Happy Father’s Day: 11 Photos Of Celebrity Cat Dads And Their Kitties [PICTURES]

TORONTO, ON- JUNE 21 Ed Sheeran holds a cat as he co-hosts the 2015 Much Music Video Awards at MuchMusic on Queen Street West in Toronto. June 21, 2015

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th in 2019! Happy Father’s Day to all the cat dads out there!

We want to honor the guys who take good care of the kitties they love all year long. Every cat dad deserves to be treated like a celebrity for a day. Do something special for the kitty daddy in your life!

Here are eleven celebrity cat dads and their favorite felines to celebrate Father’s Day!

1. Ed Sheeran

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2. Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman posing w. pet cat at home in NYC. (Photo by Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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3. Ricky Gervais

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4. Michael J. Fox

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 1988: Actor Michael J. Fox poses with his cat during a 1988 Beverly Hills, California, photo portrait session. Fox, a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work on TV's "Family Ties," also starred in the "Back to the Future" film trilogy. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

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5. Deadmau5

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6. Regis Philbin

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Television personality Regis Philbin poses with his pet cat Ashley at the Live with Regis and Kelly Studio September 12, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Animal Fair Media/Getty Images)

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7. Russell Brand

8. Mark Twain

Mark Twain Holding Cat on Lap (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

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9. Macklemore

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10. Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani and Cat (Photo by �� Vittoriano Rastelli/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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11. Ian Somerhalder




Which celebrity cat dad is your favorite? Are you going to celebrate Father’s Day with a cat dad and a feline you love? Let us know in the comments below!

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Woman With Childhood Dream Of Helping Animals Opens Home To Cats During Canada Wildfires

When Judi Derksen was a little girl growing up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, her dream was to open a pet shelter for all the homeless animals there. Now living near Alberta, Canada, her dreams have become a necessity. With wildfires raging across the area, her local animals need her more than ever.

Photo: @AlbertaWildfireInfo – The Chuckegg Creek wildfire (HWF-042)

The Chuckegg Creek Fire has now burned over 130,000 hectares, or more than 500 square miles! More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from the town of High Level. And countless numbers of wild and domestic animals are battling to survive in the chaos. Fortunately, Judi’s barn has been transformed into a haven for a number of them. Her childhood dream of helping animals has now become a reality. 

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

With more than a dozen wildfires burning across Alberta, hundreds of square mile of land is being decimated.

The images of the smoke rolling in from afar are certainly apocalyptic. Residents rushed to grab irreplaceable belongings when the mandatory evacuation orders came in. But with warm temperatures, no rain in the future and gusty winds, it quickly turned life-threatening.

Photo: Facebook Mackenzie County firefighters

Firefighters and EMT’s from near and far have come to lend a hand. Evacuation centers and animal shelters are doing everything they can to help. As of Tuesday morning, the reports were shocking.

  • There are 154 structural firefighters that continue to establish and maintain structural protection on homes in the Town of High Level and on other critical values at risk within Mackenzie County.
  • Alberta Wildfire has 360 firefighters along with 28 helicopters on this fire. There are more resources arriving daily.
  • The town of High Level was successfully evacuated as of 10:00 p.m. May 20, 2019.
  • Firefighters have completed a successful controlled burn technique to create a containment boundary along highway 35 south of High Level, highway 58 west of High Level and the fire perimeter, as weather conditions allowed firefighters to do so.

    Photo: @TownofHighLevel

But in this community, even the citizens are willing to help their neighbors anyway they can during the wildfires. 

When the residents began to flee, as with many wildfires, some family pets were unable to be found. Within the chaos, they may have chosen to hide or for those who are indoor/outdoor, they also ran. Now the daunting task of catching, trapping and/or rounding them up could begin as others battled the blaze.

Photo: https://edmontonjournal.com

Crystal McAteer, Mayor of High Level, addressed the inquiries of the town’s elderly and the furry-residents on the town’s Facebook page. 

I am concerned about the pets some people left at home, in their garages and back yards, when they evacuated. We have volunteers who can check on your pets and ensure they are safe, watered and fed.

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

Please contact the town of High Level at 780 926-2201 to register, tell us where the seniors are located or indicate if you left a pet behind. I look forward to providing a further update on the situation tomorrow.

When the Judi and her husband Jeff heard the plea, they were quick to reach out to help. They contacted the town coordinators, offering some empty space in their barn and numerous unused cages.

