Thanking Our Volunteers!

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Here in Canada, we are celebrating National Volunteer Week, to recognize the invaluable contributions of our volunteers — without them, Cat Busters simply cannot exist — and to raise awareness and interest in volunteering.

There are innumerable ways in which people can help us help our rescues.  The hardest jobs are also the most rewarding, such as rescuing, fostering or fundraising.  Yet we mean it when we say that no job is too small to make a difference.  When the entire endeavor depends on people pitching in — whether it’s with one mouse click to Share our Facebook posts, one dollar donated toward our cause, or one hour of your free time — it becomes immediately apparent how important each and every gesture makes up the larger whole.  It becomes part of a movement to save the lives of literally hundreds of animals.  With your help, perhaps we can even reach thousands.

For National Volunteer Week 2017, we would like to shine a spotlight on one of our most recent recruits, Jan Maitland.

Are there any cats in your household?

I am owned by two cats.

How did you hear about Cat Busters Animal Rescue?

I heard about Cat Busters from [the CEO,] Adrienne.  I live in the same complex as Mary Anne [Morrison, CFO].

What prompted you to get involved?

Adrienne was leaving from Mary Anne’s place with a cat in a cat carrier.  I stopped her to ask her about her cat.  She told me about Cat Busters and told me that they were looking for volunteers.  We exchanged numbers as I said I was interested in being a volunteer, as I am a cat lover.  Adrienne gave me Diane [Patterson, COO]’s number as she was a lot closer to me than she was.  We set up a time and I came and met the cats.  

Have you volunteered for non-profits before?

I am currently volunteering with a non-profit organization where I used to work.  I have learned that both people and cats are individuals and need different approaches.  That lesson was reinforced by where I worked before I retired. 

What do you do as a volunteer?

I play with and socialize with the cats.  I also give them treats which they enjoy and helps me get to know them.

How do you balance your time between volunteering and other priorities?

I am retired so I have more time available.  I still see friends and go to appointments. 

What would you like other prospective volunteers to know about Cat Busters?

Cats are lovingly treated and given lots of attention.  

When adopted they can still be in contact with Cat Busters and if it is not a good match they can exchange for a different cat.  If it is wonderful match, they can also let Cat Busters know.  

If someone wants a cat, they can pick a cat, pay the adoption fee and get the cat later.  Cats get medical attention and won’t be adopted until healthy.  

Volunteers are given advice about dealing with cats.  All they would need to do is ask. Often Diane comes into the room to do cleaning etc. and is available for consultation.  It gave me an opportunity to get to know a good number of cats and I really enjoy that.  Diane and I get along well and each likes how the other one treats the cats.  

Rescue Adoptions for Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW)

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We’re kicking off our 2017 series of events with a kiss: find your purrfect Valentine this Saturday, February 11, 2017 at two Pet Valu locations across Toronto.  Meet our rescues who are ready for their forever homes.

As part of Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW), our volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about adoption and fostering at the Jones & Danforth and Cabbagetown locations of Pet Valu.

This is also an opportunity for you to contribute in other ways: shopping at Pet Valu will result in contributions to the Pet Food Bank Program, which in turn will be making much needed donations to local charities like Cat Busters!

Please see our News & Events page for further details.

It’s Time for the Seventh Annual Purrfect Gala!

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Once a year, we let our hair down, lint roller the cat hairs off our clothes, and go out for a fabulous round of entertainment and fun.  We invite you to join us for a memorable evening of live music, comedy, a silent auction and a donation drive!  Who says charity and fundraising can’t be a blast?

Our 7th annual Purrfect Gala takes place this year on Sunday, November 6, 2016 between 3:30 and 8:30pm at Statlers Lounge (487 Church Street).

All proceeds go toward essential rescue and vetting costs.  You’ll be helping us enormously with the animals we rescue.  And with the holidays around the corner, the silent auction is a perfect opportunity to pick up some great gifts while supporting a good cause.  Have a pint with us and celebrate!

PAW Times Three!

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It’s not a hallucination, you’re really seeing in threes!  Cat Busters and Pet Valu are celebrating Pet Appreciation Weekend and National Adoption Weekend again by hosting an Adoption Day this Saturday at THREE LOCATIONS! Three times the cute, three times the cuddles, three times the opportunity to support our cause.

You can find us at the Laird (95 Laird Drive, Unit 3), Jones & Danforth (869 Danforth Ave) and Cabbagetown (240 Carlton St) shops with many of our wonderful, adoptable rescues.

Come play with our beautiful kitties, say hello to our volunteers, do your shopping, and also donate to Pet Valu’s Pet Food Bank Program, which has long been making significant food contributions to charities like Cat Busters!

Please see our News & Events page for details and spread the word!

PAWs Up for Pet Appreciation Weekend!

cat-691175_1280Our good friends at Pet Valu are gearing up for another Pet Appreciation Weekend / National Adoption Weekend on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Three Pet Valu locations — Laird, Jones & Danforth and Cabbagetown — will be hosting Cat Busters and many of our wonderful, adoptable rescues tomorrow.

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 charities like Cat Busters!

Please see our News & Events page for details and spread the word!

Lend a PAW to Pet Adoption Weekend

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Once again, our friends at Pet Valu are showcasing us through Pet Appreciation Weekend / National Adoption Weekend, a national initiative to help local shelters, rescues and charities such as Cat Busters.  You’ll find us this Saturday at four locations where you can meet our adorable kitties who are looking for forever homes.  Pet Valu will also be helping us collect donations and highlight the rescue work we do.  Hope to see you there!

The Sixth Annual CBAR Purrfect Gala!

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If you happen to be downtown on Sunday November 22, 2015 between 4:00 to 8:30 pm, with nothing to do, tired of Christmas shopping and looking to have some fun, drop by Statlers Lounge (487 Church Street), take a load off your feet, and enjoy some fabulous entertainment and silliness.

We have the talented Kevin Wong and Natasha Dee Buckeridge headlining the event, some comedy and a lot of music for everyone.  We also have our annual silent auction that puts wonderful offers and gifts up for grabs, while helping us with the critically important task of fundraising.

All the money raised goes directly towards necessary vetting costs.  Read some of our blog posts to learn how the funds we raise have helped rescues, like the saga of Tripod — the beautiful three-legged feral — and her litter of kittens.

Hope to see you there!

A Warning for Our Facebook Friends

Hello All,

Recently a Facebook user posted on our Page a link to another Facebook Page using the name “Cat Busters”. This other Page promotes the killing of both domestic and feral cats in Australia and has links to graphic and inappropriate images.

We are in no way associated with this other Page or the user(s) who created it. Thankfully, our Page administrator quickly deleted the link and has banned this person from being able to post on our site.

We have the name of Cat Busters Animal Rescue, from the fact we first started off rescuing cats and animals in municipal animal shelters scheduled to be euthanized. So we were “busting” them out of jail and the name stuck.

COLOUR-logo-CBAR-transBGWe have taken steps to notify Facebook of both the misuse of our Registered Name and the graphic and inappropriate nature of the images posted.

Thank you,

Adrienne Bentley, CEO.

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!