May 2014 TNR Workshop – Thorncliffe Park

Toronto Feral Cat Project’s next ‘Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony’ workshops will be held in Thorncliffe Park, Toronto.

When:    Sunday, May 4, 2014

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where:  

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office Youth Centre (behind the Target)
East York Town Centre
45 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON

M4H 1C3

Free parking is available on site.

Map of location

Come learn how to care for the homeless outdoor cats in your neighbourhood. All steps in setting up a managed colony will be covered, including:
  • trapping
  • feeding
  • sheltering
  • getting the cats fixed
  • working with neighbours

Written materials will be provided and techniques demonstrated.

Toronto caretakers who attend the workshop, will be eligible for access to the new Toronto Animal Services (TAS) & Toronto Humane Society (THS) free spay/neuter clinics for ferals, equipment loans, expert advice and more! If you live outside of Toronto, services at Toronto Street Cats Spay Neuter Clinic and Toronto Humane Society are still available for your ferals.

Cost: $20

Please pay via Paypal when you register. If you are unable to use Payal, please email us. We reserve the right to limit the number of unpaid registrants, should the workshop fill up.

Click here to register!

If you cannot attend this session, check back monthly or subscribe to automatically be alerted.

 

April 2014 Workshop – Brampton

Toronto Feral Cat Project’s next ‘Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony’ workshops will be held in Brampton, Ontario.

When:    Saturday, April 5, 2014

10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Please note: Time has changed 11am start)

Where:  

Chinguacousy Branch – Brampton Library

150 Central Park Drive (Inside the Bramalea Civic Centre),
Brampton, ON,
L6T 1B4

Parking is available on site.

Map of location

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Chinguacousy Library, Brampton
Come learn how to care for the homeless outdoor cats in your neighbourhood. All steps in setting up a managed colony will be covered, including:
  • trapping
  • feeding
  • sheltering
  • getting the cats fixed
  • working with neighbours

Written materials will be provided and techniques demonstrated.

Toronto caretakers who attend the workshop, will be eligible for access to the new Toronto Animal Services (TAS) & Toronto Humane Society (THS) free spay/neuter clinics for ferals, equipment loans, expert advice and more! If you live outside of Toronto, services at Toronto Street Cats Spay Neuter Clinic and Toronto Humane Society are still available for your ferals.

Cost: $20

Please pay via Paypal when you register. If you are unable to use Payal, please email us. We reserve the right to limit the number of unpaid registrants, should the workshop fill up.

Click here to register!

If you cannot attend this session, check back monthly or subscribe to automatically be alerted.

2014 TNR Workshop Schedule

This is TFCP’s tentative Trap-Neuter-Return Workshop schedule for 2014. We’ll try to stick to the dates below as much as possible, but the locations may change if we are unable to secure an event space in any given area.

If you live in any of the areas below and can help us secure a donated teaching space with seating for 50, please get in touch.

  • January 11th – Recovery Centre
  • February 8th – Recovery Centre
  • March 1st 2014 – Toronto Humane Society (Confirmed)
  • April 5th 2014 – TBD (Brampton)
  • May 3rd 2014 – TBD (Thorncliff Park)
  • June 7th, 2014 – TBD (OSPCA, Newmarket)
  • July  12th 2014 – TBD (Mimico)
  • August 9th 2014 – TBD (Scarborough)
  • September 13th, 2014- TBD (OSPCA, Newmarket)
  • October 4th, 2014 – TBD (Brampton or Vaughan)
  • November 1, 2014 – TBD (North Toronto)
  • November 29, 2014 – TBD (Toronto Humane Society)

Two Special Workshops from the Mayor’s Alliance NYC

Update: Both workshops are now full. Thank you to everyone who registered! Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour on March 9, when Day Lights Savings ends.

Toronto Feral Cat Project & Urban Cat Relief are proud to present two special workshops for Colony Caretakers this March in partnership with the Mayor’s Alliance of NYC. You may attend either or both; separate registration is required for each.

                                                                                                                                                 

Workshop #1

Taming Feral Kittens for Adoption

When: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Using film footage of successful techniques, combined with insights into the biological development of kittens, we will provide attendees with information on how to tame and socialize feral kittens quickly and efficiently so they can be adopted into indoor homes.

                                                                                                                                                 

Workshop #2

Neighbourhood Relations for Feral Cat Caretakers

When: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Attendees will be provided with tips on how to improve communication with neighbours, including ways to help them understand the needs of community cats and benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Advice for turning around hostile situations will also be included.

                                                                                                                                                 

Course Fee:  We are grateful to our sponsor, Petco Foundation, for making these workshops available for free. Advanced registration is still required.

Hosts: Toronto Feral Cat ProjectUrban Cat Relief – www.ucrcats.comNew York City Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Instructor: Mike Phillips, LVT – Director of Community Outreach, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals; Co-Founder, Urban Cat League

All attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary vegan lunch between workshops from 2:00–3:00pm.

To share this event with your friends, visit our Facebook Event page.

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Announcing: Merger with UCR

 

Dear Friends TFCP & Supporters,

Toronto Feral Cat Project and Urban Cat Relief are very excited to announce our intent to merge in the upcoming months!

Our two groups will unite to form a stronger alliance dedicated to helping people through education, advocacy, and participation to make a difference in the lives of community cats (feral, stray and free-roaming).

We recognize the fundamental need for collaboration, and joining resources provides us with the opportunity to strengthen the impact that each group has made as individual entities.