The Derksen’s residence is now home to 13 cats who’ve escaped the “Chuckegg Creek Wildfire”. 

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

Emergency crews rescued the felines and brought them to the Derksen barn. To allow for more refugees, the family was able to pair up some cats who got along. They seemed to take comfort in a familiar soul during the wildfire. For feedings, the similar sizes and ages of some cats help to ensure they are all fed accordingly. Any cats that require medication are being treated to be sure no one misses any doses. 

All the cats received a vet checkup and thankfully none were injured in the wildfires. They were more spooked than anything, which is completely understandable. 

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

Each crate has the information on the cats noted as well. This includes the location in which they were found or the address of their owners. They believe they have a mix of some strays and some house cats. 

For the displaced families, many are in locations that do not allow animals. So a few of the cats in Judi’s barn were brought in by these families in need. Until the evacuation orders are lifted, they cannot be with their pets. So they can at least do the next best thing–visit the barn, knowing their cats are being cared for.

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

With the limited space and clashing personalities of 13 cats, Judi has devised a schedule for the felines. 

We have a few very dominant male cats that have been trying to pick fights. And it’s been one of the biggest challenges. But by allowing each cat time out of the cages, they can release their energy and eliminate some aggression. 

For example, Judi starts her day around 7:30 a.m. by “freeing” some of the cats. They eat their breakfasts, get meds and happy play time while Judi cleans the cages and changes their water. Under the circumstances and space limitations, they all have rotating access to the litter boxes, but they’ll adjust accordingly if any issues arise. So far, so good! 

Video screenshots: https://edmontonjournal.com

After that cage is clean, it’s on to the next, and the next, and the next, until well into the evening. This continues each day as she goes about her regular life as mom too. Not an easy task in itself before throwing over a dozen cats and a wildfire in the mix! 

I am also a mother to two little girls, a one year old and a 4 year old. They keep me very busy and are also a great help with the animals. They love having all these animals in our barn and play with them all day!

You can see her that 4-year-old daughter Annistyn is happy to help her mom out with the “tempurrary” residents. Think she is going to follow in her mom’s footsteps regarding her childhood dreams of helping animals?! We sure do.

Photo: https://edmontonjournal.com

Once the wildfire has been extinguished and the evacuation lifted, the animals will rejoin their families. 

If they were strays, they will ideally find a forever home that they can live the rest of their lives in. Until that day arrives, they are safe in the Derksen’s barn. 

The family hasn’t taken on any donations even though others have offered. However when a family has to drop their cat off, they’ve brought the necessities with them. If possible, this is a great benefit since it will provide their own scent on items, leading to more comfort.

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

The Derksen’s are doing this for the animals. Not for fame, not for money and not for recognition.

But in this case, we think they deserve all the recognition and praise we can give them. It’s the everyday animal lovers like them that can REALLY make a difference for even just one animal. And this isn’t the first time they’ve helped animals that have crossed their path.

We have two cats who were strays that we found last fall. We took them in during the winter and they have decided to stay with us.

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

And we recently adopted a stray pup named “Lady”. She was used for breeding, but now she is past her prime and her previous owners didn’t want her anymore.

Photo courtesy of Judi Derksen

If that wasn’t heartwarming enough, Judi shared with us what she and her mother discussed as the rescued cats began arriving. 

When I told my mom what we were doing to help the evacuees and that I was caring for these pets, she said “your childhood dream has finally come true”.

*sniff, sniff*

Thank you to all the firefighters, emergency crews, volunteers and anyone involved in battling the Chuckegg Creek wildfire. News reports now are saying that it is officially larger than the entire city of Calgary! Be safe out there!

Photo: Facebook Mackenzie County firefighters

If you would like to follow the latest news and updates, please like the Town of High Level facebook page. Evacuees are advised to call 1-833-334-4630 for information.

REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP, MICROCHIP YOUR PETS & SPAY AND NEUTER!

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SHOCKING UPDATE On The MORE THAN 300 Cats Discovered In Toronto Apartment Animal Hoard

When we shared this story last week, no one was 100% sure on the number of cats in the animal hoard. Well now we know–and the number is staggering!!! Early estimates were WAY off and later “guess-timates” of 300 cats was utterly shocking.

