Archives - October 2009
kduncan | October 31, 2009
We have a number of pairs that are waiting patiently for homes. hannah and Henry, Boots and Oreo, Boots and Pepper, Fraser and BElla, Laura and Pindy, Wookie and his mom.. lots more.
VOKRA always suggests adopting two kittens if no other cat in home or the other cat is old. We do not suggest this to get kittens out the door, but to make things happiest for both the adopter and the kitties.
They have grown up in a gang of litter mate pals..most with a mom to snuggle up to as well. Imagine suddenly being moved on their own to a new home, with new smells,people and way of life. To have a sibling (or sometimes their mom) move with them makes it so much easier. People ask if it will take away from how the cats are with them..and no, we don't find this. They want their human attention but have each other when you are out. As is written below, they run off energy while you are at work so you don't have kitten on face at night. You can put them in separate room if they are keeping you up and they have each other. While young and foolish...they can be kept in small safe room when you can't watch them and have each other to goof with instead of getting into trouble all over.
Each year we have people saying..oh we'll try it out and see if he is lonely..and then they are back in five months or so saying we were right and wanting to adopt another..The hard time is right at the start. That's when they really need a pal. Introducing a new kitten into a home with one already there is much trickier than just getting the pair right at the start who are already best friends.
Then there are a number of singles Tink, Elsie, Grey, Marilyn a black med hair polydactile who is here with her two short hair brothers.... lots more.. Please take a look and do put whoever you are interested in learning more about in your Favorites when doing the application.
If i have not gotten back on an adoption or foster application...please send a note . I will be doing lots of calls Sat morning..
kduncan | October 28, 2009
Here are the kittens from this litter i have.. Black kittens are really hard to take pictures of!!!
Three went to a foster and three stayed with me. one of mine didn't make it , which is something that often happens , especially since they were only one day when we got them. The eyes are all starting to open since last night.
sweet little buttons.
kduncan | October 21, 2009
These kittens were rescued by Jason and other workers at ABC Recycling . They had a car in crush machine when they heard a yowl...they quickly worked with crowbars etc and took it apart finding the dead mama cat with these little ones under her, untouched. They were really very upset by this and went to work getting the kittens into a warm box .. and looking for help. First spca shelter had no answers..and then they called Burnaby shelter who gave them our number. Maria raced out and gathered them up. They had just been born and cleaned that day.....Thank goodness mama wouldn't have known what happened it was too fast...poor girl. She was likely a feral or lost cat who had somehow found her way into the car yard..and the car.
After spending the first night with Maria, the kittens are here with me and eating really well ....six of them. I could do with a wee bit more sleep and will be discussing that with them later on today.
kduncan | October 17, 2009
Vancouver, Canada. October 16, 2009 – To acknowledge National Feral Cat Day (Oct. 16), the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) urges everyone to think about the outdoor cats that exist in their neighbourhood. These cats can often be seen lurking in alleyways or being fed by kind neighbours – but on National Feral Cat Day, VOKRA hopes to encourage the community to learn more about our four-legged friends and how they ended up living as undomesticated, ‘wild’ animals.
Feral cats are a necessary part of every community. They keep down the populations of rats and other pests, and live quite content and healthy lives in family groups called colonies. At the same time, without any control they have an endless breeding cycle that leaves millions of cats wandering the streets, often carrying diseases that spread to other cats in their colony. The most humane way to help the feral cat population is through a program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which ends the breeding cycle while still allowing undomesticated cats to coexist with people peacefully.
TNR improves the lives of cats, controls the expanding population, and calms behaviours such as yowling, fighting, spraying and roaming (all related to mating). The traditional method practiced by local animal control is to catch and kill – a process which is not only cruel, but also costly and endless. VOKRA is a no-kill registered charity that uses its funds to neuter feral cats as well as to provide a network of foster homes for adoptable cats and kittens.
VOKRA has been practicing TNR since the organization’s inception, helping to actively reduce the number of kittens born to feral cats. With a managed TNR program we can greatly improve the lives of the cats in our community. In the United States, over 70% of cats brought to animal shelters are killed because they are feral, and as such neither socialized to humans nor adoptable. VOKRA aims to Trap, Neuter and Return as many feral cats as it finds, while socializing any feral kittens so that they can live happy lives with human companions.
VOKRA was founded in 2001 out of the need to care for abandoned, bottle-feeding kittens. The non-profit, registered charity has evolved to a rescue operation that saves 900 cats yearly from being euthanized. VOKRA works to reduce breeding in feral cat colonies, while also actively finding foster and forever homes for the growing number of cats and kittens in the lower mainland. VOKRA is a registered charity and is always grateful for the support of the community. For more information, please visit www.vokra.ca.
