Annex Cat Rescue Cat Adoption with a Difference Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:03:03 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 My Purrfect Valentine – Charity Fundraiser Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:25:35 +0000 my Purrfect Valentine fundaiser

Join us for an evening of comedy on Sunday February 14 at 7:00 pm
All proceeds will be given to Annex Cat Rescue.
Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction.
Thank you to our sponsors for their past and continued support:
Via Rail, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Pet Uno, Global Pet Foods, Hops and Robbers, Nutrience, Insomnia.
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Be Mine? PetSmart Adopt-a-Thon Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:07:41 +0000 Annex Cat Rescue adoptathon February 2016

Annex Cat Rescue will be participating in PetSmart Charities‘ National Adoption Weekend but only for one day: Saturday February 13 at PetSmart Stockyards. We’ll have some of our cats who are looking for good homes there and be able to answer any questions you may have about volunteering with us or about feral cat colony care.

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Saluting Fay Neuber 1959-2015: Daughter, sister, aunt, friend and ACR volunteer Wed, 03 Feb 2016 02:09:11 +0000 A quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi goes, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” That same maxim also applies to individuals, and by that measure, Fay Neuber was a sterling example of moral progress where cats were concerned.

Fay Neuber

A dedicated, long-time volunteer colony cat feeder with Annex Cat Rescue throughout the 1990s and much of the aughts, Neuber – who died last December after a lengthy battle with cancer at age 56 – had a devotion to cats that was boundless.

Indeed, Neuber almost miraculously met friend and fellow ACR volunteer Liz Cabral shortly after she was diagnosed in early 2015 while Cabral was coincidentally trying to locate some feral cats near Neuber’s home in rural Ontario, where Neuber had recently moved after two decades in Toronto.

“It was like divine intervention,” sister Kelly Neuber confirms, “because at that point Fay wasn’t going outside much. But she just happened to walk outside at that very moment.”

“I saw this lady and asked if she knew anything about stray cats,” Cabral recalls. She did. And with Cabral’s help, four ferals Neuber had been tending despite her advancing illness – Trixie, Pixie, Jackie and Danny – were eventually taken into care as were Momma, Manny, Tara and Jessie, Neuber’s owned cats.

“Fay would always refer to cats as her ‘little loves,’” says Cabral, who Neuber referred to as her “cat angel.”

“When Fay was in hospital last fall, I went over to her place to get her cats. Manny was frightened so I had to call Fay and she called out to him, ‘Manny my love’. She said that for about a minute and he calmed down enough for me to get him in a carrier.”

Says Kelly Neuber, “Fay always talked about Annex Cat Rescue being a grassroots organization, which was really important to her.” (Fay Neuber’s family asked friends to make donations to ACR in her memory).

“Even when she had moved to the country,” Kelly Neuber continues, “she was so devoted to feral cats. And she stayed in touch with ACR and would occasionally reach out for help with trapping [for TNR].”

Fay Neuber and Duke

“Fay was like a long-lost sister to me. She had such a loving heart,” adds Cabral. “She thought cats were such unique creatures. And they gave such unconditional love.”

And so did Fay Neuber, to the very end.

— Kim Hughes

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Happy Tails: Nipper and Tucker Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:09:42 +0000 Imagine being separated from your best friend of 11 years? That could have been the fate for Nipper and Tucker had they not come to Annex Cat Rescue.

ACR did not dare to separate these two pals and put them up for adoption as a bonded pair. As they are senior cats, ACR was not expecting a line-up for adoption.

in their foster home

Nipper and Tucker were able to wait comfortably in their foster home and their patience was rewarded.  Eventually the pair was adopted by cat lover Carolyn. By this point, they had lived in their foster home for quite some time and Carolyn believes that the cats and their foster parent grew quite attached to each other. As she picked them up to take them to their forever home, she promised to take good care of them.

Tipper and Tucker

The excellent care began with slowly introducing Nipper and Tucker into their new home. Since Carolyn has other cats, it was important that the pair was introduced slowly so that they did not get off on the wrong “paw”.  “It helped that they can rely on each other when they were nervous,” Carolyn said.

Nipper and Tucker were kept in a separate area of her apartment until they were ready and the other cats were happy to accept them. Carolyn has noticed that Nipper and Tucker have become much more independent than those initial days. They enjoy surveying their neighbourhood from their screened-in balcony, and Tucker, the shy one, has become more confident and loves to be petted. Even as they gain their independence, Carolyn admits that it is always cute to see them curled up together.

best buds Tipper and Tucker

Carolyn, who has adopted through different rescue agencies, appreciates the care ACR volunteers take to screen potential adopters to ensure that each cat finds the right home.

Her advice for anyone looking to adopt a cat is to look at their budget and see if there is room for two cats. “It’s preferable to adopt a pair so that they always have a buddy,” she said.

She is grateful for the work of ACR as she now has two really great cats!

