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The Purrington Post Vol 1. Issue 2

Pet Safety Tips for the Holiday Season  

The holiday season should be an exciting and joyous time but each year thousands of pets will need emergency veterinary care for injuries and illness caused by festive decorations and food.

Tinsel, poinsettia plants, candles, chocolate and Christmas lights are popular holiday traditions but they are some of the most dangerous items in your home for both cats and dogs. 

Take a minute to review these easy holiday safety tips from Pet MD and help your pet stay happy and healthy. 


Craig Street Cats faces operational emergency 

The Craig Street Cats account at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital has grown to more than $10,000 for services performed during the summer and fall.  

"We really value the relationship we have with Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital and in addition to providing our cats and kittens with great care, they have been very accommodating in providing an account for us," says Lynne Scott, Executive Director of Craig Street Cats.

"We have reached our credit limit and cannot seem to make headway despite our recent fundraising efforts. A number of very expensive emergency cases combined with our intake of more than 350 of feral kittens during the summer, has put us in a desperate situation."

Scott added that if Craig Street Cats cannot clear its account with Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital by the end of December, the organization will only be able to take cats in for care when they have enough cash on-hand to pay vet costs upfront. Craig Street Cats receives no government funding for its work in reducing the feral cat population in Winnipeg and relies on donations from the public to keep the doors open.

One of the most recent emergency cases was Oskie who was found starving and severely injured under a construction trailer. Oskie had a large gaping wound caused by one of her front legs becoming hooked in her collar. The care to surgically close Oskie's wound was $800. Oskie is now healing under the watchful eye of her Craig Street Cats foster family. 

Another such emergency case was Elayne, a small feral kitten found in south Winnipeg. Elayne was dehydrated had a dislocated shoulder combined with a decaying and broken front leg. Sadly, Elayne's injured leg needed to be amputated and she also needed to be spayed and vaccinated before being adopted. The cost to treat Elayne's injury and to spay her was nearly $1200. For an update on Elayne, the three-legged kitten, visit her Facebook page here

If you would like to make a donation to help Craig Street Cats cover its outstanding veterinary care costs, please go to Craig Street Cats - Emergency Vet Care Campaign. You can also call the Adoption Centre at 204-421-1919.


Stock the CSC Pantry! 

January and February can be lean times in the animal rescue business and the shelves are often bare of the essentials like food and cleaning supplies. To help keep the shelves full this winter, Canadian Tire Unicity, 3615 Portage Avenue, is partnering with Craig Street Cats on Saturday, January 4, 2014 for a "Stock the CSC Pantry" event.  

Volunteers from Craig Street Cats will be at the store from 9am to 4pm and will have convenient product vouchers available for shoppers who want to help by purchasing supplies for the shelter. Each voucher will feature an in demand item such as a can of cat food, package of paper towels, or box of cat litter. The supporter will present the voucher to the cashier and the value of the item will be added to the customer's bill. At the end of the event Canadian Tire staff will collect the paid vouchers and prepare Craig Street Cats' order.

For more information about this event, please email  

The Angels of Craig Street Cats: Foster Families 

No animal rescue organization can survive without a team of dedicated foster families.

Fosters provide loving care in their homes for animals that need special care or need to be socialized and taught how to live with humans. Craig Street Cat foster families are some of the best in the world! 

Right now there are more than 100 Craig Street Cats living in foster care. Some of these cats have been living with their foster family for an extended period and we are actively trying to find them furever homes through the use of social media and monthly adoption events. 
To view photos of our cats and kittens currently living in foster homes, visit Craig Street Cats - Foster Cats

Interested in becoming a Craig Street Cats Foster? Visit Craig Street Cats - Foster Families or call us at 204-421-1919 for more information. 


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Craig Street Cats - Volunteer Spotlight 

Many Craig Street Cats volunteers have been with the organization for many years and one such volunteer is Doreen A. We contacted Doreen A., through her Facebook account for her spotlight interview and this spunky senior was quick to respond. 

Q. How long have you been volunteering with Craig Street Cats?

A. I started helping out at Craig Street cats in 2009 to give me something to look forward to after I lost my husband and moved into an apartment. Before that I used to feed strays that came to my backyard and my husband and I even built a shelter lined with straw and a battery warmer to keep them warm at night. 

Q. What sort of jobs do you do at Craig Street Cats?

A. I have some physical limitations so I volunteer doing light duties such as dusting and dishes, and of course, providing the cats with lots of cuddles and love. I also volunteer at special events to sell raffle tickets etc. I think at 75 I still have a lot to offer and hope to keep on volunteering for as long as I can

Q. Tell us about your own cats.

A. I have 2 cats, Rocky and Thyme who were both fosters fails that I ended up adopting. Rocky is a really big boy at 19 lbs and Thyme is a shy calico tabby
but she is finally learning to trust me after 3 years. 

