Whisker Wednesday

This is Fi, she puts the “Whisker” in Whisker Wednesday

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She loves her Fleece blanket

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…and is Fond of Fuchsia colored Feathered toys

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Friendly and sweet Fi is looking for her Forever home. You can Find her up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services ID 697332

Whisker Wednesday has been brought to you by the letter F 🐱

Feline Friday Volunteer Edition

These last couple of weeks while volunteering at the animal shelter I met a few cats that were exceptional superstars, having been rescued from hoarders or unsafe conditions.  Other than initial shyness or a distinguishing physical characteristic, upon meeting these gentle and affectionate cats one would never know they had come from less than ideal situations.

Sinatra and Ferdinand

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Sinatra had an ear hematoma but is all healed up now and looking as handsome as ever!

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This newly arrived trio of cats are beyond sweet and ready for cuddles and cat piles.

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Sinatra and Ferdinand both have found homes but the trio of orange and black cats are newly available and will be up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South Shelter this week.

Whisker Wednesday

“Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties”  – W. L. George

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Calvin was adopted tonight, right after I took these photos 🐱

Wordless Wednesday Volunteer Edition

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Hermione ID#A632219

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Dolly ID #A690664

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Jerome ID #A693250

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Helen ID# A689040

All cats are available for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South region. For more adoptable cats be sure to follow me on Instagram

10 Years Hundreds Of Cats

October 2014 marks a milestone, my 10th year volunteering as a cat cuddler with      Toronto Animal Services.

In that time I have socialized and cuddled hundreds and hundreds of cats. The most rewarding part of the job is knowing that I had a small role in helping them on their journey to find their forever homes.

Over the years I have taken many pictures of the cats at the shelter and thought I would share a few of my favorites here.

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I will say it has been an amazing learning experience and one that has taught me much, including the most important lesson – I cannot possibly adopt every cat I fall in love with.

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Of course Spinner has been the one exception…so far.

If you want to do more to help look into volunteering in your city as animal shelters and local rescue groups are always in need of dedicated people. Fostering is another great option, you can choose to look after a new mom and her kittens or help an older or special needs cat… and if you fall in love with one of the cats, you can always  – adopt. 🐱

Volunteer Wednesday

This weeks visit to the animal shelter included spending time with some felines that had been rescued from a hoarding situation. Thankfully the majority of the cats had been in relatively decent shape, although some had tested positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV for short. In a hoarding situation the virus had ample opportunity to spread.

Feline leukemia virus adversely affects the cat’s body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, it may cause various blood disorders, and it may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections…secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FeLV.” – Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine

Handsome Bronx, the eyes have it ID# 683297

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While some of the cats in the group tested positive for the virus, Bronx, Marvin and Starbuck all tested negative the first time around and will be tested again in a few weeks to ensure they are virus free. If it turns out they do have FeLV, they still have a chance at a good life and can live for years. The new family will have to educate themselves on the condition and do things like ensuring the cats  “have a stress free environment away from other ill pets, are kept indoors to avoid exposing other cats to FeLV and receive appropriate veterinary care.” – Pet Education.com

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Bronx, Marvin and Starbuck will make great companions and be content living out their lives in a loving home. If you live in Toronto and are interested in adopting one of these special cats, you can visit them at Toronto Animal Services South Region located on the CNE grounds. 🐱

Wordless Wednesday A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Meows

I really look forward to going back to volunteering at the animal shelter when I have been away from it for a while. Today’s visit spanned generations from kittens to an awesome older kitty. Wordless Wednesday…because really, a picture is worth a thousand meows.

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Sleek Beauty Mystique ID A683140

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Nemo the vocal, sweet Siamese ID A685394

For more shelter pics be sure to check out my Cat-stagram 

All these wonderful cats and more are available for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South Region located at the Canadian National Exhibition Place. Animals can also be viewed on-line. 🐱