Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Canadian Shaves Her Head For Thai Dogs!



    Candace heads up the Canadian Soi Dog Support Group . The event was held on Saturday November 10th at 11am & was covered by local newspapers & media in British Columbia. Candace is one brave lady especially considering it's now winter in Canada & she will now need to spend the cooler months wearing wooly hats. Candace raised $1600 & we are absolutely amazed by her courage & determination. Candace’s adopted Soi Dog, Gracie (formerly Ziti), was of course on site for the event. Many dogs have been adopted to Canada and Candace hopes to raise the number in 2013.


     Through public fundraisers such as this, Candace is working hard to ensure the entire town she lives in is familiar with Soi Dog and our efforts to stop the dog meat trade.  Awareness and participation is growing fast in Canada and Candace encourages Canadians to join her contact list of supporters. Please email Candace if you’d like to join the Soi Dog Canadian Support Group Her email is: coastcandace@hotmail.com


     A lot more ideas are on her slate for the new year, including more fundraisers, advertising campaigns, working towards registering Soi Dog as a charity in Canada, dog of the week promotions, publicizing donations wish-list and veterinary volunteer email campaigns, and recruiting volunteers to start chapters in different cities. Candace is also looking forward to helping with some orders & baking for Give A Dog A Bone Canada. 


     
Candace will be holding another fundraiser on Dec 16 which will be a “Santa Paws” (Pet photo session with Santa), in co-ordination with Robin Andexser of Best Paws Forward Canine Training School. 



Our Canadian Support Group is growing rapidly. If you live in Canada & would like to get involved, Candace & her team would be delighted to hear from you. You can also join the Canadian Soi Dog Adopters Group on facebook.


xoxoxox
Nicole

Thursday, November 15, 2012

40 Wild Dogs Burned Alive

The slaying of more than 40 wild dogs in the Loliondo Game Controlled Area, on the eastern border of Serengeti National Park, is currently under investigation by Ngorongoro district authorities.  According to reports, people living in the area are alleged to have carried out the killing in reaction to the loss of livestock to the animals. Villagers complained to journalists that 157 of their goats and four of their cows had fallen prey to wild dogs. The dogs were apparently burned alive in the caves in which they reside, near the villages of Kertalo and Orkiu, when the perpetrators lit fires in the caves and blocked the entrances with rocks, trapping the animals inside.

For more information, please visit the amazing organization "Friends of Serengeti", who have devoted their time and energy to preserving one of earths most amazing ecosystems!

Sincerely,
Nicole


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out On Wildlife Trafficking

     U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, recently spoke out about the threat from wildlife trafficking, describing it as a global issue requiring a concerted global response.

     “Wildlife trafficking has serious implications for the security and prosperity of people around the world,” she recently told a packed meeting at the U.S. Department of State. “We need to address wildlife trafficking with partnerships as robust as the criminal networks we seek to dismantle. We need governments, civil society, businesses, scientists and activists to educate people about wildlife trafficking.”


     The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has long been involved with the wildlife trafficking issues.  Following the Secretary of State’s address, Crawford Allan, North America Director for TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network, a partner of IUCN - spoke of his work with TRAFFIC over the past 20 years tackling the global illegal trade in wildlife.  He spoke of the alarming recent rise in rhino and elephant poaching to record levels in Africa, mainly to meet demand for horn and ivory in Asia.

     “The unprecedented surge in wildlife crime reflects a fundamental shift in the structure and operation of the illegal wildlife trade over the past decade,” said Allan.  “Wildlife crime is seen as relatively ‘easy money’, providing high returns for relatively little risk, so it is little surprise organized criminal networks are becoming increasingly involved.” 


         Lek & Hillary

     “NGOs, such as TRAFFIC, WWF and WildAid can’t tackle such threats alone; we need governments to get involved.”  “In this regard, TRAFFIC warmly welcomes today’s strong commitment shown by Secretary of State Clinton, clearly placing the US Government at the forefront of global efforts to deal with the growing menace from organized wildlife crime.”


