Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cats in Canada: a comprehensive report on the overpopulation crisis

From Barbara Cartwright
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Hello Everyone,

We are pleased to let you know that the CFHS has launched Cats in Canada: a comprehensive report on the overpopulation crisis, which was developed from the research project we undertook this year. Once again we sincerely appreciate your involvement and responses to the survey – without your participation it would not be possible. PDFs are available in both English and French on our website as well as in an enhanced version that I linked below;

The next phase in the project involves hosting stakeholder meetings in each province to review the results and discuss actions going forward. I hope you will be able to attend. We will notify people of the meeting dates and location in the early spring.

If you have any questions, comments or just want to touch base I would love to connect with you!

Happy Holidays!


Bonjour à tous,

Nous sommes très heureux de vous annoncer que la FSCAA vient de lancer son rapport intitulé Les chats au Canada : Recherche approfondie sur la problématique de surpopulation des chats au Canada. Ce rapport est le fruit de l’étude que nous avons menée au cours de l’année. Nous tenons à vous remercier une fois de plus pour vos réponses et votre implication – sans votre participation, ce projet n’aurait jamais vu le jour. Le rapport est disponible en PDF, en français et en anglais, dans notre site Internet. Vous pouvez aussi cliquer directement sur le lien ci-dessous :

La prochain étape consistera à faire des rencontres avec les intervenants dans chaque province pour examiner les résultats et définir les mesures à adopter. J’espère que vous pourrez être des nôtres. Au début du printemps, nous enverrons des invitations avec les dates et les lieux de rencontre.

Si vous avez des questions, des commentaires ou voulez simplement discuter un peu, il me fera grand plaisir de communiquer avec vous!

Joyeuses Fêtes!


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Cats Committee needs year end support to help homeless felines

In 2010 the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee was established. I had been requesting  a Trap Neuter Release and Adopt Program in CSL for many years. Finally,    Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen seized the idea and worked tirelessly to get the rest of the elected officials  on board. Upon asking their constituents whether the homeless cat situation was of importance,  they discovered that  “yes,” their constituents were concerned about the cats  for many reasons.

Côte Saint-Luc City Council gave us a $5,000 grant. Canadian Pacific Railway matched that last year and we did some fundraising. Now completing our second year, we  a have trapped and neutered over 100 cats.  This has prevented the birth of over  15,000 thousand  kittens.
These adorable cats were trapped and adopted.

Just as we thought we were stopping for the year, as we have  depleted our budget, we were made aware  of a situation of an elderly woman who had been feeding cats for years.  Because of health issues, she recently  found herself in a facility  with  no one to feed the 12 cats that were coming to her home. 

This woman did not believe in neutering these cats. She felt that the cats would get  disoriented and lost.  This is not so.  It is important to keep the cats inside until they are clear-headed after any surgery, but the statistics has not proven her theory to be so.

I do not know how many she started off with, but now we are dealing with 12.
Volunteers from the our committee and other concerned citizens are helping in the feeding of these cats, but they must be neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed.

Aside from that, there were four kittens spotted  at  Maimonides Hospital  in Côte Saint-Luc last week and I just received a call from a  young woman on Wallenburg who has seen a male, female and three kittens near her home. The calls are not just from CSL, they are from all over the island.

We need to be able to continue the work that is being done to neuter, vaccinate and de-worm these cats. That takes money, something we do not have.  Every one of us is a volunteer, all the money we receive  goes to the care of these cats.

We ask  you to donate and help us fund raise so that we can continue try to reduce the misery of kittens being born outside and the perpetual overpopulation of home-less, community cats.

Please send your donations to Educhat. You can do so online at  www.educhat.ca by going to the donate tab.

Shelley Schecter
Educhat and Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Dispatch from Shelley Schecter: What to do about the cats needing feeders

