Rescuing One Cat after Another

Abandoned, discarded, born "on the street", lost, "orphaned" when owner/parent dies (or can no longer look after them) - these cats of all ages, from new born kittens to wise old felines, rely on people to take an interest in them and in their welfare.

Many people in Hamilton do care about them.

When Rescue Hamilton Cats (RHC) started, the greatest concern to cat lovers was the huge number being killed by Hamilton Animal Services (HAS); so, initially our focus was on what was happening there and on rescuing from this city-run shelter. Efforts to curb intake have led to a steady decline in admissions and (predictably) to euthanized rate. With the odds on "getting out alive" now vastly improved and the rate (since 2014) being maintained at levels comparable to other cities, our focus has been broadening.


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Because many of the most desperate Hamilton cats still end up there, getting cats transferred out of HAS (to HBSPCA and other privately funded groups that assume the responsibility/costs for their ongoing care, medical needs and adoption) remains a large part of the local rescue effort. So, we'll be keeping updated on HAS and remaining concerned for the cats who are inside. (See our report prepared February 2016).

In Hamilton, as in other municipalities where there is a large population of vulnerable cats and kittens, no single-solution approach meets all the needs. Because neither the City nor any one organization can possibly have all the answers or all the resources, helping cats requires a co-operative effort between these "big players."

And it relies also on the dedication of the smaller, volunteer-operated groups that are doing much of the "hands-on", "grass-roots" rescue work, and on the involvement of responsible owners, colony caregivers, adopters, veterinarians - and every individual who acts constructively to avert a tragedy.

When rescue stories end happily, more often than not, it's because someone who cares has played some crucial role. 

Over the years, RHC has built a network of informed and concerned citizens who focus their time and attention on what the cats need and what is best for them.


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Rescue Hamilton Cats (RHC) has three objectives:

One cat, another cat, one after another -  saving their lives, finding them homes -
that's what RHC is all about.