The city of Toronto has a limit on the number of cats you can own. That number is 6–more than some people could ever imagine having. But for one woman suffering from a severe hoarding mental disorder, her home had quite a higher number. Authorities discovered 300 cats living in her 18th floor apartment!

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

The Toronto Animal Services team knew they needed a lot of help to save that many cats.

And help they received, from numerous shelters and rescue organizations around the area. We finally have the full list of all the agencies involved in saving these felines.

Photo: Toronto Animal Services

Toronto Cat Rescue – 70 cats
Toronto Humane Society
Ninth Life Cat Rescue – 25 cats
OSPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre
Pickering Animal Services
Oshawa Animal Service Center – 42 cats
Etobicoke Humane Society – 9 cats
Northumberland Humane Society
City of Vaughan Animal Services
Bloor Animal Hospital Toronto
Royal York Animal Hospital
NCWL Cat Rescue – 32 cats (3 kittens later born)

Photo: Toronto Animal Services

These groups dropped what they were doing to help the estimated 300 cats. Even though it’s the middle of kitten season and most fosters are completely full. There was no way they could say “no” to these cats in need.

Photo: Oshawa Animal Service Center

One-by-one, the social media posts showing these cute cat faces began showing up. 

Please welcome Gracelynn to NCWL! This sweetie came to us on Tuesday from the apartment in Toronto by Thursday morning she gave birth to 3 kittens at the vet clinic. ~ NCWL Cat Rescue

Photo: NCWL Cat Rescue

At the Etobicoke Humane Society, they were overwhelmed but still accepted felines. Apparently this was not the first hoarding situation they dealt with recently either.

Although sadly we could not help out on a larger scale as we are still recovering from the last hoarding in March. The shelter itself is brimming with cats and our current foster homes are full. A last minute plea for fosters allowed us to help 9 cats from this recent situation.

Photo: Etobicoke Humane Society

We were happy to help and we welcome these sweet souls into our care. All are friendly but some have eye infections and upper respiratory infections. Once they are on the road to recovery and have had a chance to decompress in their foster homes they will be available for adoption.

The team at Oshawa Animal Services were happy to step in and lend a hand too. 

Photo: Oshawa Animal Service Center

We are happy to say that, working alongside the TAS team, we were able to secure and bring back 42! Stay tuned as these sweet babes get vetted and showered with lots of TLC, food and extra snuggles! They are headed towards great lives and will soon be available for adoption. ❤

Photo: Oshawa Animal Service Center

And when the final tally of cats rescued from the animal hoard was announced, it was even more shocking! 

It’s been quite a week. We helped rescue 347 cats from a single apartment and are getting them ready to be adopted to their new homes! 

Yes, you read that right–347 CATS is one 18th floor apartment!

Photo: Toronto Animal Services

So for those of you wondering just where almost 350 cats would be in the small space, get ready to be shocked again. The staff with Toronto Cat Rescue worked tirelessly to ensure every cat was removed. But oh boy is it crazy where they were hiding. 

We found cats behind a toaster, walls, and even inside a couch – about 50 cats were hiding inside a couch!

Photo: Ninth Life Cat Rescue

Now out of the extreme animal hoard conditions, they need our help, open hearts and homes.

Toronto Cat Rescue wants to help spread the word for all involved. There are so many deserving kitties, finding homes for all of them isn’t going to be easy. And with their friendly purrsonalities so far, they certainly aren’t eligible for TNR or barn cat programs. They are clearly happy indoor kitties and we hope they stay that way. Just in very very small groups! 

All of these cats need good homes, and you can go to any one of these agencies to adopt one. Thanks again to all of our partners, and to everyone that has already opened up their homes and hearts. These cats are lucky to have this community behind them. Please share this post and spread the word.

Photo: Oshawa Animal Service Center

Thank you to all the volunteers and workers that helped the cats in this animal hoard. Help educate people on the benefits of spaying and neutering!

REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR and as always, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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300 Cats Discovered In Toronto Apartment Animal Hoard

The city of Toronto has a limit on the number of cats you can own. That number is 6–more than some people could ever imagine having. But for one woman suffering from a severe hoarding mental disorder, her home had quite a higher number. Authorities discovered 300 cats living in her 18th floor apartment!

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

Neighbors had been complaining about the smell of cats for the past 7 years, but no one imagined a hoard this size. 

When the Toronto Animal Services (TAS) were called in, they knew they’d need as much help as they could get. One of the rescues that they work with daily is Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR). Belinda Vandersluis, the Executive Director of TCR, explains their partnership and how they help the Toronto felines.

