The Sixth Annual CBAR Purrfect Gala!

The purrfect gala

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!

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

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

Garage Sale Flyer

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.