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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 20026
1077 North Service Road #39
Mississauga, ON L4Y 1A6


Note:  this is a mailing address only – it is not a shelter.
Our foster homes and cats / kittens are located all over GTA

 

Saving one cat will not change the world,
but surely for that one cat, the world will change forever. - Karen Davidson 

Found a Cat?

Help us Help Abandoned Cats in Need

Abbey Cat Adoptions would love to help each and every cat in need, but we are a small group of volunteers with very limited resources. We ask the public to do what they themselves can as a first resort.

Ask everyone you know if they want a cat and ask them to ask everyone they know. If the cat is reasonably healthy and sociable, be sure to include this information in your description.

If the cat does have behaviour or health problems, be honest about it.
There are many people out there who are more than willing to help cats with special needs.

Put up posters in your neighbourhood, at work, at pet stores and at veterinary offices.
Describe where the cat was found. Describe the cat on the poster, including estimated age, personality and if possible include a photograph.

There are websites where you can post photos of lost or found pets such as helpinglostpets.com

If possible and especially if the condition of the cat is a concern, take her to the vet so she will get any necessary care and treatment in preparation for her new home.

Vets and shelters can check for microchips or tattoos which can help reunited a lost cat with its owner.

Community newspapers are a good place to either check ads for lost pets or place your own ad.

There may be a vet clinic in your area that offers reduced rates for spay/neuters of stray cats.
If you can help to get one cat fixed before it is returned to the outdoors, it will mean this cat won't be contributing to overpopulation in the future.

Check for shelters and rescue organizations in your area.
There may be some space available and perhaps more resources to help you find the cat a home.

If you can't find a permanent home, try to get a temporary "foster" home with someone who has a spare room that could be used.
Both you and the foster parent can continue to actively search for a permanent home or wait until a place opens up at a shelter or rescue organization.


7 Things to Do if You Find Stray Kittens 

 It’s kitten season!  That means there will be a lot of stray fur babies who need help.

What should you do if you come upon kittens outdoors?

1. Assess the situation.

First investigate whether the young ‘uns are on their own. Their mother may be away temporarily to hunt for food, she may be hiding because you are there, or she may be moving the family, one by one, to cushier digs. Back a ways off, stay still, and watch. Give her some time — at least a few hours. If no mom appears, move on to #2 below.

If the mother shows up your action plan depends on whether she is a stray (a pet who has lost her home) or feral (a wild animal who wants nothing to do with you). It’s easy to tell the difference: try to pet her. If she won’t let you close enough for petting, try bribing her with food to get her within arms’ reach. To catch a stray mom, see #5 below.

If she is feral, you’re looking at a TNR (trap-neuter-return) situation. Alley Cat Allies has a helpful guide to performing TNR. Keep in mind that kittens younger than eight weeks (here are some tips on determining a kitten’s age) should stay with their mother if at all possible; if they are in a safe location, they are best off remaining there with her. Bring them food, water and shelter (click here for a ton of shelter options).

If the kittens are more than four months old, don’t scoop them up and carry them off — they probably won’t take kindly to it. Treat them like feral cats (meaning they need TNR and not adoption) unless and until they prove otherwise.

2. Do you have time to do it right?

If you have decided they need to be taken in, consider how much time you have to give them. Stray kittens need more than food, litter and toys — they also need you. Without a lot of positive human interaction the kittens won’t be adoptable and will have to go back outside when they are old enough and have been spayed or neutered.

Kittens younger than four weeks require special round-the-clock care. Do a gut check and make sure you are up to the task before committing to take them on.

3. Can you get the kittens spayed or neutered?

If you take them in, you will need to have your little charges spayed or neutered when they are old enough to prevent them from producing yet more kittens who need homes. They will also need vaccinations and possibly other veterinary services too. Can you afford all of that?

If you can’t, do you have access to veterinarians or organizations that can help? Some vets will reduce their fees when the patient is a rescue, and there are groups that will subsidize the costs or even pay them in full. Find out whether there is one near you.

4. Can you get the kittens adopted?

Unless you plan to keep all the kittens you take in you will have to find adoptive families. Are you willing and able to put in the time and legwork it will take?

If you have considered all these questions and decided that you can’t or don’t want to do what it takes, alert a rescue group to the kittens’ location. Petfinder has a tool to find an organization near you.

If you are up for the challenge, here are your next steps.

5. Catching strays, including the shy ones.

If you’re lucky the kittens will be friendly. See #1 above on how to tell whether a cat likes people. If they let you pet them you can pick them up and pop them into a cat carrier to take them home.

For kittens you can’t touch you will need a humane or “no-kill” trap, which is a cage with a door that shuts when an animal is inside. Before buying one, look for a rescue organization that loans them out. There are several articles on line on how to trap cats.

6. Make them feel at home.

Prepare a somewhat small, quiet space for the feline family. It should have no hidey-holes that you can’t reach into — you will need to touch the kittens to socialize them, administer any medications, take them to the vet, etc. Create a cozy spot in their room or enclosure where they can retreat and feel sheltered, but make sure you can get a hand in there.

Supply food bowls, water bowls, bedding and litter. The litter box must be shallow enough for stubby little legs to climb in. Fill it with a non-clumping litter — kittens can ingest litter, and you don’t want it clumping up in their tummies.

Keep the tots warm, especially if they are orphaned. Wrap a towel around a heating pad (set it to the lowest temperature) or a hot water bottle. Kittens must also have space to get away from the warmth so they don’t get too hot.

7. Socialize the kittens.

Teaching kittens to love people is a gradual process. Some of them take to people quickly, but prepare to be patient with more reticent types. My favorite part of socialization is the last stage, which involves lots of petting, cuddling and playing, but you have to lay the ground work to get there. The Urban Cat League has a video and a written guide to socializing kittens. 

Here’s to kittens and making sure they are all safe and sound!