     Already standing by its commitments, the US Government also announced a major grant through USAID to support a Wildlife Trafficking Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (W-TRAPS) programme, an international, multi-stakeholder effort led by IUCN and TRAFFIC to inform, facilitate and support efforts to reduce transregional wildlife trafficking.  IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges

A huge thank you to Living Green Magazine for the article!  Please visit them here daily: CLICK HERE

xoxox
nicole



Monday, November 12, 2012

Volkswagen Finally Jumps On The Hybrid Bandwagon!

Volkswagen is finally in competition with so many other leading car companies when it comes to hybrid vehicles   Claiming to drive like a turbo and save like a hybrid, Volkswagen's first car in this class is very very sleek and has me checking out it's features!  My favourite part is the onscreen display of the hybrid system which will allow drivers to see exactly how your car is maximizing its energy usage, driving range and battery percentage.  With my 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid's lease coming to an end in 2014, I might have a few extra cars to test drive!  Fingers crossed the Volkswagen Beetle will be next in their Hybrid lineup!!




xoxoxox
Nicole

Friday, November 9, 2012

Love Has No Borders!

 Kathleen and I met just this week and became instant friends.  Through our connection and commitment to Toronto Cat Rescue, we began talking about our love for animals and how we would do anything to save them all!  She told me this incredible story that only happened last week so I asked her if she would like to share it with my dedicated followers.  Of course she was so excited to tell the tale of a cold, hungry and abandoned kitten that her husband came across at the beginning of November.  Enjoy!!!

       Last weekend while visiting Michigan for a football game my husband Steve noticed a small tabby cat hanging around his motel door. Never one to pass up a cat cuddle, he soon discovered that this cat was friendly and quite hungry so he shared what food he had with her (a muffin). Steve is a big-time animal lover, so much so that he often captures bugs (not animals but creatures nonetheless) that have gotten into our home and releases them outside.

       He was traveling with three other guys, all of whom needed to be back home by Sunday afternoon and so he had to leave her behind. There are strict rules against taking pets over the border and he would have had to get her vaccinated and be able to show the records to border patrol. It was Sunday; it just wasn’t going to happen.  As any animal lover can tell you it is not easy to forget an animal in need once you’ve looked into their eyes and Steve could not stop thinking of her when he got home.

       Once I heard the story I started looking up Michigan based cat rescues. I called the Red Roof Inn that the guys stayed at and was able to connect with an employee there that new of the cat and had been feeding her too.  Understandably all the rescues are at capacity but also cash-strapped. Mid-Michigan cat rescue agreed to go out and find this little girl if I would make a donation towards her rescue. Naturally I sent the money right away. That’s how Steve, whose birthday was just days earlier on Halloween, got a belated birthday present of a rescued cat…in another country!

How amazing is that story!?!?  I just love meeting new people and realizing that I am not the only one who goes above and beyond for our crazy little furr-babies.  Thank Kathleen and Steve for being so selfless and spreading the word about animal welfare!

xoxox
Nicole

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Turtle Killers Caught and Awaiting Trial!


In August, two local construction workers killed an Olive Ridley sea turtle near the Parque Hawaii. The female turtle had arrived on shore to lay her eggs and the young men, frustrated that she did not lay her eggs, used a broken bottle to kill her and extract her eggs.

Together with furious local residents, ARCAS staff detained the men and called the police. The detainees are currently in jail awaiting trial. The 116 extracted eggs were buried in the Hawaii Hatchery and successfully hatched in late September.

*The Bloody Eggs*

Egg Ban In Guatemala!!



The National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) issued a ban on sea turtle egg collection between October 15, 2012 and October 15, 2017 of the species Leatherback (
Dermochelys coriacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Green (Chelonia mydas), Black (Chelonia mydas agassizzii), and Loggerhead (Caretta caretta). Stating that the exploitation of eggs of these species is a threat to their survival and that this has caused "a marked decrease in their populations," it announced it is taking "necessary and urgent" measures for their protection and conservation. The ban authorizes the collection of olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtle eggs during the same five years, but only if collectors give 20 percent of the eggs collected to a registered hatchery. ARCAS has been working with CONAP and the USAID/MAREA project to strengthen sea turtle conservation efforts in Guatemala. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make-It Yourself Cat Shelter!

            Winter time is fast approaching for many of us and while the cold weather can be frustrating for humans it can also be deadly for our wildlife and companion animals.  Throughout the summer months feral cats are able to scavenge for food and small wildlife such as mice and small birds, however, once the snow begins to fall and the temperatures plummet, like can be much more difficult for our four legged friends.  


