Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Education Program in Schools Begins

The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) has officially launched its outreach and education program at local schools. Alexandra Cohen and Renee Karp visited Hampstead Elementary School and facilitated two very well received sessions about the Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) and Adopt Program.

 Alexandra began by showing a new video that she filmed, produced and edited herself about the program.   You can view it right here.

It is now available for viewing for the first time on YouTube and features interviews with Shelley Schecter of Educhat and the CSLCC, Alanna Devine of the SPCA, and Dr. Marlene Kalin from the Côte St. Luc Hospital for Animals.

Spiritual Community Animator Joseph Monachino, Alexandra Cohen,
Renee Karp  and students at Hampstead School.
The Grade 5 and 6 students, many of whom have cats as pets, were attentive and asked a lot of questions. Alexandra and Renee talked about the plight of homeless cats and went on to talk not only about the CSLCC, but also about what it means to be responsible pet owners.
Alexandra and Renee intend on visiting other schools in the community to continue to spread their important message.
The CSLCC’s team of volunteers set out to trap as many  cats as possible, have them sterilized and then adopted or returned to a place where they will be fed. The committee has also rescued a number of   kittens and found homes for them. The city’s first ever cat licensing bylaw was adopted last fall.

For more information call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200 or log on towww.cotesaintluc.org/cats.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Jazz the cat is missing in Côte Saint-Luc

A beautiful black and white cat named Jazz has been missing since Thursday, November 21 and his owners are desperate to find him.

Jazz is a three year old outdoor cat. His owners actually leave a small street-level window open for him to come and go as he pleases.

Anyone with information can contact Dana Schnitzer at  514-240-0224 or email bgalradio@hotmail.com

"I have a had cats all my life and they have always gone out and come back within a few hours, " says Dana. "I feel their freedom to experience nature is worth the risk.That being said I am so devastated. Knowing Jazz, a smart cat, he isn't lost wandering around in the cold. He is either kidnapped, trapped, injured and at this point sadly he may have passed away. He is wearing tags with my address."

Jazz is a very friendly, playful  cat and several members of our CSL Cats Committee are familiar with him. Interestingly,  there is another outdoor cat (smaller than Jazz), who runs around outdoors in the same area near Merrimac Road.

Dana found him on the street as a kitten.

We will also be asking our Volunteer Citizens on Patrol to be on the lookout for Jazz.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Please help us find a home for beautiful Glenda

The cat below is named Glenda.  She was being fed by an elderly woman in Côte Saint-Luc 
who has been coming to the aid of homeless cats  for years. Glenda had been a steady customer for about a year and a  half. So we figure she is about two.  The elderly woman managed to socialize this cat and was letting her into her back balcony at night.  She had already taken in two of the cats the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee and Educhat  had neutered.
This woman is a Holocaust survivor and would cry to  our committee's Shelley Schecter all of the time as to how the homeless cats remind her of this terrible period. Our committee picked up Glenda last week and she has been spayed, vaccinated and de-wormed and is safe for now in recovery in the garage of one of our devoted volunteers.
We have received a call from the elderly lady's daughter last night,  saying that her mom was rushed to the hospital two nights ago and it was touch and go,  but she made it through the night.  The doctors say she  will not be coming home for some time, if at all.
So now have Glenda, who unless she is adopted must sadly return outdoors, with no one there to feed her.

We need a foster home for Glenda asap.  She has a congenital problem with her legs and  walks in a crooked fashion,  but otherwise is very sweet and  quite beautiful.
In reality, we have several cats being fostered at the present time, but Glenda is a priority. How can we possibly send this gorgeous feline out into the cold?
We know it is never easy to find a place for a cat, but we are asking anyway.

Email mcohen@cotesaintluc.org if you know of someone willing to foster or adopt Glenda. Our committee has already underwritten a lot of the costs associated with her care.