The last few months has been very busy for the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee and we are just about at the end of our season.
I don’t have the exact numbers yet but this year we did a lot of kittens and also many adoptions.
It has changed how the money has been used. The six little kittens had to be seen by the vet and vaccinated. There were two that were sick and had to be tended to until they were well. My friend was kind enough to care for Miriam until she was well enough to go to her new home. Miriam’s brother was with me until Miriam’s guardian felt she needed some companionship and he went to the same place as Miriam. All six kittens are in forever homes.
Diane held onto one of our TNR’s because she was only about 4 months old and very tame. Diane just found her a new home.
Renee’s neighbor caught one of the cats coming to her house and she took her in.  Her husband adores the cat and so she is staying.
Diane took in two, one kitten named Jack,(Female) and  a cat named Gertrude.
The Adeles took in Esperenza and the Shragie’s on Hudson took in a Siamese who had been hit by a car.
We caught two on Smart and Cote St. Luc Road who are being well taken care of.
We caught and neutered a large colony on Wavell. One of the neighbors took one of the cats in.
We caught and neutered 6 cats on Mackle, including a mother cat. We will need to return when the kittens are old enough to be neutered.  They are being fed by the caretaker.
We did some at Decarie Square, one at Fern’s house, and a few at  St. Patrick’s Residence.
We did 9 cats from Fairside and Donna the feeder, is going to be helping with the trapping.
We still have some to do at the Lang’s but we are on hold now until we find out how much money remains.
I felt that we did a good job this summer, but unfortunately, all of the hard work has now been eroded.
We knew of a woman, on Eldridge who was feeding a few cats, about 4 to six. A year a half ago, Renee  and Barbara, our volunteers,  went to visit her and told her that we would neuter, vaccinate and de-worm the cats.  The woman was very rude to them and told them to go away.  Renee returned a couple of times and again was told to go away. Since we really require permission to go on someone’s property to trap, we moved onto the next place.
Last week, Mike received an e-mail from this woman  saying that she had to go into a facility because of poor health and that there was no one to feed the cats.


I didn’t realize that it was the same woman that Renee and Barbara had called upon, but it was.  She now has 12 cats at her house, between the ages of 6 months – 6 years. 
It is amazing how one person can create this massive problem. None of the 12 cats are neutered, vaccinated or de-wormed and are procreating all through CSL.
 We have a very serious problem here. Firstly, I do not know if there is any money left to neuter these cats. All 12 cats must be caught and seen by a vet and neutered. It is much too late in the year to relocate these cats, as that process take a tremendous amount of time and effort.
Renee got the brilliant idea to talk to another of our volunteers, who lives near to this location   and Tanya has kindly been leaving food and water out for the cats.
I went with Renee to the house today, and the Styrofoam cat shelters are absolutely disgusting.  They need to be replaced with clean ones. The house is a rental and I do not know if someone new will be moving in, but for the time being the cats need to be fed there.
 Aside from finding the money to neuter all these cats, they need to be fed.
The only idea I have concerning this, is that each one of us takes a day a week and we feed the cats over the winter until we can figure out what to do in the spring.
I can take Wednesday each week. Renee said she will take one day and so will Barbara.   Anyone else who can help, please let me know.

We will provide you with the food and you will need to bring water for them.
I know this is a big one to ask, but if anyone has any other suggestions, please tell me, I am at a loss.
To say that I am angry about this, is an understatement.  I feel that all the work that was done this year is going right out the window because of one person who allowed these cats to keep reproducing and did nothing about it. In my heart, I cry for all those kittens that were born  outside and are forced to live outside,  through no fault of their own.
If we each take a day, it will not be a hardship for any of us. But if it is only a couple of us that will do it, it will be difficult for us.
Please help out by letting me know what day you will be able to feed. The location is on  Eldridge between Kildaire and Mackle.
Thank you for helping out.

PS. I just received a call from Maimonides.  There are 4 kittens outside the front entrance. One is orange and the other three are grey. The people at Maimonides are feeding them, but here is another situation that has to be tended to. It just goes on and on.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Eyes wide shut: one pound kitten rescued

Here is the latest update on a poor baby cat rescued by Mayor Bernard Lang, his wife Miriam, grandson Dylan and of course Shelley Schecter.

Well, let me introduce you to the new addition in my house.  Sunday evening I received a call from Miriam Lang's grandson, Dylan, that there was a kitten in trouble.  Eyes glued shut, trouble breathing, not eating and mother not tending to her.

Wearily, as I already have three kittens in one bathroom, I went over there.  I had asked them to trap  around their house starting Sunday as we had some spaces over at Vanier College this week.

There was this tiny little thing with it's eyes glued shut, meowing, with snot stuck to her face, a real mess.  A sure case of Rhino.

I took her home and tried to get her eyes open with warm wash clothes.  In this picture I had cleaned up her face as  I had a lot of trouble getting her picture at the beginning.

I took her to the vet and she has Rhino, of course, and is on antibiotics, eye ointment and high cal paste.

She is looking better now.  I will send another picture.

She must be hand-fed as she has no sense of smell and so cannot eat.  I initially force-feed her and then she will eat from my hand.

So, of course she cannot be with the other kittens, so two of my bathrooms are now occupied.  She weighs all of one pound.

Now that you should feel very sorry for me, I will tell you the good news.  I have one of the kittens adopted, Scotty will be going to a new home.  I then found out that Pandie was a boy.  I thought that I had given Diane a boy, but no it was a girl.

Committee member Aldo  spoke to a co-worker, who spoke to another co-worker  and he is interested in Pandie.  I will meet him next week.

Committee member Barbara  has offered to take Miriam, as she has two others with Rhino.

So, with any luck, I will be down to one kitten, that is Kisses.  Of all kittens, who would have figured.

Anyway, let us get Kisses adopted, please.

