Author - alannah
alannah | July 11, 2015
Please help us raise money for the VOKRA kitties
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Every year, we run a series of fundraising events to support our VOKRA kitties. Our Walk for the Kitties is the major fundraising event; we depend on it for crucial operating funds.
We're really counting on support from our VOKRA family!
Help us reach our goal of $50,000
You can help!
Here's how to get involved.... Just 5 simple steps
|CHOOSE YOUR KITTY||
We've chosen some spokeskitties to represent a variety of VOKRA activities.
Whose story resonates with you?
Let us know that you’re walking for the kitties. And which team you’ll belong to!
At the walk, you’ll receive a swag bag with a t shirt and other goodies.
Ask your friends, family, and others to support you in walking for the kitties. The walk itself is a celebration of the support you've been able to gather.
Come join us for the walk – rain or shine!
Congratulate yourself on doing a good thing.
alannah | February 11, 2015
Come and join us February 22nd for the 4th Annual Oscars at the Morrissey!
Complimentary appetizers and great fun!
100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and silent auctions go to the two charities.
Always a great time! Will you win the "Best Dressed Award?"
alannah | January 25, 2015
Join us tonight for a Pub night benefitting VOKRA!
Silent auction and 50/50 draw as well!
January 25, 6 pm to 9 pm
No, you don't have to be a football fan. We just thought it would be fun to have one of our kittens dressed up and playing football. Isn't he cute?
Tickets available at the door. $20 gets you a burger and beer (or wine, if you prefer). Veggie burgers available, of course!
alannah | January 1, 2015
A message from VOKRA's Karen Duncan
As we launch into 2015 I want to say how much all of us appreciate the support VOKRA is given. We receive that support each day from our donors and supporters, our cat care and reception volunteers at our Operations Centre, our drivers, our fosters, our adoptions team, our foster co-ordinators, our new medical team, our TNR trappers, our foster interviewers, our volunteer coordinators, our photography team, our vaccination team, our barn volunteers, our database managers, our gift card sales coordinators, and many more. It is thanks to the dedication of all these people that we saw VOKRA grow and get stronger in 2014. Thank you.
Things have changed a great deal since 1999 when Maria and I started trying to organize a group to care for the tiny orphan kittens who had no hope of surviving without round the clock care. As we have grown, the need for bottle feeders has gone down, due primarily to TNR work done by us and other groups around the Lower Mainland. But the need has grown in other areas and we continue to rescue abandoned and homeless cats and kittens in huge numbers. Over 1825 kittens and cats came into our care this year. Clearly, fifteen years later, VOKRA is still very much needed.
This past year has been one of enormous change for us. In Nov 2013 we took possession of our new building and, after years of running things primarily from my home, we began four long months of creating our dream Intake Centre. Massive amounts of work were done in locating and leasing the building and designing it. People came forward to build the pods, paint, and refinish the floors. Wonderful low cost (and sometimes no cost!) furnishing and building supplies were found through connections to the film & television production community. Generous cash donations made the rest possible. So many people contributed their time, talents and resources to make our dream come true. What started out as a huge, empty warehouse space was transformed into our amazing Operations Centre and we continue to be grateful to everyone who made it happen. Thank you. In March we opened and became extremely busy immediately. No soft opening for us. We hit the ground running and haven't stopped since.
VOKRA officially became a BC Not-for-Profit Society this year (we are already a federal charity) and continued to grow and strengthen both our operations and our governance teams. We welcomed some great new key volunteers and some skilled new members to our Board of Directors. Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to help our organization be the best it can be.
We had an extremely successful 5th Annual Walk For The Kitties, raising over $50,000. Our online auctions, pub nights, Oscar Night at the Morrisey Pub, our first craft sale, our "Donate 6 for Karen's 60th" campaign and, of course, generous individual donations--both monthly and one-time--all helped us meet the enormous needs of our very large no-kill rescue. Thank you to everyone who walked, bid, crafted, partied and, most of all, donated.
Various grants and generous vet clinics helped us spay/neuter owned cats and our TNR teams prevented hundreds of kittens from being born into a world where too many are already without homes of their own. Thank you so much.
VOKRA rescued over 1825 kittens and cats in 2014 with over 1381 of those cats being placed in loving, forever homes. To all our adopters who have opened your homes and your hearts to VOKRA cats, thank you.
Thank you, each of you, for your support of VOKRA cats and kittens in 2014. We could not do any of this without you and your generous gifts of time and donations.
We wish you a very Happy, Healthy New Year. Stay tuned for future plans and dreams in 2015!
Bless you all
Karen Duncan, VOKRA President Emeritus
and all of us at VOKRA
alannah | November 25, 2014
VOKRA is always in need of various items in good to excellent condition!
Items like and not limited to:
- cat carriers
- large wire kennels
- small cat trees and scratchers
- litter boxes
- litter scoops
- litter (pine, newspaper, corn, sweet scoop)
- non-destructive cat toys like ping pong balls
- cat food (Wellness or First Mate)
- printer paper
- heavy duty garbage bags
- sanitary wipes, and of course
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an item and are unsure how to donate or if we accept it.
Thank you for helping kittens like Blaze have a second chance!
alannah | September 22, 2014
We hit the $50,000 milestone!
A thank you message from VOKRA President, Karen Duncan:
"We see a lot of cruelty and sadness in animal rescue work, but the support and kindness we've received from the community keeps us going.
This is the most successful Walk for the Kitties we have ever held and we are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers and donors. The money you raised this year will keep our new operations center running, our supplies flowing, our vet bills paid, which means hundreds of homeless cats and kittens will be saved from the local streets and provided with quality food, shelter, and care."
alannah | May 10, 2014
One of our FABULOUS Facebook auctions is nearing a close, but it's not too late to bid! Auction closes at 9 pm, May 11th.
Lots of beautiful items lovingly selected to appeal to those who like cats (and dogs).
Please bid generously to help support the 400+ cats and kittens that VOKRA currently has in care.
Thank you from the kitties!
alannah | April 30, 2014
Lady Marmalade is helping her person, Marie, fill out tax forms. Good kitty!
VOKRA’s going green and introducing electronic tax receipts so you’ll get future donation receipts by email. If you send donations to us by cheque, please consider adding your email address.
alannah | March 31, 2014
Starting April 1, VOKRA is introducing a new way to support the kitties in our care - Pre-Authorized Withdrawals!
It's easy to get started. Please fill out the authorization form and send it to VOKRA and we'll take care of the rest!
You'll get a tax receipt in January for all your donations from the previous year.
This method is great for VOKRA as we do not pay any processing fees, so we receive the entire amount you designate.
Thank you from the VOKRA kitties!
alannah | March 31, 2014
VOKRA thanks a special young donor
Earlier this month, we received a surprise gift from a young girl named Vanessa. Instead of spending her birthday money on herself this year, Vanessa decided to go on a shopping spree for the kitties at VOKRA. She and her mom, Cindy, asked us what our kitties needed the most, then generously bought lots of the much-needed items on VOKRA’s wish list.
Vanessa was very excited to share her birthday money with VOKRA since she loves kitties. Her donation consisted of 3 flats of Wellness cat food, new cat scratchers, and lots of other kitty supplies.
Here she is sitting in the big chair at VOKRA’s new Operations Center in Vancouver. What a memorable birthday for Vanessa, and a great day for the kitties at VOKRA!
Thank you Vanessa and Cindy!