Archives - November 2010

VOKRA's Online Store has been launched!

dsheldon | November 30, 2010

Please visit our new VOKRA Online Store, opened in time for Christmas shopping.

We've launched it with a few items and will be adding more as time allows. If you have ideas for the store, please contact Dania at

VOKRA Calendar Purchase Locations, update

dsheldon | November 22, 2010

Arbutus West Animal Clinic, 2809 West 16th Avenue
Killarney Animal Hospital, 2649 East 49th Avenue
True Carnivores, 5961 West Boulevard
Urban Tails, 3569 Commercial Street
Vancouver Feline Hospital, 2299 Burrard Street

All About Cats Veterinary Clinic, 103-1550 Marine Drive
Healing Place Veterinary Clinic, 233 Seymour River Place
North Shore Veterinary Clinic, 227 Mountain Hwy

More locations will be added later this week!

VOKRA 2011 Calendars Now Available!!

dsheldon | November 18, 2010

VOKRA's 2011 Calendars: The Purrrrfect Gift!!

(Above: Phoenix, our cover kitten)

Purchase our 12-month, full-colour wall calendar featuring over 160 photos of our cats and kittens. In addition to pictures, each month contains heart-warming stories and interesting, useful information for cat owners.

This year's calendar is still the same price: just $15, plus postal charges if you would like to have calendars delivered to you or to someone else. See a PREVIEW of the inside pages HERE.

You can purchase calendars online here:

Calendars will be available at various locations in the Lower Mainland starting the last week of November. Stay tuned here for details:

If you can't wait to get your beautiful VOKRA calendar and would like to pick up rather than have them mailed, please email your order to Lubna at to arrange.

All proceeds go to VOKRA's ongoing rescue work ... over 1,400 cats in 2009, and it's looking like we will reach or exceed that number in 2010.

VOKRA Fundraising Appeal

dsheldon | November 15, 2010

Cat rescue organization needs help to stay alive

News Release, November 12, 2010—Hundreds of abandoned kittens and cats in Vancouver and Burnaby are hoping the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) can raise enough money to enable them to continue their work.

“All animal rescue organizations are stunned by how enormous the need has been this year,” says Karen Duncan, co-founder and president of VOKRA. “There were so many more cats who were abandoned and dumped on the street or came to us really young and pregnant.”

VOKRA is a no-kill, registered charity that works to reduce the uncontrolled breeding in feral cat colonies, while also actively finding foster and forever homes for the growing number of cats and kittens in need in the Lower Mainland. VOKRA does not receive any government funding. Run by volunteers, VOKRA relies entirely on adoption fees and donations to pay for high-quality food, litter, and medical costs for over a thousand cats each year. Average monthly costs are $28,000.

Duncan says VOKRA doesn't euthanize cats if they have a will to keep living. Instead, it pays for life-saving treatment. Many cats who are taken in are ill or easily susceptible to illness because they have not been fed properly and generally have not had good lives. To put costs into perspective, helping one healthy cat can cost at least $190 in vet bills, plus $40 per month in food and litter costs until they are adopted. VOKRA adoption fees barely cover these costs, and the need to fundraise becomes greater every year.

“The number of cats is increasing, as is the demand for what we do, and so our vet bills and expenses keep going up,” says Duncan. “We go through kitten season with ups and downs, and this is the time of year when things start to catch up. We're doing everything we can to fundraise to pay our bills and have enough to start another year of rescuing abandoned cats and kittens.”

“We aren't closing VOKRA,” continues Duncan, “but our capacity and what we can do is limited, so we are now focusing on very young kittens, pregnant/nursing cats, and our own returns, which is our original mandate.”

Duncan is optimistic that the constant flow of kittens will diminish, and the current 300 cats and kittens in their care will be adopted out soon. Until then, VOKRA has stepped up its fundraising efforts, including grant applications and planning for next year’s Walk for the Kitties walk-a-thon. But what the association really needs are additional regular donors.

“Even though we're still coming out of the economic downturn, ten dollars a month is nothing to most people. But every dollar helps us,” says Duncan . “We wouldn't be here without the generous support of the community. We're appealing to everyone, so we can continue to help these neglected creatures. They have not asked to be born into an already overpopulated world.”

How you can help:

1. Donate online at and then ask 10 of your friends to donate at least $10. Consider becoming a monthly donor.

2. Donate by cheque made out to VOKRA and mail to:

PO Box 74571

2768 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC V6K 4P4

3. Purchase VOKRA calendars, T-shirts, bracelets, or retail store gift cards - ask us for more info!

4. Become a VOKRA sponsor at

5. Spay or neuter your cat by five months. Tell your friends and family to do the same.

VOKRA issues tax receipts for donations $20 and above.

In 2009, VOKRA spent $338,382:

Veterinary Costs and Medicine: 69%

Supplies (incl. food and litter): 20%

Administration and Fundraising: 9%

Fuel: 2%

This coming weekend..Sat 13th and Sun 14th, VOKRA will be pulling out all the stops at our two Petsmart locations. The North Vancouver store is at 1325 Main Street . North Van. The Vancouver store is at 2860 Bentall Street. Go along Grandview east...pass Renfrew where the empty petcetera is and watch for a turn lane with light. You will see the big Petsmart sign etc on your left.. lots of parking.

We will have BBQ's set up at both stores in the parking lot..hotdogs and veggie dogs ( with fried onions!) chips, drinks etc. Our t shirts, bracelets and hot off the presses, THIS YEARS CALENDAR!!

Inside will be many of our cats and kittens..You must fill in an application before the weekend on this site. All adoptions will be handled the same as just get to see a number at one spot..

Please come out and make this a successful weekend for us and the kitties.

Any questions? just send in a note from the site. See you there!

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