Many Meows,

Monday, 17 September 2012

Update on three beautiful kitties needing homes

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Here is a message from Shelley Schecter about three wonderful kittens looking for a home

Just a reminder that I still have the three little tykes in my bathroom.

As you can see they are growing beautifully.  Pandie, the black and white female is quiet and enjoys a nice back rub right where is counts.  She rolls over and like to have her tummy rubbed.
Is Pandie not adorable?

Scotty the only male, the long haired grey, has  a very strong female side.  Very delicate ,  with soft  light movements.

And Kisses, well, Kisses loves to have a good time.

They are looking for foster or forever homes right now.  They are about three months at this point.

-First set of vaccinations done
-Very good with the litter box
-Neutering with be covered at our clinic

If know know any responsible people who would like any of these splendid honeys, please email mcohen@cotesaintluc.org.

All the best,


Sunday, 2 September 2012

More cats looking for homes

Four little kittens were picked up from Mayor Lang's house with the help of Mrs. Lang.  They have been with Shelley Schecter for about two and a half weeks.

Kisses,is the female with  the short grey hair.  She is  coy, loves to play and prance about.  She loves to give kisses and has confidence and attitude all the way.


Scotty is male  grey with long hair.  Head cocked with a face one cannot bear
Soft, and downy duckling hair.  Very sweet and gentle.

Pandie is a quiet little girl   She lays low, she is shy but loves to be stroked.
A little inquisitive, but reserved.

All are  between two and four months old.  They have been de-wormed and  had their first set of vaccinations.  All are socialized and ready for homes.  There was a four month old black kitten and he was adopted by committee member Diane   His name is Black Jack and Diane says that he is doing great!  Her girls love him and he loves her and the girls.  All is great there.

We are  looking for wonderful homes for Jack's siblings.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Seven cats picked up and neutered

Seven  cats were picked up and neutered  in Côte Saint-Luc the week of August 27   and five of them are going to be in our angel committee member  Diane's garage - five females.  One has a broken eardrum and has to stay for 14 days on antibiotics; another  is very very tame and ready for a home; another is quite timid from and two more are on their way,  one long hair black and one Grey, trapped by former Mayor Bernard Lang and his wife Miriam.  Kudos to Shelley Schecter for her usual amazing job at taking charge. She still has a few kitties being socialized at her home.  

Saturday, 25 August 2012

A very successful fundraising concert

Well our first fundraising concert took place on August 21 at the Giovanni Palatucci Facility in Côte Saint-Luc and we sold the place out-- 360 people strong. Congratulations to the entire team.

You can read the entire summary right here.

Dr. Melanie Cukierman, Shelley Schecter, Councillors Mike Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, Dr. Marlene Kalin, Margaret Nadler, Beverly Beach and Judy Walsh at ceremony recognizing the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Benefit Concert Set for August 21 for Cats Committee

Lovers of  music and cats will be able to satisfy both passions on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm at a benefit concert at the Giovanni Palatucci Facility in support of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee.

The Musicians of the World Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Milo, will perform The Best of Broadway: It’s the Cat’s Meow, which includes songs from the Broadway musical Cats. Soprano Jennifer Pyra will also give a solo performance, as will CSL resident and avid cat committee member Alexandra Cohen.
Conductor Joseph Milo

“The concert will be an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause, “ said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the city’s liaison with the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee.

Tickets are $7 each (tax included) and can be purchased at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Rd.). Tickets can be purchased at the first two locations by credit and debit card or cash and cash only at the Animal Hospital.

Below is  a look at the filming of a documentary about the orchestra.

Funds raised from the event will go towards the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program, and Educhat (www.educhat.ca), the volunteer organization headed by Shelley Schecter, who has spearheaded efforts in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers trap feral cats, have them sterilized, and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found. The committee has also rescued a number of baby kittens and found homes for them.

The city’s first ever cat licensing by-law will be presented in the coming months.

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) was founded in 2006 by conductor Joseph Milo and his wife Lucy Ravinsky. The orchestra benefits from a pool of professional musicians who were immigrants to Montreal but had no opportunity to make use of their talent. The MWSO was created, not only to provide these new Canadians with the opportunity to engage in their main passion, but to give them back the professional dignity they had enjoyed in their homelands and most especially, to share their wonderful talents with the music lovers of Montreal.

The MWSO includes 55 musicians, including about 80 percent from 15 different countries. To date, the orchestra has entertained Montreal audiences with more than 30 performances, including several benefit concerts, as well as having produced several recordings. The orchestra has also been selected as the subject of four documentary films. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they agree to perform a free concert once a year. The CSL Cats Committee and Educhat will be the 2012 beneficiaries.

Here is a CBC report on how the Committee got started:

To learn more about the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, including how to volunteer or donate funds, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/cats.