Happy Tail: Tippy

When Annex Cat Rescue volunteers operating a colony feeding route in Toronto’s east end found signs of a young cat, Tippy, and a litter of kittens in an abandoned garage, they called in Trap-Neuter/Spay-Rescue (TNR) expert Robin to assess the situation. One of ACR’s most prolific volunteers, Robin has saved hundreds of cats and kittens from living on city streets through effective TNR, fostering, and adoption programs.

Robin is quick to praise her fellow volunteers. “For the hundreds of cats that we’ve rescued and who have grown up to have homes instead of living outside, it’s truly impactful. You can make a huge difference no matter what you do—whether you feed colonies, foster or adopt—it all adds up,” she says. One such foster, Ana, along with her husband and their cat Larry, welcomed Tippy home shortly after the rescue. 

Happy Tail: Tippy

With newcomer Tippy recovering from a persistent eye infection, and Larry used to being “cat of the house,” Ana took efforts to be sure that both were comfortable. “I didn’t want them to be together at the beginning because Tippy needed attention and I wasn’t sure how Larry would react, so I slept with her for one week in a separate room,” she says.

Happy Tail: Tippy

Despite the closed door, Larry and Tippy could see and hear each other, often meowing back and forth, and Tippy started to become interested in seeing what was on the other side. After about a week, Ana decided to open the door and see what would happen. Larry did not disappoint, immediately smelling, cleaning, and caring for Tippy.

Happy Tail: Tippy

“It was so amazing to see. I told my husband that it was such a good thing to have two cats in the house, or to adopt them together, because they can support each other,” says Ana. As the couple watched Tippy grow and become happy with her new best friend Larry, they knew she had found her forever home and decided to adopt her.

Happy Tail: Tippy

“I used to say that I wanted to help the world and all animals and people. I might not be able to do that, but if I can take my time and use it to care for one or two or three cats I can change their world forever, and they can change mine,” she says. “We both benefit.” 

Happy Tail: Tippy

Robin echoes Ana’s take on fostering and adoption. “If you love cats, you can make such a huge impact on their lives. It can be such a rewarding thing to bring in a feral cat. Just because they are scared at first doesn’t mean that a few months down the line they’re still going to be scared. It’s amazing to see them evolve and change over time.”

-Jessica Pellerin

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