We are in the early stages of our transition and look forward to defining our Mission, Vision and future plans in the coming months. Please stay tuned!

Toronto Feral Cat Project and Urban Cat Relief

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Announcing our Winter 2014 Workshops

We’ll be hosting the first two of our Trap-Neuter-Return(TNR) Workshops in 2014 at the Recovery Centre in Scarborough.

Dates:

Saturday, January 11 (Recovery Centre – Scarborough)
Saturday, February 8 (Recovery Centre – Scarborough)
Saturday, March 1 (Toronto Humane Society)

The workshop is from 10:30am – 1:30pm. Coffee, tea, and light snacks are provided.

August Workshop at the Feral Recovery Centre

August Workshop at the Feral Recovery Centre

Pre-payment and Price increase

We are now accepting workshop payment using Paypal. Due to the costs associated with processing online payments, we’ve increased the workshop fee to $20.

Please follow the instructions on the form to pay. You do not need to have a Paypal account, just a credit card. To register, please go here.

November’s workshops are now full

Both our November 30, 2013 workshops at Toronto Humane Society are now full and registration is closed.

These are our last workshops for 2013. Our next workshop will be in January, exact date TDB. Please subscribe to our page for updates.

We're at full capacity!

We’re at full capacity!

If you need to contact one of our workshop coordinators regarding your attendance at this event, please email feraltoronto@gmail.com. All other inquiries can be directed to info@feraltoronto.com.

Thank you to everyone who pre-registered! We will see you tomorrow.

An Important Note about Attendance at Workshops

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Despite having an overbooked workshop at the OSPCA on Saturday, November 2nd, we had 18 people not show up, which was nearly half of those registered. This was a workshop where we had to close registration a week in advance and turn people away, due to demand.

When you register for our workshop and don’t show up, you hurt our organization and, ultimately, this hurts the cats. TFCP is a small, all-volunteer group. We put a lot of personal time and effort into running these workshops in order to help feral cat colony caretakers, who in turn help street cats in need.

Time and resources are wasted preparing materials for people who don’t attend. Colony caretakers who would have liked to attend, but couldn’t due to space limitations, lose out on that opportunity to learn TNR and start helping feral cats now, before the cold really sets in.

For the Newmarket workshop in particular, the OSPCA donates lunch and orders based on the numbers we give them. You can imagine lunch for 40 costs significantly more than lunch for 22. Again, that’s funds out of an animal shelter’s budget that could have been put to better use.

In light of this, we’ve decided not to add a December workshop to our roster. Instead will do back-to-back workshops on November 30th at the Toronto Humane Society.

The morning session will now begin at 10am and the newly added afternoon session will start at 2pm. You can register for the afternoon workshop here.

It should go without saying, but if you’re already registered, please attend! And if something comes up and you can’t make it, let us know ASAP by emailing our workshop coordinators Steve and Suha, so we can let someone else take your spot.

In order to make sure TFCP is working effectively and always training as many people as possible, we will be restructuring our registration system in 2014 to combat absenteeism. This will likely mean move to online pre-payment.

Thank you for your understanding and to all those who made it out last weekend. Toronto and the GTA is a better place for cats, because of your TNR efforts!

Second Workshop Added on November 30th

Due to popular demand, we’ve decided to run back-to-back workshops at Toronto Humane Society on Saturday, Nov. 30th. If you already registered, the morning working will now begin at 10:00am instead of 10:30, as previously stated.

We’ve added a second workshop to accommodate everyone who wished to attend this date and location. The new workshop will be from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. You can register for this afternoon workshop here.

Please remember that if you registered, we’re expecting you to attend! We put a lot of effort into preparing materials for attendees, so if you can’t make it, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance.

If you’re not sure which workshop you registered for, please email our registration coordinator Suha and Steve at feraltoronto@gmail.com.

THS has limited parking at the rear of the building. The course will take place on the second floor board room. Please register with THS staff at the front desk when you enter the building and they will direct you to the room.

Feral Cat Awareness Week in Toronto – October 16 – 22

National Feral Cat Day in the United States was Oct. 16, and here in Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford officially declared it Feral Cat Awareness Day in a Proclamation issued Wednesday.

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To celebrate Toronto’s Feral Cat TNR Coalition is hosting a Cat-a-thon Adopt-a-thon at Nathan Phillips Square today, Friday, October 18th from 11am – 2pm, as part of a week long Feral Cat Awareness Week campaign.

Adoptable rescued cats will be on hand for reputable Coalition groups and at 12:30pm City Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker will speak about Toronto’s TNR program and what an official Feral Cat Awareness Day means for the city.

Please note, the Cat-a-thon will now end at 2pm.

Please note, the Cat-a-thon will now end at 2pm.

If you tuned into Global’s Morning Show this morning, you saw myself, Dr. Hanna Booth, and the ginger twins kittens, Harry and Wills, make their television debut.

Interested adopters for this bonded kitten pair can get in touch by emailing me at valerie@feraltoronto.com. Please only apply if you are ready and capable of providing a loving, safe forever home for these two.

Harry and Wills right after they were rescued.

Harry and Wills right after they were rescued.

 

The kittens with their sister (already adopted) before they were rescued.

The kittens with their sister (already adopted) before they were rescued.

Want to help us develop our TNR program further? Join the Coalition as a volunteer. We’re recruiting on all levels.

TO-FeralCats-Coalition_brochure2Happy #FCAW13! Here’s to #NoMoreHomelessCats.