            Why not consider putting one of these easy to make cat/small animal shelters in your backyard or alley.  It will provide a great resource for the cats to keep warm and stay out of the cold elements during Fall and Winter!  The animals will definitely thank you for it!  :D

xoxox
nicole

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Moviegoers Help The Chimps!

Yet again, enthusiastic animal-loving conservationists showed up in high volumes for the first two weeks of Disney's Chimpanzee realize back in April.  Now that all the ticket sales have been counted, Disney and the Jane Goodall Institute have confirmed that close to 130,000 acres of prime habitat have been secured for the chimpanzees in Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Congo!!  


DisneyNature made the donation to JGI through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and not only will the donation secure space for the critically endangered chimpanzees but it will also go towards educating over 60,000 children in the Congo in regards to primate importance and then extended to their parents and neighbours ultimately reaching half of the Congo's population!!! WOWOWOW



The program will also provide food and medicine for nearly all the chimp orphans at Tchimpounga Sanctuary for the next year!  This is just such incredible news not only for the Jane Goodall Institute and Chimpanzees but also for wildlife around the world.  




We have come to a critical point in our planets history and with the world economies collapsing one by one, it is great to see an amazing organization such as Disney step up and give back to the planet and the wildlife that is suffering because of humans. 


So far no word on next years DisneyNature film but I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will have something to do with turtles!!!  Goodness knows they need our help too!!!


DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF "CHIMPANZEE" WHEN IT HITS STORES ON AUGUST 21st!! DISNEYNATURE WILL MAKE A DONATION TO THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE ON THAT DAY!


xoxoxox
N 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bowl-A-Thon = Purrfect Success!


*Ready To Bowl!*


Toronto Cat Rescue’s 8th annual Bowl-a-thon was a great success! With the help of bowlers, pledgers and sponsors we raised $15,000 for the homesless cats and kittens of the Greater Toronto Area!
*Even the kids turned out for a purr-fect afternoon of fun!*


Over 140 bowlers came out for cats on Saturday May 26th. We would like to thank everyone involved as well as all of the TCR volunteers that gave up there time to help. Also, many thanks to Doug Hemmy who took photographs of the event. All of the photos can be seen
There were prizes for the top 12 highest pledge raisers with Nalini R. winning first place by raising $1,950!



*Volunteers and I helped hand out vegetarian & vegan pizza for all the participants!*

TCR want to thank everyone that donated prizes for the Bowl-a-thon including:

• Arbonne Independent Consultant Sarah Dineen.  www.arbonne.ca . sarahdineen@hotmail.com
• Rainbow Cinemas. www.rainbowcinemas.ca
• Lucky Strike Bowling. www.bowlluckystrike.com
• Corso Shoes
• Sue Namedof 
• Connie and Dieter Manero 
• Liz Cabral
• and Sue Gambacorta who handcrafts Swarovski Crystal jewellery with profits going to TCR. You can see her jewellery here:  



The 9th annual Toronto Cat Rescue Bowl-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday May 25th 2013 so keep bowling and start you pledges early this year!!


xoxox
Nicole

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This Should Be Posted In Every Classroom & Office!


My friend and co-worker, who is an English high school teacher, shared this very informative chart with me this afternoon.  It is a great way to show everyone, kids and adults alike, how long it actually takes for different items to break down!! Can you imagine 550 years for a disposable diaper and 600 years for a fishing line!!!  This is so scary and in my opinion it is something EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE!!! Print this chart out now and post it in your office, classroom, local store and even your refrigerator just to get the message out and get people thinking long-term instead of always in the moment!! 

-Nicole

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A True Rescue Story!!



Surfeara is a beautiful little white cat who had a rough life before being rescued by my friend and co-worker Sherry! Surfeara was abandoned and neglected within her own home. Locked in the basement by herself, she was left by her family day in and day out. A few of our volunteers found out the kind of miserable life this poor cat was living and offered to take her from the family. It was good timing as the family was planning on taking a vacation and leaving her alone without anyone to care for her. When she was rescued, she went straight to the vet to be spayed and it was discovered she had an infection!! 




