Costs of Animal Rescues

We currently charge an adoption fee of $250 for a juvenile cat (kitten) and $120 for an adult. On average, a rescued cat that comes into our care costs our non-profit charity $260. This average expenditure of $260 per cat includes the costs of providing food, vaccinations, deflea (Revolution), dewormer (Milbemax), and the spay/neuter. It does not include the cost of rent for the Adoption Centre, laundry, cat litter, or any additional medication or specialty food that many cats/kittens require when they are temporarily or permanently ill.

We rely heavily on donations and fundraising activities in order to pay the bills and keep operating month after month. Our charity is run by volunteers; nobody gets a pay check. This means that anybody making a donation can be confident that 100% of their donation will go directly to the costs of animal rescue.

Without these generous donations, we would not be able to continue our work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What food should I feed my cat and where do I purchase it?

We feed our cats Royal Canin. It is extremely important to feed your kitten/cat a good quality cat food. Dry cat food purchased at the grocery store is calorie-dense, and the health equivalent of pop and chips. Cats needs food that provides them a well balanced diet with the essential nutrients they need to help them live a healthy life.  Cats should also be fed wet food every day. Cats on dry food diets usually don’t get enough water. They can become chronically dehydrated which contributes to health problems like Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and urinary crystals. Royal Canin is veterinary approved.

What human food should I avoid feeding my cat?

The ASPCA outlines the following list of foods that you should avoid feeding your cat:

  • Milk - by the time cats are adults, they become lactose intolerant

  • Caffeine & Chocolate

  • Alcohol

  • Nuts & Raisins

  • Raw/Undercooked meat, raw eggs, bones

  • Onions, garlic

  • Salt

How can I come up with an original name for my cat?

Naming your cat is an important decision since both you, and your cat, will be living with the decision for years and years to come - but it's also a lot of fun! You are more than welcome to keep the name your cat was given at the Whiskers Shop, however, you are also free to choose a new, permanent name! 
Some additional names that are becoming more popular include: Katniss (from "The Hunger Games" trilogy), Hermione (from the Harry Potter series), Loki and Thor (from "The Avengers"), Purrfect (Ceelo Green's cat from "The Voice"), and Honey (from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo").

Visit the following websites for more suggestions:​

I'm pregnant. Do I need to get rid of my cat?

You most definitely should NOT get rid of your cat while you're pregnant. You can have a happy, healthy pregnancy, while the cat remains in your care. Click on the following article for some great information on this topic: 

"Pregnant Women: Don't Get Rid of Your Cats!"

Lost Cats

Click on the following links for other helpful cat-related information:
 

Kittens
Adult Cats
Seniors

Litter Boxes & Cleaning
Nail Trimming
Car Travel
Dental Health

Outdoor enclosures are a safe way to let your furrry friend get some fresh air! Click here to learn more.

Free Kittens!?!? 

We see, all too often, the results of pet abandonment. Kittens are never "free" if they are to be cared for properly and as they deserve. 

 

Please educate!  Spay neuter to help control cat overpopulation!

Cat Collars - Safety Tips and Micro-chipping

An identification tag and/or microchip is recommended, just in case kitty does escape from your home. A safety collar, or “breakaway collar,” has an elastic panel that will allow your cat to free herself if the collar becomes caught on something. Using ill-fitting or non "breakaway collars" can be dangerous to cats who risk becoming caught on something, unable to be freed or worse; injured or strangled. 

 

Through micro-chipping, a small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is placed in the scruff of your cat’s neck. The chip has a specific number, which allows the microchip company to access your contact information, such as name, phone number and address, through their database.  Make sure to update this information when needed (Moving, etc...) Information about your cat, such as age, sex, colour and breed is also stored by the company.

Identification tags and/or microchips are essential for your cat’s safety - they make it possible for someone to return your cat to you if he/she should become lost.