We work with them every day to take cats from their shelters that are not doing well at the shelter, have medical or behavioural issues or otherwise unadoptable. We take all those cats.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

TCR rescues and adopts out about 2,800 cats each year. And regularly have between 200-300 cats in our programs at any one time.

Their first guesses put the number of cats around 70, and even that is an overwhelming number. The TAS enforcement officers and TCR staff and volunteers showed up on Saturday May 4th. By the end of the day, their original estimate was put to shame as 300 cats were counted in the home.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

About a dozen people were at the crowded apartment, evaluating and removing the cats. There were another dozen volunteers driving cats to foster homes and to veterinary clinics. But for the Toronto Cat Rescue team, they have a wonderfully large foster program.

We have over 1100 volunteers, and 400 foster homes in the Greater Toronto Area as well as the Kitchener Waterloo area. Our unique structure allows us to mobilize quickly in these urgent situations.

The TCR organization ended up taking 70 of the felines from the hoard into their program.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

With 300 cats living in a crowded apartment though, they were surprised at the overall health of the animals. 

Sadly, there were a few deceased cats found in the apartment. But the majority of the [surviving] cats were in surprisingly good shape. No fleas or parasites or major illness were discovered.

There were some dehydrated cats that needed veterinary care right away. And a number of pregnant Queen’s who are now delivering.

Photo Facebook Toronto Cat Rescue; Credit Dana Lear Foster Family

With pregnant cats that are undernourished or very young sometimes the litters do not fair very well compared to cats that are well cared for. We’ll see how it goes as the litters arrive. 

The 300 cats seemed to range in their ages, but many looked to be young. This could account for why they were in such good shape. Being born indoors, 18 floors up, there isn’t a way for them to get outside. The cats living or born on the streets must contend with outside influences and parasites. Something that these indoor felines were able to avoid.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

For the cats rescued from the confined apartment, their futures seem to be bright. 

The main goal for all the cats rescued is to have them eventually find forever homes. But coming from a stressful, crowded environment, they need to be socialized first. This can take months and in some cases, traumatized cats never fully recover. Fortunately, these felines seemed to be loved as well as could be, and it showed. 

These cats are surprisingly social. They are fine with humans, and many are craving attention and snuggles. We won’t need to place cats in barn program. Our foster homes are amazing at socializing and caring for cats of all sorts.

The mother cats are now starting to have their babies. They will all remain in foster care until they are old enough to be fixed and adopted out. 

While the woman will surely receive help for her mental disorder, hopefully she knows her cats are being well cared for. 

All the cats have been removed from the apartment. They are with Toronto Cat Rescue, Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Humane Society and other humane societies and rescues in Toronto.

We [TCR] are getting good reports from our foster homes. Some of the cats are shy and nervous, but many are friendly and very happy to be in a better place. We have already spayed and neutered and vaccinated many of the cats in our care. They are ready for adoption and we’re placing them in our partner pet stores.

Our average length of stay is about 7 weeks in our program, so we expect that most of these cats will be adopted by the summer.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

It was less than a week after the rescue that Toronto Cat Rescue had their first adoption of one of the cats! We’re sure with these now happy and well cared for cats and kittens, there will be lots more in the upcoming weeks. 

Please remember that hoarding is a serious mental disorder and sufferers need our support; not our judgement or criticism.

This is the second large cat hoarding situation [TCR] have been involved with in a month! It’s very important that this NOT continue. It’s a terrible way for cats to live. If you know that someone has too many cats, it is best to report it sooner rather than later.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

Unsterilized cats breed prolifically, and with only a nine week gestation things get out of control VERY quickly. To make a report in the City of Toronto, call 311 and you will be directed to the appropriate department.

If you would like to show your support for Toronto Cat Rescue, please follow them on Facebook. Please visit their website to see how you can donate, volunteer, foster or adopt! They’re always fundraising and would love to see you at their events.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

Thank you to all the volunteers and workers that helped the cats in this hoarding situation. Help educate people on the benefits of spaying and neutering!

Photo courtesy of Toronto Cat Rescue

REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR and as always, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

Related Story: 9 Days After Woman Passes Away, Her Hoard Of More Than 40 Cats Discovered Alone In Home

Related Video: 40+ Cats/Kittens Rescued from Hoarding House

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