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Happy Tail: Miss Mouse

When Safa moved to Toronto she had kitten fever but a good friend recommended she explore other options before adopting one. “Kittens are a lot of work and a lot of responsibility,” her friend said. “How about an adult cat?” As Safa warmed up to the idea, the opportunity arose to take in two senior […]

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Happy Tail: Trixie and Lola (formerly Libby and Natalie)

A cat’s journey with Annex Cat Rescue can travel through many different phases. Trixie and Lola (originally Libby and Natalie) along with their siblings Stewart and Nina, were originally trapped by an ACR volunteer in a colony in the St Clair and Runnymede area. All four kittens were brought to an experienced foster parent named […]

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Happy Tail: Rusty

When Rusty was rescued by ACR, he was a 12-week-old kitten living off bread and leftover pasta. Lesley from ACR had been notified regarding a litter of kittens in the west end. When she arrived, Rusty was the only kitten remaining. As soon as Lesley set up the kitten trap, the delectable scent of tuna […]

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Happy Tail: Pipsqueak

Pipsqueak is a very inquisitive boy who is almost two years old. He was living with a colony of outdoor cats in someone’s backyard until one fateful day when he wandered right into the home of an Annex Cat Rescue foster. It was possibly the easiest rescue ever! He was eight months old at the […]

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Happy Tail: Felix (formerly Jayson)

Felix’s Happy Tail starts in between two fences. He was rescued on a cold November evening by a landscaper named Jayson and bore that name for the first few weeks he was in the care of the Annex Cat Rescue. Jayson (the human) was installing fences at a property in North York when he found […]

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Happy Tail: Michael Burnham (formerly Snorlax)

When she was around 12 years old, this lovely black cat was surrendered to a veterinarian. Her second life began when she ate a small piece of plastic. Within a month, she’d lost half her weight and ended up at the vet in desperate need of surgery. After her surgery was over and she had […]

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Happy Tail: Poe (formerly Bentley)

Poe was a young kitten of five months when he was adopted by Catherine and her partner Adam. According to ACR, Poe (formerly Bentley) was originally rescued from a managed colony in a parking lot by Dupont and Symington. Catherine and Adam had come across ACR when they first moved to Toronto. They had noticed […]

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Happy Tail: Arthur

Having a pet, according to a 2018 meta-analysis of 17 academic papers, offers people a deep sense of stability, continuity, identity, self-worth and existential meaning in one’s life. Cassandra has lived the positive correlation between pet ownership and mental health. Adopting Arthur, who she says is always ready to hang out, has helped counter the […]

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Happy Tail: Dr. Frankenstein (formerly Buster)

If you want to hear exuberance personified, get Amanda on the horn and ask her about striking, big-eared, fabulously named Dr. Frankenstein, newest addition to the household and BFF to sleek Count Dracula. “In December 2017, I had to put down my buddy Joey which felt like I lost a piece of me,” Amanda says. […]

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Happy Tail: Bella & Pancakes

Bella and Pancakes (formerly Marfa), are a mother/daughter duo who have been together since the beginning. Bella and her newborn kittens were taken in by a wonderful ACR foster, Sydney, who was excited to watch everything the kittens learn from their mother. “They’re all so different; you never know what personalities they’ll have,” says Sydney. […]

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