Cat-A-Match Rescue
Nuk Nuk Kiki
Nuk Nuk - friendly, playful & loving - looking for a good home Kiki says,
"I love people"

CAT-A-MATCH RESCUE

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PROMOTING 'GUARDIANSHIP' AND NOT OWNERSHIP OF THESE LOVING COMPANIONS.

Cat-a-Match Rescue (C.A.M.R.) is a Canadian registered charity Bus./Registration No. 81279 1069 RR0001 designated as a CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION.


IF YOU TRIED TO SEND US MAIL DURING THE PAST 3 MONTHS WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE; it may be returned. We had changed our mailing address to:
P.O. BOX 45548
Chapman Mills, Ottawa, ON
K2J 0P9
Please take note of this new address immediately and no longer send mail to any previous mailing addresses. Thank you

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We can only continue saving lives with the Public's generous support - we are not funded by any agencies or government bodies.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE DONATED THIS YEAR AND ALSO THROUGH THE UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN

Please click on the CANADA HELPS button Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org! Faire un don maintenant par CanadaHelps.org!
CANADA HELPS will automatically send a tax receipt for all donations of $25 or more.


Apologies - we are presently in the midst of resolving computer issues. We will be updating this site in the next week or so. Thank you.

We hope you can take a few moments to view each of our lovely, healthy felines here waiting to love you!

WHO WE ARE:
We like to call our place a "LET LIVE SAFE HAVEN"
where cats can hopefully stay for their lifetimes if they don't find their forever homes. For more than 20 years, more than 1000 cats have passed through our doors, mostly from the streets; most of them seriously injured or sick and would never have survived without intervention. Others we saved moments from euthanasia. As soon as they are well, they are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and we insure our adopters that they are healthy before they leave. Sometimes a cat will need a little extra care due to some minor health issues, but we have done the hard work and the cat only needs you for the TLC. We also try to insure that each cat's personality matches to the adopter's home and lifestyle.

TO ADOPT:
It is important that BEFORE contacting us by phone or e-mail , that you agree with the ADOPTION CRITERIA below. PRIOR TO VISITING THE SHELTER we require an APPLICATION which we will gladly send you on request. See ADOPTION PROCEDURE below under our list of Adoptable Pets on this page. Adopting the right animal companion is a lifetime commitment. You will receive from us valuable information about the health and behavior regarding any pets that you have interest to adopt as well as the latest information on pet care. We want to insure that both you and the pet you choose are a purrfect match.

OUR SHELTER NEEDS HELP!!

Last year we did not receive enough funds to install a heating system, therefore we had to rely on electric heaters, and, because we are under Hydro One Ontario, the most expensive in the country, as of August 25, 2015, our balance owing is $750.00 and winter is fast approaching.

Thank you to our supporters, we are extremely grateful. We have some cats in urgent need of medical attention and more donations are greatly needed at this time. Please contact our shelter by telephone (no computer right now). We can put you in touch with our veterinarian to make donations directly to the clinic; Tucker needs urgent dental surgery; Buttons requires an examination; Charmant has ongoing issues with allergies and needs a biopsy.

OTHER EXPENSES - FUNDS URGENTLY NEEDED TO STAY AFLOAT!
To keep our shelter afloat we are desperately in need of any donations to help us with this balance and our other debts incurred to our vet ($450.00 this year; many have had extensive treatments or surgeries), and with running our shelter (see our Expense/Wish List below). You can view our Tax Return online, our deficit of $5000 this past year means that it was covered by the owner alone, on a Pension income.

Having served this community for over 20 years, apart from running the shelter solo and rescuing more abandonedcats, the owner has also run a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for the public, STERILIZING OVER 1200 CATS. Based on a female having 2 litters per year and 3 kittens surviving who would again reproduce, 2 MILLION cats were not born who would have never found homes and either starved or frozen to death.

