Archives - October 2010

Urgent Dental Fund update

dsheldon | October 19, 2010

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated towards our Urgent Dental Fund. (See our previous blog on October 8:

To date, we have $2,015 in the fund, which is nearly enough for one of the two surgical procedures. We need $4,500 to $5,000 to cover Theodora's and Cally's operations, so if you haven't done so already, please do consider sponsoring them. If you have any questions, please contact Dania:

Thank you, on behalf of Cally and Theodora!

A New Addition to the VOKRA Family

dsheldon | October 18, 2010

Welcome Gabriela!

Gabriela Amalie Lindner was born at 8:41am on Thursday October 14th at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver. She came into the world at 9 pounds 2 ounces and 56.5 cms in length. She, her mom Paula and her daddy Thomas are all now home, happy and healthy ... and eliciting great interest from their kitties.

Feral Cat Day Oct.16

dsheldon | October 15, 2010

What will YOU do for Feral Cat Day?

Press Release, 15 October 2010 - To acknowledge National Feral Cat Day on October 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 because they keep down the populations of rats and other pests,” says Maria Soroski, co-founder of VOKRA. “But 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.”

Soroski runs VOKRA’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, the most humane and effective way to control feral cat population growth. All feral cats in a colony (family group) are trapped, spayed or neutered, and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and fresh water. VOKRA places feral kittens in foster care to be socialized and eventually adopted out to good homes.

“We are grateful to everyone who has supported us. Once again, we need the community’s help,” says Soroski. “On National Feral Cat Day, we hope to raise enough money to spay and neuter a colony of 30 feral cats living in Vancouver. We’re also challenging vets to donate their services to sponsor a spay or neuter for at least one cat.”

To help these feral cats, you can make a donation online at or join VOKRA for a hotdog barbecue, where you can also buy T-shirts and bracelets:

Date: Saturday, October 16

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Location: Tisol Pet Nutrition and Supply, 2738 Arbutus Street (at West 11th Avenue), Vancouver

If you can’t get to the BBQ, you can get involved in other ways. VOKRA is always in need of foster homes and currently has a large number of kittens and adult cats ready for adoption. Please check the adoption gallery at to find your forever pet!

Sponsors Needed for Dental Work

dsheldon | October 8, 2010

Two of VOKRA's cats - Theodora and Cally - are urgently in need of dental surgery.

However, our existing vet bills are already so high that we cannot afford the procedures, each of which will cost $2,000 to 2,500.

Can you please help Theodora and Cally by sponsoring their surgeries?

Theodora and her son Peanut, who has been adopted

Cally, licking her lips; eating won't be painful after she gets dental treatment

Until Theodora and Cally can have this work done, their health will continue to be very delicate and their mouths constantly painful.

It's totally heartbreaking for us to have to decline treatment like this.

Please, if you would like to contribute to Theodora's and Cally's Dental Fund, make a donation online or by cheque, with the note "Urgent Dental Fund":

VOKRA's Donation Page

Donate Now Through!

Mailing Address:


PO Box 74571

2768 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC V6K 4P4

If you would like to know more, please email Dania,, rather than Karen, who is overwhelmed with emergencies right now.

Please Keep Voting Every Day!

dsheldon | October 5, 2010

Help VOKRA win a $10,000 grant!

We are reposting this blog because we need MORE VOTES. VOKRA has slipped to #4 in the votes for Canadian shelters. Please, VOTE EVERY DAY.

Vote for us at and we could win $10,000 to help pets in need.

The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible member shelter and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $10,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes — a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.

Think how many animals we could help for $10,000!

Help us win! All you have to do is click to help rescued animals, and then vote in The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge. Both of these actions are absolutely free! You can vote once a day, every day, from September 20th through December 19th, 2010. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us.

Vote today!

1. Change the Country to Canada, choose "BC" for province, and enter "Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue" in the shelter name.

2. Vote once per day until the challenge ends on December 19, 2010.

Let's vote every day and VOKRA can win money to help the kitties!

Have questions or need help? Email Dania,

Volunteers of Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association

are thrilled to nominate Karen Duncan, Founder and President of VOKRA

for the CBC Champions of Change Award

Since the inception of VOKRA in 2001, Karen's grassroots volunteerism has made a huge change in the communities of Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey in curbing the overpopulation of feral and homeless cats giving birth on the streets.

We are now asking everyone to support Karen's nomination by writing a letter of support to

PLEASE do this ASAP.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Maria at or Dania at


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