For #ThrowbackThursday, Cat Busters’ Chief Operations Officer, Diane Patterson shares a personal story about a special rescue.
Faith was born August 2005 in a feral colony in downtown Toronto. In June 2006, Cat Busters was asked by the colony caretakers to help relocate the cats. The area was going to be under construction and no longer safe for the cats.
By this time, Faith had three little kittens (two boys and one girl). They all came to my home to be fostered. The little ones found their furever homes fairly quickly, but Faith was too scared of unfamiliar people to be placed in a new home.
When one of my two cats became very sick and had to be euthanized, I decided to adopt her as my own and as a friend for my remaining cat. Now whenever I sit down, she is in my lap and when I go to sleep, she has to cuddle in my right arm. She also tries to help me eat my dinner, but that is a whole other story.
For this Throwback Thursday, Cat Busters Animal Rescue’s founder and CEO, Adrienne Bentley, shares a personal story about one of our rescues, Abby.
Abby, also known as Abby Babs, Abby Babby Boo, and so on, was adopted twice.
She was returned after several years in her first home due to very unfortunate but understandable reasons. She was adopted a second time in May 2015… by me.
Abby was one of a large number of cats and kittens scheduled to be euthanized at a high-volume, high kill-shelter just before the 2004 Thanksgiving weekend. Another volunteer and I drove out to the shelter to rescue as many as we could. We had carriers filled with 21 kittens and 6 adults.
I was desperate to save one more and Abby reached out through the bars of the cage and touched my arm. She had recently delivered a litter of kittens somewhere before she ended up in the shelter, but the kittens had not come with her. She was still very full of milk.
While we had the rescues quarantined for two weeks, Abby went around seeking out all the kittens and nursed each one of them. We knew then that she was a very special cat.
She ended up being adopted by her foster mum and was in a very loving home for 11 years. Due to some extremely sad, personal events, her mum had to return her to us. There was absolutely no hesitation on my part to take her back and foster her myself. By this time, she was about 15 years old, so putting her up for adoption and moving her again was definitely out of the question. Besides it was Abby, the absolutely most amazing cat any of us had ever come into contact with. I knew right away that I was going to adopt her.
I had her for three more years before she passed away in her sleep in 2018.
Our good friends at Pet Valu are gearing up for another National Adoption Weekend on Feb 8, 2020. The Jones & Danforth location will be hosting Cat Busters and some of our wonderful, adoptable rescues this Saturday. Come meet your Valentine or do your shopping while contributing to Pet Valu’s Pet Food Bank Program, which will be making substantial food donations to charities like Cat Busters!
Please join us as we close out 2019 with our next Adoption Day this Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10am to 2pm! Help us fulfill some holiday dreams of #FureverHomes for our #RescueCats. Come shop for presents for your fur friends while supporting our #fundraiser! Looking forward to seeing you there! Further details are below:
Doug needs dentistry!
#RescueCat Doug is a little upset and needs your help this season.
Although it’s been a while since we got him off the streets, it took time to sufficiently earn his trust for a vet visit. He’s now getting treated for an ear infection and will soon have to undergo 4-6 tooth extractions. Evidently, the poor nutrition of life on the street led to the painful deterioration of his teeth. Dentistry alone will cost anywhere from $1,000 to 1,400, depending on what the vet finds while Doug is under.
Sadly, Doug is not our only rescue who needs veterinary care. If you would like to help, you can make an online donation, or please share far and wide! #MakeADifference #Donate #Fundraising
Cat Busters Animal Rescue is hosting another adoption day tomorrow at the Jones & Danforth location of Pet Valu. Come meet and play with the cats who are in need of a loving home, talk to our volunteers about the work we do, or help us raise much-needed funds for vetting our rescues.
Here are some friendly feline faces you may be seeing (depends who’s up for it)!
Clockwise from upper left: Robert, Peaches, Happy, Mr. Tripod
Do you love cats? Do you love taking photos? Do you love taking photos of cats? Is your Instagram feed crammed with cat photos? Did you splurge on that fancy SLR just so you could take better photos of your cat? Does your cat throw you shade, wishing you would go bother some other cats with your photography obsession?
If so, we may have just the thing for you: Cat Busters is looking for volunteers with some camera skills (we have none, so even a little skill is a lot) who would be interested in attending our events and photographing our rescues.
Each animal has a story and a personality that’s waiting to be shared. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, and a beautiful portrait will do more to find a forever home than anything we can possibly say.
If interested, please sign up through our photography volunteer form.
Our next Adoption Day is coming up fast, on Saturday, July 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Jones & Danforth Pet Valu (869 Danforth Avenue).
While you will get to meet some of our adoption-ready cats and kittens at the event, it’s worth noting that not all rescues are suited for the bustling environment of a popular pet supply store. Some kitties are timid, others are afraid of dogs, and a few may still be recovering from a medical issue or trauma. As much as we’d love the public to see them and increase their chances of adoption, it would simply cause too much distress. The welfare of our rescues comes first (obviously!).
So, we’d like to take a moment to put the spotlight on a pair of cats who won’t be at the Adoption Day, but who are more than ready to meet their furever family.
Happy and Mr. Tripod were born outdoors, in the space between two houses. The families on both sides took care of them until Cat Busters got the call. The two sweeties are just under one year old.
Happy is shy, but warms up to attention. It may take some time to adjust to a new home but with a name like Happy, chances are excellent that this kitty will be purring at you in no time.
As his name suggests, Mr. Tripod has three legs. Most of his left hind leg is missing, as are a few toes of the front left paw. No one knows how he came to be this way — it may have been an injury or possibly a birth defect. Whatever his story, he LOVES to be petted. Like Happy, Mr. Tripod is also a little cautious about new people and new surroundings, but he has already demonstrated that he can learn to trust good people in a variety of environments.
Because they are a bonded pair, we would very much like for them to be adopted together. These BFFs deserve to start the new chapter of their lives in the glow of each other’s company. Are you their purrfect human? Got room for two fuzzy balls of cuteness?
Spring is finally here! To celebrate, we’re back at two Pet Valu locations this Saturday for our next Adoption Day event. A number of adoption-ready cats will be there. Come meet your furry BFF!
The snow and ice has been terrible this week, but thaw out with us this weekend at our first event of 2019. We’re back at the Jones & Danforth location of Pet Valu for a special Adoption Day!