Wintry weather has arrived across Canada and, while many homeless people may choose to take refuge in shelters to escape the cold and eat a warm meal, animals on the street can’t make those decisions.
Lost or abandoned pets, and especially feral cats that may have never experienced human love, can be found everywhere. Estimates of the number of homeless cats in Toronto alone range from 100,000 to 300,000, according to the Toronto Humane Society. Luckily for these poor animals, there are people who care and want to help. But despite their valiant and admirable efforts, it’s still not enough.
“Unfortunately, the need is far greater than the ability of cat rescues in the city to eradicate the problem,” says Gayle Gossen, the chair of Toronto’s Annex Cat Rescue. “There are a number of cat rescue organizations in the city, and we all cannot meet the demand. There are more cats out there than we can rescue.
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