Calling All Cat-Loving Shutterbugs

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pexels-photo-photographerDo 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.

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Pawsome Adoption Day!

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!).

Happy

Happy

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.

Mr Tripod

Mr Tripod

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?

About Adoption Day

We at Cat Busters Animal Rescue (CBAR) would like to take a moment to address a matter of concern that came to light today at our Adoption Day event.  

Regrettably, a couple of rescues brought to the event were not in the best of health — they will be okay, but right now have common upper respiratory issues that result in snot, sneezes and sniffles.  Of special concern was one cat who was terrified to be at the venue, which combined with her respiratory infection, ended up panting in fear.

This is not in keeping with CBAR’s standards.  We put the health and welfare of our rescues first and foremost.  The frightened cat was subsequently withdrawn from the event for veterinary care.  Appropriate arrangements are also being made for the other two cats with the sniffles.  

The practical reality is that potential adoptive homes like to meet our rescues in person and for the most part, these adoption events are effective at finding forever homes.  However, we have to balance that against the well-being of the cat we’re trying to find a home for. We are now reassessing our criteria for adoption events, to ensure that only healthy rescues are put up for adoption and to make the experience as comfortable as possible for the cats carefully chosen to go to the event venues.  We will also be working more closely with our network of foster homes to monitor alignment with our standards of practice.

We appreciate the feedback received today and strive to make our future events positive and beneficial for all.  

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Adoption Day This Saturday!

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Our foster feline Frank is giving us some serious side-eye for this last-minute announcement of our next Adoption Day… tomorrow! Help us turn his frown upside down by coming out to our little event!

We will be at the Jones & Danforth location of Pet Valu (869 Danforth Avenue) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Meet and play with the cats who are in need of a loving home, or talk to our volunteers about the work we do. Even if you can’t attend, please show your support by helping us spread the word!

Life and Love with FIV

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Frank, not a fan of eye meds or photo ops

A week ago, we told you about the plight of Frank, the pet who was abandoned by his owner in the frigid cold of winter.  His predicament was all the more unfortunate when he was found to be FIV positive.

That said, a diagnosis of FIV is hardly the end of the world for any cat.  There is a lot of prejudice and misinformation out there that unfairly limits the options available to FIV cats.  For Frank’s sake and for others like him, we’d like to take a moment to sort out the facts.

What is FIV?

FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, compromises a cat’s immune system and makes him/her susceptible to illness and infection.  It’s colloquially referred to as “cat HIV” given that the two viruses are related, but this loaded choice of words causes unnecessary alarm.

Facts and Myths About FIV

  • FIV cannot be transmitted to humans, just as HIV cannot be transmitted to a cat.
  • FIV positive cats can live perfectly normal lives for many, long years.
  • Studies have shown that the risk of FIV transmission between cats is very low.  In fact, FIV positive and negative cats can happily live out their lives together without ever seeing the virus spread.  One of the most famous examples of this are the Internet celebrities Cole & Marmalade.  Many Cat Busters rescues have demonstrated this time and time again and we have known vets who themselves own both FIV positive and negative cats.
  • FIV cannot be transmitted through casual contact, such as shared litterboxes, food bowls, or bedding, as the virus cannot survive long outside of the cat’s body and is easily destroyed by drying, light, heat and basic detergents.  It is not spread through grooming, snuggling, mating or even mild scuffles between cats.  Kittens rarely acquire the condition from an FIV positive mother.
  • The primary and most likely method of transmission is through a deep bite wound that breaks skin, accompanied by bleeding gums.  We’re talking serious battle scars here… your typical slap-fight between cohabiting kitties won’t do it.

Adopt a FIV Cat

Sadly, the stigma of FIV keeps many wonderful cats from being adopted.  Some shelters and owners resort to euthanizing cats after a FIV diagnosis — this is an extreme and utterly unnecessary measure.

Chin

Frank approves of chin scratches

Frank is a sweetheart and a good boy.  He loves hugs, tummy rubs and chin scritches.  He dutifully uses his litterbox to do his business.  He’s not a fan of the eye ointment he has to take for a few more days, but doesn’t make a fuss.  Even going to the vet isn’t a big deal.  After just one day, Frank quickly figured out that he needs to stand back a minute while his foster mom sweeps around the litterbox; he knows that cuddles can wait until after that little chore is done.  He plays with his growing collection of toys and goes nuts for catnip.  Even though the owner who discarded him complained that he meowed too much at night, he has been quiet at bedtime.

Sounds like a perfectly normal cat, doesn’t he?  That’s because he is.  Frank deserves a forever home, just like all our rescues.

The current foster home is a temporary arrangement: unfortunately, one of the resident cats is immensely aggravated by Frank’s arrival so the foster mom has to keep them in separate parts of the house where they can’t see or smell each other.  This is not an ideal arrangement, but everyone is making do for now.

If you would like to foster Frank long term, or better yet, adopt him, please contact us through our contact form on this website or message us via Facebook.