Archives - June 2009
kduncan | June 30, 2009
I need foster homes for lots of cats and kittens , but this mama and her kittens (who are almost ready for adoption ) need to move by Friday. Mama is very young and a manx. Two of her kittens are manx and they are spoken for and will go in next week to new home. The others will be ready then too. If i have someone who wants to adopt that could take them all for a short time, i will be providing supplies etc until they are spoken for and out. Mama will make a tremendous cat for someone and could be adopted with one of her kittens.
Send me a note if you are interested.. if you haven't put in a foster ap, do that and say you are interested in Manx mama..
kduncan | June 29, 2009
Attn: Cat Lovers!
The students from Madrona School are hosting a yard sale to raise money for Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association. Every penny will go towards their spay/neuter program, kitten supplies, and vet bills. The sale is on Saturday, July 4th, from 9am to ? pm, and will be in the front yard at 2586 West 12th Avenue, near Trafalgar. If you have any items that you would like to donate to the sale, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items can be dropped off before the sale, or we can pick up from your home. Suitable items are: perennials from your garden, worn-once clothing, baby/children's items, very small pieces of furniture, collectibles, kitchen items, linens, artwork, books, bicycles, etc. If you have an old bike to donate, please give us lots of warning, if possible, so we can fix it up before the sale. There is a big demand now for bikes from the 1960's or older, and we have a volunteer to do repairs.
For more information about Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue, visit their website at www.orphankittenrescue.com <http://www.orphankittenrescue.com> . VOKRA volunteers do amazing work. This is a very worthwhile organization to support, and the students at Madrona have been working hard to make this event a success.
If you would like to volunteer for this event esp if you would like to run the hotdog BBQ please let us know right away. If we can get volunteers for the afternoon we can carry on..
kduncan | June 29, 2009
"Mayhemic".... as in the life of someone in rescue!
kduncan | June 29, 2009
For several years VOKRA has been invited to set up by the Caboose outside the Kids Market at the entrance to Granville Island for Canada Day.. We meet lots of people, give info out about care of cats, find new foster and adoptive homes and take in much needed donations.
This year we will have a number of kittens ready for adoption with us. Please get your application in if you are wanting to adopt, and maybe we can introduce you to your new best friend(s)! No kitties will go home on the 1st, but you can meet and do papers and then pick up the following day.
Hope to see you Wednesday!
kduncan | June 21, 2009
We have taken on over 30 orange cats from an out of control situation that could have been stopped if only the people had gotten help getting their cats fixed when they asked for it. Many of these cats and kittens are quite fearful due to lack of socializing. Several were very far along pregnant..Two are together that are pregnant and one has had hers today..but they look like they may be preemies so i will not know how they do til later. (The kittens are doing well this afternoon and aren't preemie so should be fine) mama is not as nasty as she looks...and kept to the 4 kitten rule !!
We need fosters for moms with kittens very badly. All supplies provided.
i will try and put up a picture later today.
kduncan | June 20, 2009
Please send in your aps if you are interested in fostering or adopting. The more we shift the more we have room to help!
kduncan | June 10, 2009
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.
1. You're saving two lives instead of one.
2. One kitten can become lonely
3. One kitten can just drive an older cat nuts.
4. Two kittens will "self-train." and they can be happily kept in a small safe room ( bathroom) while learning good litter box skills and general keeping safe and out of stuff things.
5. They help each other burn off energy.
6. Fewer behavior problems with two kittens.
7. Curiosity overcomes "food finickyness."
8. They act as pillows for one another.
9. Having two kittens is insanely fun.
10. They will each have a friend for life.
"If one kitten is finicky about food, the belligerence is often overcome by
curiosity at what its sibling is eating. (Feed one cat Same Old, the other
cat New Stuff, and they both end up tasting the new stuff.)"
*Kittens will often play so hard that they simply flop where they are, and
more likely than not, they will flop next to (or on top of) each other.
There is no sight so endearing as two kittens curled up together for a nap.
Their peaceful innocence can soften the heart of even the grumpiest
curmudgeon, and the sight of that blissful moment will wash clean the slate
of their previous misdoings.
*"And last, of course, they're just so much darn fun to watch!" Having lived
through (and survived nicely) the joy of adopting and raising two kittens, I
can personally attest to the downright fun of having two kittens.
*Two kittens who grow up together will almost always be lifelong friends.
Although they will sometimes have their little squabbles (what friends
don't?) you will more often see them engaging in mutual grooming, playing
together, and sleeping with their best pal.
