Annex Cat Rescue Cat Adoption with a Difference Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:34:37 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Annex Family Festival Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:34:37 +0000 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!

Taste of Little Italy
(Volunteers Laura H and Gayle K at the Taste of Little Italy Festival last weekend)

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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Kick Off Summer Adoptathon Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:34:03 +0000 Adoptathon Pet Uno June

We’re back at our friends Pet Uno for our next Adoptathon on Saturday June 25, from 10:00am to approximately 5:00pm. As it’s summer, we’ll also be holding a Bake Sale so stop by to pick up a sweet treat if you’re in the ‘hood.

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Happy Tails: Tini and Rue Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:12:22 +0000 Some cats simply belong together. That’s certainly the case with Tini and Rue who are mother and daughter, respectively, and both less than five years old. Yet despite their shared lineage, it took considerable effort to unite the pair for good.


Born outside and rescued separately in mid-2014 from a west end colony, the sleek, elegant and nearly identical black cats – distinguishable by their strikingly unique eyes –  went through several unsuccessful placements before finally landing with Ruth Botelho last April.

The long-time ACR volunteer, who has fostered nearly 30 cats and kittens in just under a decade, was the ideal interim candidate for the cautiously curious pair. By December 2015, stable, socialized Tini and Rue were headed to the forever home of Karen Walton where today, they are thriving… especially if a visitor comes bearing beloved cheddar.

Rue and Tina

“They are very happy and one of them is sitting in the window watching me right now,” Walton laughs. “Both Rue and Tini have their own distinct personalities, of course. Tini was physically closest to me at first which might have been about putting herself between me and Rue. But Rue is the showboat who likes to play around. She was the first to really engage with me directly whereas Tini was around but watching.”

Interestingly, although Walton has owned countless rescue cats over the years, she always gravitated towards older or ill cats requiring more care.

“When I saw them on the ACR website, they weren’t what I thought would be my first choice,” she confirms. “But when I interviewed with ACR, they said ‘Perhaps you’d like a break from old, sick cats. We have this pair we’d like to place together.’ It hadn’t occurred to me to take healthy cats!

“They were very timid when I visited them at Ruth’s place.  But I hung out for a few hours and noticed they made eye contact. I just decided based on the care they had received to that point, that I would take them on and try and bring them out of their feral state of mind.”

Rue and Tini

Both foster Mom Botelho and forever Mom Walton agree that Rue and Tini – the latter shortened from Meowtini – are exceptionally beautiful and gentle cats despite being formerly feral. Given time and patience, the pair acclimatized perfectly to life indoors.

Walton also stresses that the level of care and attention the cats received under the aegis of ACR made it much easier for her to adopt them with confidence.

“I got lots of backstory on the cats. Both Ruth and ACR had plenty of detail on what to expect, which made me feel very informed. In fact, we all went to the vet together for their pre-adoption check-up. At first, they were wary – mine was yet another new home. But my home is large and very quiet, I work from home, so we fell into a routine very easily.

“As long as you take the time to allow the cats to adjust to their new environment – and to you – they start feeling safe and trust that you are where the food comes from. Patience and understanding goes a long way. We just got used to sharing the same space.”

–Kim Hughes

Photos courtesy of Karen Walton.

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Taste of Little Italy Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:49:34 +0000 Taste of Little Italy 2016

Annex Cat Rescue will be at Taste of Little Italy. We will have a table set up in front of  our friends, Pet Uno. We will not have any cats there but we will have lots of catnip goodies and friendly volunteers to speak with, so drop by and see us!

Where: Pet Uno, 675 College Street
When: Saturday & Sunday , June 18 & 19, 2016

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Walk or Run for Annex Cat Rescue on October 16! Fri, 10 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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Photographers Tue, 07 Jun 2016 18:57:46 +0000 volunteer as a cat photographer

We’re looking for a few photography volunteers to make a difference in our cats’ lives and to bring further awareness to the work we do.