OUR SHELTER RESIDENT CATS, past & present:
There are presently 60 CATS and we would like to fine LOVING HOMES for at least 25 BEFORE OCTOBER 2015 so that we can close 2 of our 4 shelters to save our electric expense! Many of our past adopters still keep in touch and it's just a thrill to hear from them years later. Why else would we do this 'crazy work'? Because when we find these innocent souls without food or shelter, and often injured on the brink of death, we promise them that they will never have to suffer again!

Please contact us by e-mail for our ADOPTION APPLICATION (pls see our Adoption Procedure below).
Each of our cat's profiles and rescue stories are on this site, accessed by clicking on their photos below.
All cats are neutered/vaccinated and in good health and we will provide you with their complete health & behaviour history.

OUR EXPENSES/WISH LIST

FOOD & LITTER: Often we do not receive enough food donations & we will spend $80/week on regular food, plus a few of our kitties also require a special diet. Litter is $100/week.

CLEANING SUPPLIES: Paper towels, etc., $25/week

EMERGENCY VETERINARY COSTS : Including ongoing medications for a few cats - $100/month, plus surgeries, etc.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE & SUPPLIES : Plumbing repairs, etc. - this year total over $600

CAR REPAIRS/REPLACEMENT : The car will not go through the winter!

If you would like to help in any other capacity, we are also hoping for: - Property Maintenance Volunteers
- Foster Homes
- Computer Help
- Fundraising (need a person to assist our past volunteer with a very fun & easy fundraiser - ONE NIGHT EVENT in late September)
- A CAR

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FARLEY FOUNDATION for their help with receiving 4 donations from individuals donating their old cars.
Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Cat-A-Match Rescue. We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you Donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Cat-A-Match Rescue through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your Charity to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete Cat-A-Match Rescue will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!
Click Here to donate a vehicle through Donate A Car Canada.

THANKS TO ALL PAST ADOPTERS & DONORS FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND LOVE OF OUR WONDERFUL FURRY COMPANIONS.

FEATURED FELINE: MEET TATIANA
Meet Tatiana
TATIANA has been at our shelter since the age of about 2 years, and is now going on 9...BUT WAIT...DID YOU EVER MEET A PURRFECT CAT WITH SUCH AN UNUSUAL COAT AND COLOUR?! She is a Silver Tabby, with orange nuances and a white undercoat. Not only is she pretty, but she adores humans and wants to be your only girl. She is very undemanding, but so attentive to YOU ONLY, SHE ACTUALLY TALKS BACK GENTLY, and she also plays by herself like a little kitten! WAIT...this is what is so incredible: Tatiana has gone to 3 homes and they all adored her, but she has had some bad luck as each home had situations where shortly after she had just settled in, they were transferred too far away to bring her. WE JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THERE ISN'T THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO WOULD BE THE LUCKY ONE TO BE LOVED BY TATI-GIRL FOREVER!! By the way, she has always been in excellent health.


FEATURED FELINE: MEET PIEDRO
Meet PIEDRO


Piedro is a long hair GORGEOUS BOY who is kind to all other cats, unless, of course, they would pick on him, but he will not fight - he prefers love. He is friendly, although would do best with older children who are used to cats. All our cats love dogs.

FEATURED FELINE: MEET PEETIE
Meet Peetie
PEETIE is a sweet kitty born in 2013. Even though he is long hair angora he is low maintenance and does not mat. Peetie loves to play with other cats and is friendly and undemanding. He would do best with another kitty to have fun with.


MEET ALL OUR ADOPTABLE KITTIES
(Use the scroll bar to see all of them)


PROCEDURE FOR ADOPTION or TO FOSTER:
Kindly take a few minutes to view all of our lovely felines above.

Please read below our Adoption Procedure and Criteria; then e-mail us to request an Application/Questionnaire. After our review (1 day) we will contact you to make an appointment for you to come and visit all of our resident kitties to see if you make that 'special connection'.

PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOUR COUNSELLING/THERAPY FOR FELINES:
The shelter's owner is an expert in feline behaviour, trained in Behavior Science Technology (human). Has 12 yrs of years of hands-on experience with ongoing research in this field. This is a 6-week treatment program to help the cat companion understand feline behaviour and to retrain/rehabilitate kitty's unwanted behaviour. This professional service is offered for a minimal donation to help support the shelter's expenses.


