“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
Cats or “Felis catus” are majestic animals. Often, we joke that they own people. Well this joke is 100 % true. They own us. We live around their schedules. The ancient Egyptians were possibly first civilization to recognize just how amazing our feline friends are. As with any animals, cats are considered voiceless. They cannot object to any decisions made for them.
In Canada, there are organizations that are government funded and policies that make it legal to euthanize animals including cats who otherwise perfectly healthy. They are usually the animals who have suffered emotional distress,have a non-life threatening disability or been at the shelter for too long.
When I first heard about kill shelters in North America, I was in shock. When I found out that it was such a huge problem in my own community it made my stomach churn. In Canada, we preach about being an empathetic and compassionate society. If this so, then why isn’t this same empathy and compassion not being extended to animals? When we take on a responsibility of a life, we must honour it.
So my fellow Ontarians, does this disturb you enough that you want to make a difference, but unsure how you can help save our feline population. Well, there is one organization that is working hard not only to save felines lives in Canada’s largest city but beyond, that is the Toronto Cat Rescue.
The Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR)
Toronto,a city with almost 3 million people is an up and coming global city. It is also a city with a lot of cats. As a proud Torontonian, I remember seeing a great number of cats roaming the streets. At any given time, the Toronto Cat Rescue is out saving cats from situations of abuse, neglect and euthanasia.
The rescue has been in existence for over 20 years. There is no actual shelter, instead there is a dedicated team of fosters who assist the team of workers and volunteers with the task of rescuing cats in Toronto. TCR will also work with other charities across the nation to save our Canadian felines.
As a registered charity, TCR is a non-profit organization that relies purely on the donations of time, volunteers and money to save cats.
There are many programs that the Toronto Cat Rescues offers including a behavioural helpline and post Adoption Support.
The Toronto Cat Mission statement is “Our vision is for Toronto to be a city in which no adoptable cat is killed and rescue organizations such as Toronto Cat Rescue are no longer needed.”
Please help to make it come true.
Currently, they need your support after rescuing 100 cats from a shelter in Quebec. They are looking for additional foster homes. For more information click here:
Here are the ways you can make a difference in a cat’s life:
Follow on Social Media and share their posts:
By sharing their social media, you can are open the door to endless possibilities to expanding TCR force and at the same time save more lives.
Give a one-time donation or become a monthly donor.
For more information: https://torontocatrescue.ca/donate/securities/
For more information: https://torontocatrescue.ca/donate/legacy-gifts/
Host a fundraising event in honour of TCR.
For more information: https://torontocatrescue.ca/donate/fundraise/
TCR has a wishlist of supplies. Donation are accepting Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at 4229C Dundas St W in Etobicoke, Ontario.
For more information: https://torontocatrescue.ca/donate/donate-cat-food-litter-other-supplies/
Other ways to support the TCR:
Volunteer as a Foster: By fostering you are providing a homeless cat a temporary home and saving their life until they are adopted to their forever home.
To apply as a foster: https://torontocatrescue.ca/volunteer/foster-homes/
Donate a car, Donate Canadian Tire Money and Participate in an employee matching program.
For more information: https://torontocatrescue.ca/donate/other-ways-to-give/
Buy some their gear at Shop TCR:
There are numerous ways you can assist in aiding to save a cat life. I hope those reading remember our animal’s lives are just as precious and we all need to rise up to ensure our furry friends have a positive voice in our society that is speaking in their best interests. We all have the right to life on this earth.
Lots of Love,