If you are considering adopting a kitten, think about your best friend and
consider whether you would deprive your kitten of the enrichment a friend
brings to life. You can't be home all the time and they are used to living with their litter and mom.
kduncan | June 10, 2009
Lisa Smedman, Vancouver Courier
Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It's a story with a tragic beginning, but a happy ending. It's a story that's all too common--except for the happy ending part.
Last weekend, I adopted two kittens from Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue. The kittens are a brother and sister pair, brown tabbies with white feet. The only way to tell them apart--when they're not streaking across the living room, tumbling together in a ball of fur and flailing paws or doing Tarzan swings on the curtains--is by their faces. The female, Keelie, has a pink nose with a smudge of white above it. The male, Bolt (as in lightning), has a brown nose.
The female has the name given her by the woman from VOKRA who fostered her. The male has a new name, chosen by my seven-year-old son. I'm pretty pleased with his choice, actually. I had to talk him out of Shadow, the name of the neighbour's dog. Imagine, I told my son, if we stepped out back and called, "Shadow, come!" and the neighbour's dog showed up. Or vice versa, with our cat charging over to the neighbour's house when they called their dog. Fortunately, my son's a pretty logical kid.
I'm just thankful he didn't choose the name Mittens. Or Boots. Or anything else I'd be gritting my teeth about for the next 20 years. But I digress.
The happy ending is that two kittens have a loving, permanent home. The tragic beginning is that they lost their mother when they were just one day old. The mom cat was struck by a car on the road and, despite her injuries, crawled back to her litter of four. There, she died.
Like a loving mother from any species, her last thoughts were for her babies.
The story brought tears to my son's eyes. To my eyes, too. The mom cat will never know the heroic efforts of the SPCA driver who rushed her four kittens to VOKRA in the middle of the night, or of the volunteers who kept them alive. The round-the-clock bottle feedings of kitten formula. The wiping of tiny kitten bottoms with a wash cloth--to simulate a mother cat's licking tongue--necessary to help very young kittens poop and pee.
Thanks to several weeks of tender care, first by Karen Duncan and then by Elizabeth Downey of VOKRA, the kittens survived. Like imprinted ducklings, they now think humans are their mommies. The male kitten suckles my son's fingers, purring and contentedly kneading his hand with tiny white paws.
"You're his daddy now," I tell my son. He beams with pride.
My son's learning responsibility. He tops up their food and water, ensures that neither kitten hogs all the food, and lets me know when their litter box needs changing.
Some jobs, it seems, are still mom's department.
Across Vancouver, hundreds of other kittens will be looking for their own happy endings this summer--or for happy beginnings, in the care of someone who can foster a litter for those essential first few weeks.
(Fostering cats is something I just can't do. I tried it once, and wound up on day two deciding to permanently adopt the cat we were just going to nurse back to health for the local SPCA "for a couple of weeks." That was Solly, our Persian, since deceased and still missed.)
Kitten season is in full swing, Duncan says. And despite previous media reports to the contrary, she said, it's "huge" this year. "All of a sudden they're all having kittens."
VOKRA has 88 cats and kittens who need homes now, and another 36 currently in foster care who will need homes in a matter of weeks. To make matters even more dire, VOKRA is also scrambling to find homes for many of the 30-plus cats--all orange, all fluffy, ranging in age from kitten to about eight years of age--who were seized last week from a home in Port Moody where two unspayed and un-neutered cats caused a population explosion. The cats aren't feral, are in good health, but are "somewhat shy," Duncan says.
kduncan | June 5, 2009
Edith and Gracie are sisters who are so playful and snuggly that I can’t believe they haven’t been adopted yet. Yes they’re six months old but because they were recovering from the horrible shape they were in when rescued at 2 weeks with their mom, they look half their age. They’re now wowing the vet with how healthy they are, especially their gorgeous, silky fur. Edith’s purr sounds like a trill and she loves to roll on the floor with you and play in your hair. She’ll follow you around just to chat. Gracie’s quieter but she has an adorable way of shaking her tail, arching her back and bonking into things when she’s excited to see you. She goes cuckoo for yoghurt and can’t wait to snuggle beside you. Because they lick and hug each other and have been through so much together we will not seperate them. Can you give these lovely gals a happy home?? Please be in touch right away if you would like to meet them..
kduncan | June 4, 2009
The kittens were hungry but clean and healthy. I have been bottle feeding them and feeling badly about the mom cat coming back from hunting for food to find her kittens and the truck gone. We were in touch with the person who turned them in and set traps today and had the mom by evening. I brought her home and after checking she had milk ..put her in a big kennel and then brought the kittens in and held one up to her.. she looked kind of stunned and sniffed it all over. I set them all in her nest box and they were sooooo happy, climbing all over her and purring and nursing like mad..I love days like this!