–Jillian Kaster

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Winter’s Story Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:15:07 +0000 Winter was left out in the cold in a box outside of a veterinarian’s office. He was in bad shape and wasn’t expected to live. Barely more than skin and bones at the time, he had a number of medical problems including early renal failure, lymphoma, and kidney issues.

Winter 2014

We don’t know how old he is or what his background was, but he’s a senior cat. Melissa, who took him in last July, believes that he was a pet at some point in the past because he’s so friendly and good with people.

When he first came to Annex Cat Rescue, he was given six months to live. That was two years ago. When Winter’s first foster mom had to give him up due to personal reasons, ACR launched a social media campaign to help him find a new home. This is how Melissa found Winter.

Winter is in what is called a “palliative foster home”, where Melissa and her husband will care for him for the rest of his life, keeping him happy and comfortable. It’s more a forever home than a foster home, as he won’t be adopted. They monitor his health and are in contact with his vet, whom he sees regularly. On his best days, it’s impossible to imagine that he’s sick at all.


The comfort and kindness of a home is really helping. Melissa doubts that Winter would have done as well if he had to live in a cage. In his home, he takes fluids every day to keep hydrated and only eats a special, veterinarian-prescribed diet to keep his thyroid in check. He gets to play and nap, and receives lots of love and care.

Winter is an old boy and while he doesn’t run around so much, he still likes to play with catnip and other toys. “Everyone that meets him adores him,” says Melissa. “He has a life that’s full of love!” He always knows when it’s food time, and does a “loud old man yell” when he’s hungry.

Melissa has decades of experience with cats, although Winter is her first with ACR. For the past four years, she’s been a foster mom with Toronto Cat Rescue, where she had a variety of interesting cases including two pregnant moms having their litters, kittens rescued from sewers and car crashes and other cats with serious medical problems. In the past she worked briefly in animal medicine, so her experience and medical knowledge make her the perfect foster mom for a cat like Winter who needs that extra daily care.

Winter and Fiona

Melissa’s home has other cats in it as well, whom Winter gets along pretty well with. He’s even bonded with Fiona, a ragdoll adopted from a hoarding situation. The two sleep and groom together and couldn’t be sweeter.

His story brings some much-needed attention to older cats with special needs. Some people are wary of special needs cats, but in reality, kitten-proofing a house is far more work than giving a cat like Winter his daily medicine.

Rescue cats are the most loving and interesting cats to Melissa. “It’s like they know that they’ve been rescued,” she says. “They’re all different, and all awesome!”

–Risa de Rege

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Share the Warmth – Adopt-a-Thon Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:57:15 +0000 January Adopt-a-thon

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Happy Tails: Cookie Monster Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:07:40 +0000 Cookie Monster, rescued from a feral colony, was far from a monster. He was very shy and what Sky Lamothe saw at their first meeting were only bits of Cookie – a bit of body, a hint of face and a portion of tail.

Sky was looking for a companion kitty for her cat, Finnwin. After his 20-year-old, jet-black buddy Rupert passed away, Finnwin seemed to be lost and lonely. Since Sky’s other cat Jackson is more of a maverick type, the pair was just “tolerating each other” rather than friends.

On the suggestion of the adoption team at Annex Cat Rescue, Sky visited Cookie’s foster home. Although she never got to see the “whole” Cookie and he wasn’t black (the colour that Sky had set her heart on), observing his interactions with other cats at the foster home and talking with his foster mom helped her make a decision. The shy, buff feline was sitting in Sky’s bathroom the next day.

Sky was very careful introducing Cookie to the other residents of her home because rushing the integration process could affect their long-term relationships. Cookie got privacy with a covered bed, food, water and a litter box in the bathroom. Sky left the door slightly open, so Cookie could see out but would still feel safe, and she let Cookie decide when he was ready to come out.

Happy Tail - Cookie first day

Cookie spent the first night in the bathroom, but started venturing out the next day. However, Cookie wasn’t interested in Finnwin, who desperately wanted a buddy; he only had eyes for Jackson, who wanted nothing to do with him! A few days later, though, Cookie bonded with Finnwin, and they started sleeping together and grooming each other.

Happy Tails - Cookie Monster

It’s been a year and half. Cookie has grown into a big cat – much bigger than his older brothers. “My gentle giant,” Sky called him. He has been a great companion for Finnwin, but his relationship with Jackson has both surprised and delighted Sky. “Jackson came from a horrible background and to see them chasing each other around the apartment, playing their little hearts out, makes me very happy,” she said.

Cookie’s relationship with Sky has come a long way as well. He is still a little shy, but he sleeps on her lap and at the foot of the bed. “I knew it would take a while for Cookie and me to build a relationship as he still had a ways to go in trusting humans, but figured we would have years to do that,” she said.

