirt and meet some nice people. There will even be prizes. Any team member who raises at least $150 for ACR will have their race registration fee reimbursed after the race.

Most of us are doing the 5k walk but you can run the 5k, Half-Marathon (21.1k) or Marathon (42.2k). It’s up to you!

Every Team ACR member will receive a special ACR T-shirt and there will be prizes in several categories (e.g., top fundraisers, best costume, etc.).
To join our team, please email Joanna at so she can get you placed on our team. ***Note: you MUST register for the race using Annex Cat Rescue’s charity discount code in order for us to reimburse the fee.

Don’t delay — join today and help us help homeless cats!

Annex Cat Rescue - Scotiabank Charity Challenge

And if you aren’t able to participate this year, you can still support Annex Cat Rescue by making a team donation.

More information on the STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge is available here.

STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge

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Annex Family Festival Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:34:37 +0000 Annex Family Festival

Hot on the heels of the Taste of Little Italy Festival, Annex Cat Rescue will have a booth at this Sunday’s Annex Family Fair. Come find us outside Trinity St. Paul’s United Church on the south side, between Robert and Major.

We have a new shipment of catnip logs and mats and other treats!

About the Annex Family Festival
The annual street fair in partnership with the Bloor Annex BIA is back on June 26 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. We’ll be taking over Bloor Street from Bathurst to Spadina with: over 120 craft and specialty food vendors, children’s activities, a free film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, local music acts curated by The Tranzac Club, a lively street parade, pop-up performances by the Toronto Fringe Festival and more.

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