In Memoriam: Joyce Smith

Joyce SmithAll of us at Cat Busters would like to take a moment to celebrate the memory of the late Joyce Smith, a dear friend and one of our most ardent, longtime supporters.

Joyce was an outstandingly compassionate, strong and generous person who always put her family first.  She lived life to the fullest and had many passions, including gardening, traveling, quilting, painting, knitting and cooking.  These talents were often put to great use for Cat Busters — her lovely hand-made quilts, pillows and other creations were donated to our auctions and helped us raise much-needed funds for our rescues.

Joyce’s caring nature, playful spirit and quick wit will be sorely missed.  We send her loved ones our deepest condolences.  Cheers to this wonderful woman!

Join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge and Help Cat Busters!

CanadaHelps, the trusted nonprofit serving registered Canadian charities and donors, is running the Great Canadian Giving Challenge all month long.  Every $1 you donate to Cat Busters through CanadaHelps counts as an automatic entry to a draw that can win $10,000 for our cause!  The more you give, the greater our chances for helping countless rescues.  Help us help them!

Take the No Hot Pets Pledge!

2015-OSPCA_NoHotPets_Poster(x2)_11x17r1The warm weather is here!  Cat Busters Animal Rescue is running the very successful No Hot Pets campaign, created by the Ontario SPCA, in an effort to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a vehicle during the hot summer months.

To take the No Hot Pets pledge (and receive your free window decal while supplies last) and for more information, please visit www.nohotpets.ca

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, call the 24/7 hotline, 310-SPCA (7722).

All PAWs on Deck for Pet Adoption Weekend (PAW)!

CBAR-Adoption-Day-2015-Poster-landscapeIt’s been a while since our last major event but we’re more than making up for it in a big way this Saturday.  You’ll find us with our many adorable rescues at FOUR Pet Valu locations across Toronto.  As part of their charitable initiatives, Pet Valu will be helping us collect donations while also showcasing wonderful, deserving kitties who are looking for forever homes.  Come out to see us!

The Purrfect Gala 2014

Milk and cookies.  Batman and Robin.  Cats and catnip.  Like a lot of things that go well together, fundraisers and parties were meant to be.  What’s not to like about raising money for a good cause while having fun?

Cat Busters is hosting its Fifth Annual Purrfect Gala fundraiser this Sunday Nov 9.  Once again, Statlers Lounge (487 Church St.) has stepped up to the plate and offered their venue for the event.  From 4:00 to 8:00pm, our MC will lead you through an evening of live music, entertainers, comedy, fortune telling, and even Santa.  As you sip your beer or cocktails, feel free to also peruse the numerous items that are up for bidding in our Silent Auction.  It’s a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done and even treat yourself to some goodies.

All proceeds go straight to the veterinary care of our rescues — everything from spaying/neutering to critical surgeries for those in dire need.  Remember the rescue (and eventual adoption, yay!) of sweet Tripod, the feral who was found with a leg missing?  Last year’s Gala was a roaring success, which went a long way towards helping these special cats.  Help us repeat (and perhaps even surpass) that happy story!

Purrfect Gala

Crazy Cat Lady Garage Sale

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Looking for some great bargains while also helping a great cause?  It’s been two years, but we’re back, better than ever, with our garage sale fundraiser this weekend.  Our goal is to raise $500 to help spay and neuter 8 rescued adult cats.  We have a large and (some might say) surprising assortment of items for sale, all donated by generous benefactors.  You never know what great find you might uncover!  Come check us out!

Cabbagetown Festival This Weekend

The 38th annual Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts, Toronto’s longest running community festival, is on this weekend and Cat Busters will be there! Our good friends at the Cabbagetown Pet Valu (240 Carlton Street, M5A 2L1) have generously allocated space for us to host a booth.

We’ll be greeting locals, fundraising, offering information, recruiting volunteers and also seeking loving forever homes for our rescues.

You’ll find us there both Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 3pm (longer if things get busy). Come on out to revel in the festivities and please drop by to say ‘hi!’

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In Memoriam: Lydia Allain

Lydia AllainIt is with grief and a heavy heart that we announce that one of our foster caregivers passed away on Saturday. Lydia cared more for her animals than she did herself. She vigilantly scanned Kijiji and Craigslist for pet postings, looking for urgent cases and assisting people in finding homes for their pets. On the odd occasion when she couldn’t find help, she took in the animal herself until a forever home could be found. Always thinking of her friends, she made a point of locating items and opportunities that would benefit others. She will be missed, all the more so given the magnitude of change she effected through all the animals she saved. Let us take a moment today to honour her memory. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Cats and Ladies = Art and Charity

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A group of local women artists, who also happen to be friends of Cat Busters, are putting on an exhibit called Meow Wow running from Aug 6 to Aug 31 at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse.  The exhibit’s opening reception will be on Aug 6 from 7:00 to 11:00pm.  This Cat & Lady Art Show explores the complex and varied associations between cats and women.  From the event programme:

There is no denying that cat culture is incredibly popular. Cats have held a captive audience in works of art, literature, in the home and today on the internet featuring prominently in many internet memes. While these depictions have been both positive and negative, one cannot deny the staying power of the imagery associated with cats, particularly their relationship with women. Witches familiars, ancient fertility goddesses, crazy cat ladies, Japanese cat girls and sexy leather clad feline villain women all show different sides of the ongoing relationship between cats and women in a cultural sense. Why are people drawn to cats this way?

These talented women are also generous: 10% of all art sales will be donated to Cat Busters!  Find a work of art to adorn your walls, support local artists and help an animal rescue, all at the same time!

All Paws on Deck for Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW)!

AdoptionDay_PAW_20140705Our good friends at Pet Valu are gearing up for another Pet Appreciation Weekend. Four Pet Valu locations — The Beach, Laird, Jones & Danforth and Cabbagetown — will be hosting Cat Busters and many of our wonderful, adoptable rescues this Saturday. Come meet your new best friend or do your shopping while contributing to Pet Valu’s Pet Food Bank Program, which will be making substantial food donations to organizations like Cat Busters!  The same campaign in April raised over $1 million nation-wide.  Please click on the flyer for further details.