Who We Are
Louise Hindle and Pearl
Based on Ottawa, Ontario, Cat Rescue Network (CRN) is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization established in 1999 that is committed to rescuing abandoned and feral cats overlooked by the city’s animal welfare services. As we do not have a facility, all of the cats we rescue live with volunteers in thier homes (foster families) until they are adopted. Due to our lack of "overhead", we are able to put all donations towards the medical bills of our rescues.
Louise Hindle, the founder of Cat Rescue Network (see right) has been involved in animal rescue for over 20 years. Its primary goal was and is to give neglected animals a second chance at finding a loving home. Louise also wanted to bring animal rescues together to help one another by sharing resources - this precipitated the name Cat Rescue "Network". We often work with start-up animal rescues to promote ethical rescues and ensure they have the tools and information necessary to begin humanly helping the animal population.
There are hundreds of homeless kittens and cats in our region. Human apathy and neglect have forced them to forage for survival. They congregate in parks, wooded areas, and alleyways; anywhere they can find food and shelter. Left to fend for themselves, their lives are a constant struggle against the cold, disease, accidents and predators. A common misunderstanding when someone sees a cat on the street is that they are wild and undomesticated. In fact, many of these cats are lost or abandoned - friendly domesticated animals who desperately need someone to stop and help them.
Cat Rescue Network is trying to save these animals from a miserable and lonely existence. With your help, we can get these cats off the streets, out of dangerous environments, and into foster homes where they’ll receive the medical treatment and attention they need before being adopted into a loving forever home.
Thank you for making a difference!
If you are interested in making a one-time donation (where we can guarantee it will go towards medical care for our foster animals), please click on "Donate" to the right and visit our Donate page to learn how you are making a difference.
If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor or to view our current sponsors, please visit our corporate sponsors page.
If you are interested in becoming a Guardian Angel by sponsoring one of our rescued cats please visit our Guardian Angel Page.
How We Make a Difference
Cat Rescue Network's motto is to "until there is none, save one". We live out this motto by responding to emergency situations and taking in cats off the street. These cats do directly into foster care, volunteers' homes, where they begin to receive the love and medical attention they deserve. The best way to tell you how we make a difference is to sponsor one of our cats. Old Grey (on the right) is one of our many success stories.
As we are 100% volunteer-run, we rely on your help to continue saving the Old Grey's in the Ottawa area. There are many ways you can help us:
1. Foster homes are desperately needed
2. We need volunteers - drivers, fundraisers, etc.
3. We need donations - all donations go towards the vet bills for our cats in foster care
4. We need you to adopt cats and kittens looking for their forever homes
Big Grey had the battle scars to prove how cruel life on the street could be. A kind man allowed him to use a derelict car as a home until he could be taken indoors. His eyes were so seriously infected that he was almost blind, his bones ached with arthritis, yet this gentle big cat still loved people and other animals, especially kittens. He was so used to being treated cruelly that he would soil himself if picked up, yet he trusted people. Big Grey finally was taken indoors where he became a cherished pet and lived the rest of his days surrounded by love and attention. Visit our Happy Tails page and you will see why we rescue cats!
Thank you to our supporters...