She is lucky she was rescued as this infection surely would have gone untreated. Now safe in a TCR foster home, she has taken some time to understand that her foster family is loving and caring. She now comes out of hiding regularly and has started to trust her caregivers. She comes when she is called and is loving and affectionate. She is just learning how to play again. Surfeara is a true rescue story. Without the help of some caring volunteers, she would still be stuck in a basement with no one caring for her. She would do well in a home with patient adults. Surfeara is a lovely little girl who is   ready for her second chance.


Please contact http://www.torontocatrescue.ca for more information!!


xoxox
Nicole

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Saving Manatee's Abroad!


           It’s another day in paradise. Paradise Island in the Bahamas that is. With the support of Save the Manatee Club (SMC), a female manatee, Rita, and her calf, Georgie, were released back into the wildon April 19, 2012, after spending several months at Dolphin Cay-Atlantis on Paradise Island.
Rita, a female manatee, and her newborn calf, Georgie.
Rita gave birth to Georgie, a female, in June 2010. 
Rita’s story in the Bahamas began in November 2009, when she was first spotted in the Spanish Wells Harbor in North Eleuthera. A photograph of the distinctive scar pattern on her back was given to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project (USGS). Researchers there identified her as Rita, a manatee who had been sighted in south Florida since February 1988. Based on previous sightings between 1988 and 2008, Rita had given birth to at least seven calves. Once Rita was sighted in the Bahamas in November 2009, marine mammal care staff from Dolphin Cay-Atlantis conducted a health assessment and determined that Rita was pregnant yet again. Rita gave birth to a female calf named Georgie in June 2010, and she and Georgie remained in the area around Spanish Wells Harbor until Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011.

          Once it was clear the the manatees were healthy, plans to return them to the wild at a safer location were initiated. Several organizations were involved in this process, including the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO), the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources (BDMR), Dolphin Cay-Atlantis, the USGS Sirenia Project, and Save the Manatee Club. It was decided that the best place to release Rita and Georgie was in Great Harbor Cay in the Berry Islands, where a group of manatees already resided. Both Rita and Georgie were fitted with GPS tracking devices before being released so that researchers can follow their movements and relocate them if they venture into unsafe habitat.


Rita and Georgie are released at Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, where several manatees are known to reside


               Historically, manatee sightings in the Bahamas have been few and far between, and it was thought that the lack of freshwater sources has limited manatee population growth in the area. However, in the past few decades, the number of manatees reported in the Bahamas has been increasing. For this reason, the BMMRO began conducting research on the manatees in Great Harbour Cay 13 years ago. By attaching tracking equipment to Rita and Georgie, researchers will be able to study the habitats used by manatees in the Bahamas and will gain insights into where manatees find food and fresh water. By following the movements of these two manatees, field researchers should also have opportunities to photograph and identify other manatees in the Bahamas population and determine their gender and reproductive status. The information gained through these studies will help researchers better determine how to manage the manatee population in the Bahamas. 

             In addition to research efforts, the BMMRO also works to educate the local community about manatees through school presentations and reaching out to the boating community. They will be releasing a short five-minute educational video about manatees in the Bahamas later this year. 


            There are several organizations that contributed to this successful release and monitoring project. The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources, Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization, Dolphin-Cay Atlantis, and USGS Sirena Project were all heavily involved in the capture, care, and release of Rita and Georgie. To assist in the release and monitoring of Rita and Georgie, Save the Manatee Club provided substantial financial support to BMMRO and the USGS to help cover the cost of the transport vessel, monitoring vessel and fuel, a GoPro camera, an adult and calf belt/tether for the radio tag, GPS tag batteries, and software. In addition, we contributed educational materials to help BMMRO with their outreach efforts. This included several of our new manatee awareness dock signs. A big thank you to our Save the Manatee Club members, who made this contribution possible!



By Courtney Edwards
Staff Biologist, Save the Manatee Club

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How Cute Is This!?!?!


I wonder if singer Carly Rae Jepsen knew she would have an impact on homeless animals!?!?


xxooxo
Nicole

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Finally Some Good News From Indonesia!