What you would be doing:
– photographing specific cats in their foster homes to give them the best possible chance of being adopted
– photographing events such as adopt-a-thons and community fairs
– submitting photos to the Photography Co-ordinator in a reasonable time frame for use (within a few days) on social media and the website

Who we’re looking for:
– you love taking photos, especially of cats or dogs
– you can show us some of your work
– you’re interested in pet photography and have put some thought into it (ie. how to get a great “black cat shot”)
– you’re patient and can wait for a purrfect shot
– you’re punctual and responsible (we don’t want foster families to wait all day for you to show up or to intrude much into their lives)

Time commitment:
You can select which “jobs” to take on so if there are weeks that you’re too busy and weeks you can help, you can adjust how much you contribute.
We do, however, ask for a 6 month commitment.

You will get credit for your photographs.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a photography volunteer, or expanding your work within the organization, please e-mail us, or apply online.

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Morning Feeders Needed Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:58:38 +0000 feed feral cats Toronto

Feral cat feeders are needed to feed weekday mornings (day is flexible) at a colony in the east end (Carlaw area). We could use a couple of feeders, either once a week or every second week. Feeders supply their own wet and dry food for about 9-10 cats. Any help is appreciated! Find out more here.

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Happy Tails: Bubbie (formerly Iggy) Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:47:13 +0000 A little kindness can go a long way towards erasing cruelty.

Bubbie the cat was rescued from a feral colony in 2014 after presumably being thrown out by his previous owners once he started spraying because he wasn’t neutered. If that wasn’t enough, during his time on the street he suffered a gash on his neck that resulted in a potentially life-threatening abscess.

Luckily for Bubbie, however, he ended up in the care of Liz Cabral, who’s been helping rescue street cats since 2010. Liz took Bubbie to the Toronto Humane Society where he was fixed and had the abscess treated. She then brought him home for a lengthy recovery, which in the short-term involved getting him cleaned up and giving him regular medicine and in the long-term involved putting some weight on his bones, since he had become quite emaciated.

“He was in really rough shape,” Liz said. “He was quite dirty and injured and skinny.”

Iggy has a bad neck infection

It didn’t take long for Bubbie to show his appreciation for the care he was receiving.

“Within a day or a day and a half, he started showing signs of being friendly,” Liz said. “He was rolling around on his back and then I started giving him treats through the crate. And then he started taking the treats right from my hand.

“He was such a loving, good-natured cat.”

Iggy in his foster home

This was no feral kitty: Bubbie was ready to be part of a family again. And he eventually found his permanent human companion in Joyce Singh, who discovered Bubbie at an adopt-a-thon thanks to a touch of kismet.

“I had never owned a cat on my own before, so I was so hesitant to commit to one,” said Joyce.“I just kept wandering around and it got to the point where almost all the cats were gone…So there were only three cats left and he was just sitting in his cage, chillin’. He looked calm, so I chose him and I took him home and he adapted really well.”

Bubbie now has a loving home

That’s an understatement. Within a half hour, Bubbie was exploring his new abode and eating. And since those early days the two have developed an inseparable bond.

“He’s just super-affectionate, cuddly and friendly… when I get home from work, first it’s time for food, then he insists I go and lay on my bed with him.”

Joyce having had no idea about Bubbie’s ordeal, and only learning about it when told during our conversation for this feature, truly speaks to the excellent work done by Liz.

“I had never even seen or felt the scar,” Joyce said.

lucky Bubbie!

And there you have it. Thanks to the kindness shown by Liz and Joyce, the cruelty suffered by one lucky, special cat can be forgotten, replaced with happy memories from a loving home.

— Edward Fraser

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Help Us Win $10,000! Tue, 31 May 2016 18:13:35 +0000 Great Canadian Giving Challenge
From June 1 – June 30, every $1 donated to Annex Cat Rescue via or* automatically earns our organization a chance to win a $10,000 donation!

*Minimum $3 donation
*Challenge begins June 1, 2016 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
*Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2016 – $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity

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Annex Cat Rescue’s 2016 Annual General Meeting Mon, 30 May 2016 18:42:07 +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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