THERE IS NO GREATER REWARD THAN TO RECEIVE THE LOVE AND TRUST OF A ONCE TERRORIZED AND HELPLESS ANIMAL RESCUED FROM DEATH'S DOOR
We have adopters from as far as London, Toronto and Kingston, Ontario plus Montreal, Quebec and have A-1 references from our adopters and our veterinarian.

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO READ OUR ADOPTION PROCEDURE BELOW. THANK YOU!

It's worth an hour's drive to receive a lifetime of unconditional love!
Located just 1 hour East of Ottawa or 45 minutes West of Montreal, off Highway 417.

We invite you to call 613-209-1105 between noon and 9:00 P.M., 7 days a week for the best and fastest response to your queries.

BONUS: All of our adopters receive a Health & Behaviour Guide, which we have written from years of research and hands-on care; from "Preparing your New Kitty to Arrive" to "Signs & Symptoms of various Health-Related Illnesses". Of course, we also offer our assistance at anytime, by phone, to our adopters.

ADOPTION PROCEDURE AND CRITERIA:

    1. Criteria for Adoption:
  • Among our Criteria for accepting you as a potential adopter, are:
  • You must be 26 years of age or over (if you are between 21 & 26 and meet the other requirements, we may consider your application)
  • You must be gainfully employed
  • You must provide a vet reference or, 2 personal references
  • Cats must be INDOOR ONLY, TETHERED, or in a properly built CAT ENCLOSURE; you can find enclosures for any type of yard or window online! (Did you know that the average lifespan of cats at large is only 2-3 years, so why take this chance?)
  • Cats MUST NEVER BE DECLAWED
  • Your present cats must be altered and vaccinated
  • You must agree to an adoption follow-up visit


  • 2. Adoption Procedure:
  • We would like to talk with you by phone to discuss our adoption criteria and basically to determine whether we may have a suitable companion for you
  • We will then send you our Adoption Questionnaire, which will be reviewed, and, if all is in order for a visit, an appointment is made for you and your family.
  • You will be able to take your time meeting all of our resident kitties and play with them and see if you make that 'special connection'. During your visit we will provide you with information on the cats that might be the best candidates and that interest you; we will also give you our Adoption Contract to review at home.
  • We then ask that you reflect on your decision carefully and call us if you have any further questions; we may also call you to inform you whether we believe that there is a good potential for an adoption.
  • Because the transition to a new home/territory for a cat is quite stressful, we will be bringing your new companion to your home. Additionally, to help prepare you for the new arrival, we will forward our ADOPTION GUIDELINES OF HEALTH & BEHAVIOUR which will be helpful in caring for your companion for it's lifetime; advice is provided to our adopters free for the lifetime of the cat.
  • Our requested donation for adoption is $165.00 ($190 for kittens), and a small donation for our delivery costs. This adoption donation often covers only a minimal amount of the costs we must expend for veterinary services, etc.. We will complete the Adoption Contract on the delivery date.


OUR GUARANTEE
  • When the cat is brought to your home, we are guaranteeing that it is in good health. We will provide you with its history of health and behaviour, (in writing and verbally), from the time it entered our shelter. Due to budget constraints, we are unable to test each cat for FELV/FIV, however, many cats who stay healthy and have been in our shelter for more than 6 months and are not prone to catching colds, etc., remaining healthy, is a good indicator that they may not have or develop these immune-deficiency diseases. If we suspect otherwise, we will have the cat tested and these results are given to the adopter.
  • We offer a Lifetime Return Policy, and any cat adopted who cannot be kept MUST be returned to us. Because we go the extra mile to insure you will have a healthy and well-adjusted cat, we ask only that you will keep him safe and well cared for it's lifetime, and respect our adoption terms and policies of adoption.


  • MANY THANKS FROM ALL OUR RESIDENT KITTIES! meeeoww!