The Indonesian government said on Monday it would protect a strip of peatland in Aceh province at the center of an international storm over palm oil development, in a case that had become a test of the country's commitment to halt deforestation. Indonesia imposed a two-year moratorium on clearing forest last May under a $1 billion climate deal with Norway aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation, but the former governor of the country's westernmost Aceh province breached the ban by issuing a permit to a palm oil firm to develop the peatland.

This prompted legal action from environmental groups and probes by the police and several government bodies.



The resulting preliminary investigation showed that the permit was issued to palm oil firm Kallista Alam without following proper procedures, a government official said.

The forest, home to endangered orangutans, was partly cleared by burning, even before the permit was issued, said Mas Achmad Santosa, an official at the presidency.

"The case of Kallista Alam in Aceh is the typical problem we are facing ... some parts have been turned to palm oil plantations, some have been burned, and it turned out the permit does not exist," said Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who is in charge of overseeing forestry sector reform. 

                                        

He said the peatland would again be listed as a protected area.  Former Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf issued the permit to open 1,605 hectares of land for palm oil in the Tripa peatland area in August last year.

Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil exporter and has seen rapid growth in production of the edible oil, used to make cooking oil and biscuits, in recent years. The Indonesian government said on Monday it would protect a strip of peatland in Aceh province at the center of an international storm over palm oil development, in a case that had become a test of the country's commitment to halt deforestation.

Indonesia imposed a two-year moratorium on clearing forest last May under a $1 billion climate deal with Norway aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation, but the former governor of the country's westernmost Aceh province breached the ban by issuing a permit to a palm oil firm to develop the peatland. This prompted legal action from environmental groups and probes by the police and several government bodies.
                                                 


The resulting preliminary investigation showed that the permit was issued to palm oil firm Kallista Alam without following proper procedures, a government official said. The forest, home to endangered orangutans, was partly cleared by burning, even before the permit was issued, said Mas Achmad Santosa, an official at the presidency.

"The case of Kallista Alam in Aceh is the typical problem we are facing ... some parts have been turned to palm oil plantations, some have been burned, and it turned out the permit does not exist," said Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who is in charge of overseeing forestry sector reform. He said the peatland would again be listed as a protected area.

Former Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf issued the permit to open 1,605 hectares of land for palm oil in the Tripa peatland area in August last year. Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil exporter and has seen rapid growth in production of the edible oil, used to make cooking oil and biscuits, in recent years. 

xoxox
Nicole

C/O Reuters

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Where Are All The Whale Sharks???



*Shelley and I Scuba Diving Utila!*


*Snorkeling With Spinner Dolphins*

A few weeks ago I returned from a fun-filled trip full of diving, volunteering and EATING Lionfish!! My main reason for diving Utila was to swim and snorkel with whale sharks in the wild. Utila, Honduras is considered the "Whale Shark Capital of the Carribean" and I did not want to be disappointed! After a failed attempt at seeing whale sharks up close last year in Placenica, Belize, I thought for sure my week would be filled with lots of bubbles and spawning tuna. Unfortunately, the boat captains and divers of Utila have not seen any whale sharks since mid January and my week was also whale shark free. Many locals and expats explained to me that the weather has really changed over the last few years due to global warming and the effects are already being seen. The warmer water is messing up the spawning seasons of the tuna & groupers therefore the whale sharks are going elsewhere looking for food. :( Yet another reason we MUST act now to combat our ever changing climate!

My week long trip however did not go in vain. I had the pleasure of diving with some awesome intructors (Chris & Brett from the Utila Dive Centre) as well as volunteer at a local spay & neuter clinic that takes place twice a month for the local villagers pets!

*Delivering Donations to Pilar & Volunteer Monica*

Sherry "Pilar" Thorn, found of Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras, also made the trek from the Hondruan capital of Tegucigalpa to meet me on the tiny island where I delivered toys, blankets, medications, vet supplies and treats for all the stray dogs and cats she takes in to her shelter. Sherry, a retired University professor, has dedicated her life to helping street dogs and cats find a safe haven, food and necessary vet treatment when needed. She has saved countless lives and the locals know her as the go to woman for help when it comes to four-legged creatures (and birds.....snakes....pretty much anything that has a heartbeat!). Sherry invited my travel buddy Shelley and I to attend a local spay & neuter clinic that is run by two American expat vets who live in Utila. I had such a wonderful time seeing these volunteers dedicate their time, money and expertise to help control the unwanted stray population on the island of Utila!