Happpy Tail - Cookie the lap cat

Patience seems to be the key, especially when adding new kitties to the family. Sky took a few months to find Finnwinn and about two to find Cookie. She visited a lot of cats, and talked with the foster families to find out about their personalities. “I think it pays off in the long run to take your time when adopting a cat, especially if you already have one and are looking for a second or third one.” she said.

–Alex Kitayama

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Happy Tails: Clyde Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:36:51 +0000 Clyde is Nicole’s first cat. Previously a dog owner and always a pet lover, she wanted a pet but a dog would have been too much with her schedule. The independent, casual attitude of most cats felt like a far better fit and would still provide all the companionship and company at home that she wanted.

Having heard of Annex Cat Rescue online, she started to look around the website at various cats.

Happy Tails Clyde

Clyde was a fluke – she just happened to see his cute picture. She wanted a friend for the long haul and since Clyde was young and sweet, she knew he would be around for many years.

Clyde’s background is unknown other than the fact that he was surrendered. Sadly, Clyde had been declawed both front and back. Nicole saw the adoption as an opportunity to give a home to a cat who had suffered this painful procedure.

Clyde is a super-friendly and well-adjusted cat – “like a dog”. He is always ready to greet Nicole when she comes through the door and he follows her everywhere once she’s inside. He likes to run into the bathroom with her and play with the bathtub. He is also partial to paper bags and loves exploring the laundry room. He’ll sit and cry at the door until he’s let in.

Happy Tails Clyde 2

Since she never owned a cat before, Clyde’s behaviour is especially fun for Nicole to watch and learn about. She laughs about how she is unsure if his traits are “cat things” or just “Clyde things”. He sleeps in her bed and is so sweet and lovely. She’s obsessed with him. With others, Clyde is friendly and social and is even okay with most dogs, as long as they are calm.

Nicole feels like she has really lucked out with Clyde and insists that adopting him was the best thing ever. He is cute and perfect and ever since he entered her life, she has been telling everyone about him!

–Risa de Rege

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Peaches’ Story Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:28:42 +0000 PeachesNo one would ever suggest welcoming a special needs cat into the family is easy, but for Meg Cameron, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

As a student in her final year of university, Meg decided to foster a cat and she was given Peaches, a one year old male who was surrendered by his owners because he had epilepsy. She was asked to monitor Peaches to see how often he had seizures and whether he needed to be put on medication.

The plan was for Meg to return Peaches after the observation period, but despite his medical issue – he suffered a handful of severe seizures during their time together – Peaches captured Meg’s heart and she decided to adopt him.

“I just couldn’t stand the thought of him living the rest of his life in a cage,” Meg said. “He’s just the sweetest cat in the world.”

Peaches and Meg

She took him to the vet shortly after and was told the only treatment option was to put him on anticonvulsant medication, which had the potential to damage his kidneys. Because of that, and the severity of his condition, Meg was told he may only live for one or two years.

That was eight years ago.

Thankfully for Peaches, Meg took him to another vet, one that specialized in cats, and that vet made a significant discovery: on top of the significant seizures that Peaches was having every two to three weeks, he was having a partial seizure every time he twitched, which was frequently. The vet consulted with animal neurologists and Peaches was prescribed a new medication.

“And he’s a completely different cat now,” Meg said.

Peaches is seizure free… almost.

“He knows how to hide the pills in his cheek,” Meg said with a chuckle, “so if he spits it out and we don’t catch it, or if he’s under a lot of stress, he’ll have a seizure, but they’re very few and far between, and they’re nowhere near as severe as they used to be.”

So a cat that was once given no chance (at one point Meg was told by the first vet that it would be best for Peaches to be put down) has gone on to live a long and fulfilling life, bringing joy and comfort into Meg’s home – and also becoming a bit of an Internet star. Peaches has 2,300 followers on Instagram and was even featured on “Cats Of Instagram,” which has 5.3 million followers. And in many of Peaches photos is the new addition to the Cameron Clan: a kitten by the name of Frankie, who has feline leukemia.


Peaches and Frankie

“We’re destined to only have special needs cats now,” Meg said with a smile.

Peaches’ medication costs about $45 dollars a month, which Meg believes is a small price to pay: “If you’re in a position financially to do it and you can get past those initial barriers of having to educate yourself on the condition, it is such a fulfilling thing to do… For me, with Peaches, to see him happy, no matter how much money I had to spend on him, it’s worth it.”

— Edward Fraser

(Annex Cat Rescue has many special needs cats available for adoption. Meg, ACR’s photography coordinator, is happy to speak with anyone to give them more information on what it takes to care for a cat with epilepsy.)

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New Year, New Start Adoption Promotion Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:54:14 +0000 ACR’s special needs cats can’t see their disabilities – they just want to be loved in a forever home. Be their hero and ACR will guide you along the way with post-adoption support! Our special needs cats are available at a reduced adoption rate.

Special needs cats promotion

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