In addition to volunteering at Craig Street Cats, Doreen is an active advocate for the humane treatment of feral cats. She is currently running an online petition to raise awareness regarding the euthanization of feral cats. Click here for more information on Doreen's petition.

If you are interested in volunteering for Craig Street Cats, please signup online at Craig Street Cats - Volunteers


Fundraising Recap and Special Thank Yous 

Our fundraising and events committee has had a busy November and start to December! 

On Saturday, November 23, St Paul's Fort Garry Anglican Church hosted a Craig Street Cats Foster Adoption and Volunteer Fair. Finding public space that will accommodate live animals is challenging so we very much appreciate the support of The Reverend Canon Geoff Woodcroft and church members. Reverend Geoff has also visited the Adoption Centre to provide a blessing of our cats, staff and volunteers.

Many thanks to the students of Elmwood High School, who joined us for their Day of Giving on December 5. Our adoption centre got a thorough cleaning and the critters got a lot of love! View photos of this fun day here

Our ongoing "Stock the Bar Raffle" is nearly sold out and winners of $500 of MLCC gift cards will be drawn on December 30, 2013. Tickets are $5 each and available at the Adoption Centre. Craig Street Cats Calendars are also available at the Adoption Centre for $15. Thank you to and Warm Hands Animal Reiki for purchasing calendar ad space. Warm Hands Animal Reiki can be reached at 204-889-8637. 
This fall Craig Street Cats volunteers collected donated cat treats and toys and made more than 60 holiday gift bags for cats. All monies raised through the 
sale of the gift bags is being donated to the Adoption Centre.
Gift bags are $7 each and contain 2 full-size bags of treats (like Temptations), 2 toys and 1 catnip knot. (See photo.) 

On Saturday, December 7, our good friends at Anarchy Hair Salon held their 2nd "Clips for Cats" event and raised $175 for us. Thank you to Jodi Newman for her continuing support.

Our Annual Holiday Craft and Shopping event on Sunday, December 1 was a smashing success and raised more than $4,000 for the Adoption Centre. Big thanks to all our crafters, volunteers, baked goods donors, and the Clifton Community Centre for their help. And thank you to Panago Pizza for the delicious pizza that helped feed our volunteers. To view photos of this event, click here.

The Annual Craig Street Cats Holiday Open House was held on December 14 and 15. The bake sale and gift basket raffle raised more than $2500. Thank you to our volunteers who helped get the Adoption Centre in tiptop shape and who worked the event. And big thank you to everyone who donated prizes and baking. 

We would like to send a special thank you to the Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital for their dedication to assisting Craig Street Cats. The staff at Fort Garry organized two Santa photos events and helped raise much needed funds to be used towards our vet care bills. Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital is located 1444 Pembina Hwy and they have offered all cats adopted from Craig Street Cats a 10% discount for life, on vet services. For more information on the Craig Street Cats Alumni discount, please contact Craig Street Cats by phone at 204-421-1919

Upcoming Events

Stock the CSC Pantry

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Time: 9am to 4pm
Canadian Tire Unicity
3615 Portage Avenue

Foster Adoption Event

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Best West Pet Foods
1150 St. James Street
Time: 11am to 4pm


Save the Date!

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Spay-Ghetti Dinner


Craig Street Cats relies on the generosity and support of donors like you. We receive no government funding for our work in helping to humanely manage Winnipeg's feral cat population. 

To make an online donation, please visit

If you would like to contribute specifically to our outstanding vet bills, please click on the button below:


We would also be happy to receive your donation by phone at 204-421-1919 or by mail at: 
Craig Street Cats
489 Madison St.
Winnipeg, MB, R3J 1J2


Our Wish List

Adult Wet Cat Food – Friskies Pate is preferred

Kitten Formula - KMR or Nutrience brands

Canned Pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie filling)

Gift Cards: Costco/Canadian Tire/Superstore etc.

2 laptops to help with intake and adoptions

Dry Kitten and Adult Cat Food
Clumping Cat Litter
Wood Stove Pellets
Paper Towels
Hand Sanitizer
Black Garbage Bags
Kitchen Garbage Bags
Latex Gloves
Dish Soap
Mr. Clean
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Cat Toys
Postage Stamps
A9 and A6 Envelopes
Bernat Handcrafters Cotton
Silent Auction Prizes
Canadian Tire Money
Donations can be dropped off at the Adoption Centre at 489 Madison Street during business hours.

Craig Street Cats - November Stats

Number of Adoptions: 45

Number of cats/kittens in foster care: 100

Number of cats/kittens at the Adoption Centre: 175

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