Cat City, documenting the harsh lives of homeless cats in Canada: www.catcitydocumentary.com
Alley Cat Allies: www.alleycat.org.
kduncan | October 17, 2009
Some of us will be at our booth..#108 .. at the PetExpo on Sat and Sun this weekend at the Tradex in Abbotsford.. come on by and say hi!
kduncan | October 17, 2009
i will put some info up tomorrow on ferals and what we can all do to help make their life better and healthier..
Meanwhile...great news is that Hope went home with Cheryl tonight.. we are hoping having someone to spoil and smooch her will help in even better recovery. By the sound of the purring at their meeting i think we have a very good match.. Thank you so much Cheryl .. and Jessica and Colin.. More updates as we get news..
kduncan | October 16, 2009
Some good news in a week of ... well, just awful things happening..Little Hope is improving again today!Hope and a pal..Oct 15
She is now using the box all the time.. eating very well... no more seizures...and is starting to have some sight and reaction to moving things. With many many thanks to our vets at Arbutus West and to Dr Doug who has helped with ultra sound that shows things seem to be ok on the inside...we are very optimistic ! She even purrs when snuggled by her fave fan..Leigh.
When faced with so many tragedies and extremely hard to deal with everyday happenings in a rescue...it gives a reason to carry on when you see a little innocent kitten come back from certain death . So many others will not survive no matter what we do. My sadness at the death of little Michael who had to be let go when FIP was winning today... and the horror of having a mom cat and kittens all battling with distemper ( losing three kittens in last few days) . Then one of two 6 week kittens needing round the clock care at our wonderful foster Elizabeths', guided by Julie and her team at the Healing Place, and soooooo many worries that fill our days in rescue, it is sometimes just too much. I ramble, but it really has been such a sad and especially difficult time this last week.
'Hope' gives us just that..say some prayers for the suffering and sick and lets all work to make things better for animals everywhere.
kduncan | October 12, 2009
well, there is some progress for little Hope , as she has been named by the woman who wants to adopt her. She is sitting up, placing feet well, eating like mad. We are still unsure about her sight...she is reacting better to movement but still not following well. She has purred for Leigh and is looking very glossy. Tomorrow a return to the vet to see what they think...
Hope, Oct 12
kduncan | October 9, 2009
Trapping, feeding, crying, frustation, sadness,desperation...hope..
All of these words are what rescue is about...and was so well shown on the documentary ...Cat City by Justine Pimlott, tonight on Global TV.
I sit here watching it and hoping that some people who are viewing will think twice before dumping Fluffy when they have to move...or before letting their cat have a litter .. " To show their children the miracle of birth" or before taking on an animal that they can't afford to fix before it reaches five months.
There we go.. someone has just said what we find ourselves saying so often..."I really hate people sometimes " ... With what we do and what we see..this is a common comment by most people in rescue. How can people ignore suffering, allow cats to produce more and more kittens, dump cats to fend for themselves, abuse them and leave them to die?
Yesterday i was called about a kitten found in a large dumpster at a business.. It was crying so the people who work there pulled it out and called friends for help..They thought it was four weeks. I called one of our driver volunteers, Matt, who zipped over and picked her up. When she arrived I saw an 8 or 10 week old kitten who was almost dead. She had sub q fluids right away, water from a syringe in her mouth, homeopathics and a warmer under her towells. Oct 8/09
Off to the vets..We x-rayed , checked heart, temp etc..she showed major neuropathic problems . Her back left leg rhythmically tapping, eyes unfocused and not reacting. She could only stand for a short time without support. My feeling is she was someone's kitten at some point, no fleas and not terrified of people ..so not born outside to a feral cat. Perhaps she was lost or dumped and when found near death from starvation was thrown in the dumpster..or maybe abused by someone and tossed in. One thing is sure...she didn't get into a huge dumpster by herself. Like so many who come in to us..she can't tell her story.
She was ravenous, so she is given small amounts of food with water often. She plunges her mouth in and sucks it up as fast as she can. Sub q fluids with vitamins added and more homeopathics then tucked in on a heat disc for the night.
This morning I approached with dread..but found that she had used the litter box and was back in her bed . Off to the vet again for another look. We are thinking it may be that she is showing signs of hypoglycemia and starvation. She is gradually holding her head up more and has more life in her eyes, she can place her feet instead of having them roll under..but so weak.
The first person who called me about her, has a relative that would like to adopt her if she pulls through. I am not making any promises on her survival but we all are hoping. We'll give her all the help we can to pull through..but if she doesn't at least she is warm, fed and has known kindness. She hasn't died alone in the bottom of a dumpster.
*****Thank you Global TV and filmmaker Justine Pimlott for a documentary on what people in rescue deal with everywhere.
http://catcitydocumentary.com/ Check out the link to the trailer on the film.
kduncan | October 9, 2009
Do send me a letter if i am not calling after a few days..or if you want to be taken off the application list..or if you sent an ap ages ago..sigh..
too many kittens and cats too little time..