- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On February 24, 2016
- 1 Comments
- cats, dog-walking, dogs, homeless cats, street cats, TNR, Toronto, Toronto Cat Rescue, Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, Toronto Humane Society
First of all, you have to be a “cat person” to care
“Are you a dog person or a cat person?” Why choose? For instance, we may run a dog-walking company, but we love cats too.
Toronto doesn’t have a feral or street cat problem
Toronto is a city that loves cats, at home, on lawns, and in and around its many alleyways. The trouble is there more than 20,000 cats in Toronto (some say up to 100,000) without homes, and we owe it to them to try to keep them safe.
Street cats can fend on their own
Not so much. Many Torontonians commit time and energy outside in all weather to bring them food, water, and shelter that would otherwise be very difficult to find. And there is a great Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program that helps reduce the number of kittens that are brought into the world.
Humans brought domesticated cats into our cities, and we must help them survive while they are here.
You have to be an animal expert to help homeless cats
I took my buddy Ester with me to help build shelters for homeless cats last year.
Ester and me celebrating her Grade 8 graduation
We didn’t know what to expect when we walked in, but we had so much fun helping out in a hands-on way. Everyone was so friendly and happy to be working on the project together.
We went in a little nervous, and came out feeling like we made a real difference for those cats that would keep warm in the 10 or so shelters we made (that are then sold to volunteers around the city).
There are a number of cat welfare organizations you can contact if you are interested in helping out, such as Toronto Cat Rescue, Toronto Humane Society, and the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition – and remember it’s possible to be both a dog person and cat person!
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