My name is Tessa!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Toronto, Ontario - Tessa
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Annex Cat Rescue

Facts about Tessa

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 9766393
  • Hair: Short

Tessa is a former semi-feral kitty who had a rough beginning. She was found on the streets with her kittens, fending for herself for the first 5 years of her life. When she was found, her trapper noticed she had a severe infection in her mouth that required immediate attention. 

Tessa was taken to the vet, who discovered she had one of the most severe mouth infections he had ever seen. The only solution to heal her was to remove all of her teeth except for 2. After her surgery, Tessa went to an experienced socialization foster home. Afraid of people and in pain, Tessa hissed and was afraid of humans for the first month of her stay. She then developed a skin infection as she licked her fur and the infection of her mouth wasn't going away. Tessa was then taken to the vet and had her last 2 teeth removed, and over the course of a month her skin infection all cleared up and she started to become a noticeably relieved and happy kitty.

Free from pain and with lots of TLC, Tessa started coming around. She played for the first time. She purred for the first time. She let her foster mom pet her for the first time. Before we knew it, Tessa was jumping around chasing the laser, playing with mice, interacting with other indoor kitties and coming out of hiding to accept snuggles and pets from her foster mom. Even to the point of sitting up on the couch on occasion! 

Nowadays Tessa loves chasing the laser, chasing strings that her human dangles, receiving snuggles in her own way (not all day long, but yes she likes petting and purrs), rolling around on her back on her favourite bed and she is very playful overall. Several times a day her foster mom will catch her attacking a toy mouse in the hallway. She doesn't let having no teeth stop her from anything! She can eat dry and food and her new home must give her 1 pill 2x a week (easily dropped into a bowl of wet food). 

She can be afraid and worrisome around female cats, or cats with big personalities. Tessa would do best with a gentler, docile male cat (where she feels comfortable to be her big personality self). She should go to a home without dogs or small children as sudden movements scare her. She takes a while to get used to people and must be introduced to a new home gradually, in steps. It'd be ideal for her potential future adopter to visit the foster home several times to bond before bringing her home. Tessa's new home should be pretty quiet, without any easy 'exits' back to the outdoors, such as doors open to the street. 

Tessa is such a treat. She is spunky, playful and has a big personality. This is one happy-tail story of a semi-feral cat being rescued off the street, saved and loved to become a happy indoor kitty. Tessa is living the good life now and will make anyone a happy and lucky human.

About Annex Cat Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Cat Adoption with a Difference

The Annex Cat Rescue began as a group of volunteers living primarily in the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We now have members from all over the city. We share a common bond -- a love of cats and concern for their welfare. We are a non-profit organization and have no government funding.

It is our goal to eliminate cruelty to animals by providing for the fostering and adoption of cats that are homeless, abandoned, or where their owners (through illness, age, or death) can no longer care for them. We try to educate members of our community regarding the proper care of cats and to provide information aimed at reducing the feral, homeless, and abandoned populations. Throughout the year, we assist in the feeding of many feral cat colonies and operate a trap-neuter/spay-return (TNR) program.

Please lend your support to our cause by adopting one of our wonderful cats or by contributing a small donation!


The success of Annex Cat Rescue depends on the dedication of our volunteers -- not just the foster homes and trappers who work hands-on, but also those who support ACR's rescue work behind-the-scenes. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a volunteer, or expanding your work within the organization, please apply online.

Please see our website for some ways you can help. Our experienced volunteers are always there to support you, and even a few hours of your time every month can make a big difference.

Donate money! The Annex Cat Rescue is a registered Canadian charity and thus is able to issue tax receipts for donations over $10.00.

CHEQUES/MONEY ORDERS: Please snail mail your donation (payable to "Annex Cat Rescue") with the donation form that can be printed from our website.

VISA/MASTERCARD/AMEX: Now you can also make a secure online donation with your credit card or through your bank's e-mail money transfer system! Visit to contribute and receive an E-receipt for your gift.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

The Annex Cat Rescue is a grassroots community organization. We are 100% non-paid volunteer-run. Our organization attempts to make a real difference for the homeless, stray and abandoned cats in this city through direct intervention and education. Every day, many people turn to us for help when Toronto Animal Services cannot.

ACR does *not* run an animal shelter. All of our cats/kittens live in volunteer foster homes across Toronto where they are allowed to blossom and grow in a "home" environment (rather than in cages), and where they receive individual attention and love.

While this prevents possible behavioural problems associated with caging animals, this also allows us to get to know each animal intimately and thus we can make excellent matches with adopters. Potential adopters are required to make appointments to view the animals in their respective homes.

Our organization is "no kill". This means that cats in our care remain in foster homes are not euthanized (except for dire humane reasons). City shelters do not have such a policy.

Our Adoption Process...

If you are thinking of adopting a cat or kitten, please contact us. Annex Cat Rescue has matched over 1000 cats and kittens with good adoptive homes since our group started!

Annex Cat Rescue cats live in real homes with our foster volunteers -- not in cages! This way, the cats live in normal homes and receive good food and medical care -- and lots of personal attention. We get to know each cat, so we can help you find the best cat for you. It's kind of like a kitty match-making service!

All of our cats are vaccinated, have been de-wormed, and are spayed or neutered once they reach six months of age.

We are always available if you have questions or concerns as your new cat is adjusting to your home.

Here is our adoption process:

  • Please leave a voice mail or email.

  • One of our Adoption Team volunteers will contact you to find out more about the kind of kitty you are looking for. We will suggest which of our cats might be the best match for you, and put you in touch with a few foster homes for you to contact.

  • You can go and visit the cat in the foster home and see if you think it's a match.

  • If you fall in love on the spot (so easy with kitties!) we ask you to go home and think about it overnight, since it's an important decision for you and for the kitty.

  • Then, if it's a match, you can bring your cat carrier (and the adoption fee -- which is modest and does not cover all of our expenses) then take your kitty home! We ask all adopters to sign our adoption agreement, which just sets out some basics so we all understand our roles, with the kitty's best interests first and foremost!

  • A day or two later, we'll call you to make sure all is well and provide any suggestions that might be helpful, if needed.

The Annex Cat Rescue's motto is "Cat Adoption with a Difference." If the adoption does not work out (a rare occurrence, in part due to our excellent "match-making"!), whatever the reason, the cat will always be welcomed back to our organization. We want the best for our kitties!

Please contact us today!