Comedy for Cats: The 8th Annual Purrfect Gala

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As we all know, cats rule the InternetNyan Cat, Keyboard CatI Can Has Cheezburger?, Maru, Business Cat, and of course Grumpy Cat are among the countless feline contributions to comedy.  So it seems fitting for comedy to give back to the furballs who need the most help: Cat Busters’ rescues.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 9:00pm, Cat Busters Animal Rescue will be hosting its 8th Annual Purrfect Gala at Statlers Lounge (487 Church Street).  This year’s spectacular entertainment lineup showcases a group of young, talented comedians who have performed stand-up and improv shows across Canada.  They will keep the laughs coming while we also run our silent auction (with an array of exciting items to bid on) and the donation drive.  All proceeds go toward essential rescue and vetting costs.

There is effectively one person we all have to thank for making this night of comedy possible: our friend and volunteer, Colleen Sibeon.  A comedian herself, she will be performing onstage while also introducing the audience to her fellow performers.  We talked to Colleen about the gala and what it took behind-the-scenes to pull this extraordinary event together.

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How did you first hear about Cat Busters Animal Rescue?

Through Adrienne Bentley [Cat Busters’ CEO].  We live in the same building and have become friends over encounters on puppy bathroom breaks and bus rides.  I told her I am a standup, she told me about this event and the rest, as they say, is guacamole… wait, that’s not quite right…

You helped put together the roster of entertainers for the gala.  Tell us about some of this year’s performers.  What can we expect to see?

Well, you’ll see funny folks with big ol’ hearts saying funny things!  I met these talented bunch of comics through Chantel Marostica (one of the funniest people alive) and am very excited to be performing with them.  It will be a taste of an upcoming show we’re all performing at called Queer and Present Danger.  And Chantel Marostica???  What can’t I say about this incredible comic/human?  They are a champion for LGBTQ comics creating shows like QAPD and Church Street Comedy.  They have performed all over the country and we are VERY lucky to have them.  I can’t not laugh when Chantel is on stage!  Seriously.  I’ve tried.  And failed.  Many times.

I am so thrilled to be able to do what I love to help a wonderful cause that I believe in so much, as a lifelong animal lover and pet owner.  Opportunities like this don’t come along often and I’m so grateful to Cat Busters for having me.

Everyone donates their time and resources to make the gala a reality each year.  Why do you suppose these talented people agree to help Cat Busters?  How do you pitch the gala to them?

They are just lovely, kind people.  Period.  There wasn’t much of a “pitch” LOL.  I simply asked who wanted to use their talent to support this great cause and they offered… because they rock!  Easy peasy.

The gala is chock full of fun and entertainment.  What are you most looking forward to on Sunday night?

CHANTEL!  I can’t get enough!  Oh and I’m looking forward to seeing Adrienne.  We’ve been buds for a while now and I’m curious to see what silliness she’ll bring to the stage.

Comedy seems an apt entertainment choice for a Cat Busters gala given that cat people are a quirky, hilarious bunch.  Got any recent cat lady jokes or cat memes you’d like to share?

This is a personal fave:

Hard for us to believe, but this is our 8th annual fundraising gala.  If you could book anything or anyone for the 10th gala, what/who might it be?

Tom Jones.  I just want him to sing “What’s New Pussycat” all night.  Hilarious.

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Mischief Managed

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You know how some cats just defy getting caught on camera, like Bigfoot? You try to take a nice photo for Instagram but they’re all fuzzy blurs of fur?

Mischief, a little gray tabby who will be the star of our Adoption Day this Saturday, Sept 16, is seriously cute but we can’t even show you because she is true to her name and won’t sit still for a photo op!

Mischief is the only healthy kitten from a litter of five born in late June.  Her mother, Jade, and five other strays were rescued from the Cabbagetown area earlier that month.  On Facebook, you may have seen photos of Jade (the likely mother of six kittens Cat Busters took in last summer), Pearl (believed to be Jade’s daughter), Polly (the mother of four kittens, now being nursed by Jade), Frick and Frack (who has happily been adopted already).  We are still trying to bring in two adult males from the same site.

From the time she was able to play, Mischief has been… well… mischievous.  At five weeks old, she was already climbing on furniture.  She even tried to carry a big yogurt container (empty though!) by mouth, the feline equivalent of a baby trying to drag a bucket!  Come see this bundle of energy and joy for yourself!

Cat Busters Animal Rescue – Adoption Day
Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:00am to 2:00pm
Pet Valu – Cabbagetown
240 Carlton Street, M5A 2L1

 

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

facebook-cover-2017We always say that every dollar raised can make a difference in our rescues’ lives.  But sometimes $1 can raise $10,000!

June signals the start of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, when every dollar you donate through canadahelps.org or givingchallenge.ca becomes an automatic entry for your favourite charity to win $10,000.  The more you give, the more chances the charity will win.

Cat Busters is one of the registered charities you will find there.  We’ve always been transparent about where our funds go and more often than not, our volunteers have paid for essentials like vet bills and medications themselves.  Every last penny goes toward the care of the animals we take in.  Your donations have made it possible for us to save hundreds of animals over the years.

If you support our mission and would like us to keep going, please consider adding us to your list of favourite charities at canadahelps.org and pledge those magical dollars that might one day turn into a whole lot more!

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.

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!

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 www.nohotpets.ca

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