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!

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!

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!

Crazy Cat Lady Garage Sale

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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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Cats and Ladies = Art and Charity

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A group of local women artists, who also happen to be friends of Cat Busters, are putting on an exhibit called Meow Wow running from Aug 6 to Aug 31 at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse.  The exhibit’s opening reception will be on Aug 6 from 7:00 to 11:00pm.  This Cat & Lady Art Show explores the complex and varied associations between cats and women.  From the event programme:

There is no denying that cat culture is incredibly popular. Cats have held a captive audience in works of art, literature, in the home and today on the internet featuring prominently in many internet memes. While these depictions have been both positive and negative, one cannot deny the staying power of the imagery associated with cats, particularly their relationship with women. Witches familiars, ancient fertility goddesses, crazy cat ladies, Japanese cat girls and sexy leather clad feline villain women all show different sides of the ongoing relationship between cats and women in a cultural sense. Why are people drawn to cats this way?

These talented women are also generous: 10% of all art sales will be donated to Cat Busters!  Find a work of art to adorn your walls, support local artists and help an animal rescue, all at the same time!

All Paws on Deck for Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW)!

AdoptionDay_PAW_20140705Our good friends at Pet Valu are gearing up for another Pet Appreciation Weekend. Four Pet Valu locations — The Beach, Laird, Jones & Danforth and Cabbagetown — will be hosting Cat Busters and many of our wonderful, adoptable rescues this Saturday. 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 organizations like Cat Busters!  The same campaign in April raised over $1 million nation-wide.  Please click on the flyer for further details.