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • 1 lone female cat will produce 11,801 cats surviving in only 5 years
    • How can you help? PASS THE WORD SPAY/NEUTER IS THE ONLY SOLUTION. You can choose to be part of the solution or a part of the problem of overpopulation and senseless suffering.
    • FACT: It is a proven fact that there is a definite link between ANIMAL CRUELTY and HUMAN VIOLENCE - stray and abandoned animals are the FIRST VICTIMS of human cruelty!

    POPULAR MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS:

    • Long hair cats shed: No, short hair cats can shed MORE than long hair - some long hair cats don't shed at all.
    • Adopting adults cats vs. adopting kittens: It is totally untrue that an adult cat will not learn your habits; because of his maturity (1 year plus), the adult cat understands your rules faster and can adapt within 3 to 6 weeks, as opposed to a kitten that you must train on a daily basis for 5 or 6 months.
    • Kittens are best with small children: No, on the contrary, small children (under age 6) MUST be supervised with ANY animal. IT IS AN ANIMAL, NOT A TOY! Adult cats can more easily leave the grip of a small child who has not yet developed the motor skills to properly hold it; whereas many kittens who are unable to escape may soon become aggressive, fearful or even biters as they mature. Shelters often get these 5-6 month old kittens that we try to rehabilitate and win back their trust. We adults all too often forget that a young child NATURALLY also follows its survival instincts and learns the cat's habits by body language. Again, with proper supervision and by watching how the parent handles the pet, children will benefit from this special bond that will enrich their entire lives.
    • Declawing Cats will protect young children and furniture
      1. It is a fact that a large majority of declawed cats more often bite as they have no other way of defending themselves. We can only emphasize to parents that young children (especially under age 6) MUST be supervised with any animal.

      2. Cats MUST LEAVE THEIR SCENT ON THEIR PARTICULAR TERRITORY. This is their natural instinct. They must open their claws to release their own scent from the pads on their feet. At the same time nature provides the TREE AS A NATURAL FILING TOOL for the cat's claws. If cats were given what they naturally need, i.e. wooden or jute cord, minimum 3-foot high scratching posts, there is no need to declaw. INSTEAD OF HANDICAPPING THE CAT TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR HOME, PLEASE BRING THE OUTDOORS INTO YOUR HOME TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR COMPLETELY PERFECT FELINE. (We have adopted out clawed cats into homes that are pristinely decorated - with great success).
    • REMEMBER: You must take the time (3 to 6 weeks) to properly introduce and train your new cat to his new environment, and supply the necessary equipment.
    • NOTE: We can conclude, from personal experience, that from those cats we have rescued "to be euthanized", only 2% of the clawed cats had behaviour problems. However, 85% of the declawed cats had problems such as improper elimination. We believe this is due to how declawed cats perceive stress/change. (We will be glad to explain these issues).
    • There are many more myths - too many to respond to here (i.e. nutrition & cat diseases).

    IN REMEMBRANCE

    It is a lighter load that we carry each long day (sometimes without immediate solutions) by remembering the reasons why. We will never forget those grateful hearts who have passed through here, now gone, but we are comforted in the knowledge that they are watching over us. This year has been especially difficult as we have lost 5 to cancer, one to UTI, another suddenly but peacefully in his sleep, and another to a fatal disease. They were given the best veterinary care and treatments and only when quality of life was lost did we make the painful but necessary decision to say goodbye. This is the ONLY REASON FOR EUTHANASIA.

      Jazz - The shelter owner's first cat, and what a cat! He departed too soon, at the tender age of 6 tragically, and after this loss the owner vowed that no other animal crossing her path would be left to suffer alone. We believe it was indeed a DIVINE PLAN that he left so soon to make room for the thousands rescued that might not have otherwise been saved!

      Located 1 hour east of Ottawa, just off Hwy 417, and 45 minutes from downtown Montreal.


    Cat-A-Match Rescue
    P.O. Box 45548
    Chapman Mills, Ottawa, ON K2J 0P9
    Phone: 613-209-1105

    Email: catamatchrescue@hotmail.com
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