Cat and Kitten Adoption Program
Royal York Animal Hospital has a small but successful cat and kitten adoption program and we have been successfully adopting felines for many years. We started counting in 1993 and since then we have placed over 200 cats and 600 kittens in loving homes. As a veterinary hospital our main focus and goals is veterinary care and medical well being of our clients pets. As a result we are limited in both time and space for an adoption program. However, RYAH feels that it is really important to help home or re-home cats and kittens in our own Etobicoke community. We designate veterinary care, hospital space and employee time to our “adoption program”. Several employees volunteer their time to hand raise kittens who need round the clock feeding and care when necessary.
Cat and Kitten Adoption in Etobicoke at Royal York Animal Hospital
We have learned that we can only properly socialize and care for about 5 kittens/cats at a time. Mostly, the cats/kittens are brought in by a client and are “one offs” situations such as abandonment; foundlings etc. Toronto Animal Services often enlists our help in caring for pregnant cats, allowing them to Queen (have their kittens) at RYAH in a quieter and healthier environment. When they are ready, the kittens are dewormed, vaccinated and many are spayed and neutered before adoption (depending on the age of adoption). All inherent costs incurred are incurred by RYAH. Our adoption fee helps us cover a small portion of our costs which is put forward to help with future cats in need.
Cat Adoption Stories at Etobicoke
Here is one of our adoption stories: You may remember the cat named “Arrow” from the news in 2009. This particular cat was the target of a prankster’s bow and arrow and the arrow went into his neck and lodged in his chest. Arrow found his way to a neighbour’s front porch and the police took him to a nearby Veterinary Emergency Hospital to have the arrow removed surgically. Arrow was then transferred to Royal York Animal Hospital for stabilization and critical care. As you also may recall, dozens of people came forward wanting to him. Sadly, when his treatment regime was over and he was transferred back to Toronto Animal Services (where he was legally required to go) for the public adoption process, no one came forward to adopt him…..so we took him back. Soon after, Cheryl, one of our Veterinary Technicians adopted Arrow who has an amazing personality. Arrow is pictured here with his feline buddy “Noodle” and he also shares his home with Budrick the Bouvier Cross and a Quaker Parakeet named Cecil.
Currently in our adoption program we have GRAYCE, an approximately 3 year old, grey spayed female. Grayce was abandoned and brought to RYAH by good Samaritan clients who had been feeding them, along with her two kittens ABE and APRIL, who are about 7 months old and also in our adoption program. HAMBLEY is our newest addition to the program. He is a 5 year old neutered black male and also was left behind when his family moved. We also have CARLOS, who is now five weeks old, and has been adopted but is not old enough to go to his new home yet. Several staff members have been hand-raising and bottle feeding this kitten who was brought into RYAH at about 3-4 days of age. Follow Carlos story on RYAH Facebook with weekly updates on his progress!