*Helping A Local Dog Get Neutered*


*Brothers Now Neutered!!*

*Shelley and I With The Incredible Volunteers!*

Shelley and I also visited the "Iguana Station", only minutes from our hotel at the Mango Inn, to tour the sanctuary and view the hatcheries where they breed the endangered spiny tailed "swamper" iguana. The project accepts volunteers from around the world and educates the public and tourists about reptiles and animals native to Utila and the Honduran mainland. I would definitely recommend visiting the "Iguana Station" to any tourist to the island as they rely solely on the $3 admission fee and donations to keep the station running!


*A Male "Swamper"*


*Sherry Removing Ticks From A Rescued Boa*

Another highlight for me while visiting Utila was being able to eat the invasive and reef damaging LIONFISH!!!! Every Thursday night, the Utila Dive Centre hosts a BBQ for its employee's and divers and features chicken and lionfish on its menu! The lionfish is caught and prepared by master tec-diver Mary who is an instructor at IDC. She is just as passionate as myself when it comes to reef conservation and hunting the invasive lionfish. Its not everyday you have the opportunity to try them so Shelley and I jumped at the chance and absolutely loved the dinner!! The lionfish was all white meat and tasted so fresh - wasn't overwhelming at all! I really hope more restaurants around the Caribbean will jump on the band wagon and start serving this as a main course or even over pizza!

*Chicken and Lionfish On The Barbie!*

*Mmmmmm Yummy Lionfish!!!*

*Lionfish Hunter Mary and I*

It's time for bed...........I have to get up early for the Green Living Show tomorrow!!!!

Sincerely,
Nicole

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Straight From The Fosters Mouth!


I rescued a little orange tabby from my local high-kill shelter because he was going to be euthanized for two reasons:

1. There was not enough room in the shelter to keep sick & nervous animals
2. The staff there thought he was too hard to give the kitten the necessary meds to help him

I was told by my friend, and Toronto Cat Rescue foster mom Shelley, to get to the shelter ASAP and rescue the kitten for her! I headed out the very next day to save this precious little man who was so so scared. Apparantly he was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had "too many cats in the house". SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS PEOPLE!!

On my way from the shelter to the vet clinic, the little tabby hid at the very back of the crate and looked at me with the most pitiful and soulful eyes. From that moment, I named him "Antonio" because he looked just like Antonio Banderas' character from "Puss and Boots".

Antonio got a clean bill of health and within 24 hours I received this message from his foster mom Shelley":

At first it was forced cuddling until he started to purr last night. Then it was more forced cuddling, but he was more willing. Then, I carried him downstairs, sat in a comfy chair and held him, rubbing his neck and face. Purring started, his body relaxed and then I realized that his tail was out. You know how they pull their tails up between their legs when they are scared? Last night he would barely look at me, and today we did a little gazing into each other's eyes (the ultimate sign of trust). Then slowly, slowly he "opened up', let me rub his belly, and next thing he was on his back legs up, arms down like a human baby, tail out and purring like a tractor. Then, we were both asleep. Best feeling ever, for both of us. Taking care of these little lives is the BEST and most honourable thing I have ever done.



A job very well done Shelley! Another life saved from certain death and within a week he will be put up for adoption on Toronto Cat Rescue's website!!

xoxox
Nicole

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My First Rescue of 2012!

*These sister are spending their last night at the shelter*

Tomorrow morning I can head out to my local high-kill shelter and save some very worthy kitties all thanks to Toronto Cat Rescue. It is absolutely freezing in Toronto right now so nothing makes me more happier than getting these innocent cats out of their cold cages and bringing them straight to their warm and loving foster homes!! Here are just a few lives that will be changed for the better tomorrow:


*Siblings that were surrendered by their owners*



It will be nice drive for me tomorrow because I won't be rushing after work (I am still on holidays) and can beat the highway traffic altogether! Should be a great rescue day all in all! I just can't get my mind off all the other animals that are living outside and don't have a place to call home. I guess I can't save them all.


*Princess Jasmine has 2 deformed legs*

My first rescue of 2012 will be a very special one for all of these furr-babies!

xoxox
nicole