Archives - December 2010

Christmas Miracle for Suzy

Grino | December 25, 2010

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Cat rescued from the rubble of a house fire in Burnaby

The cat was so terrified, the rescue crews [VOKRA] had to put out a trap to catch her

Yuliya Talmazan Dec 24, 2010 16:06:10 PM

BURNABY (NEWS1130) - It was a very lucky Christmas Eve for a cat rescued from the rubble of last week's fire in Burnaby.

Maria Soroski with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue says other animals in the affected house weren't so fortunate.

"A little black female cat named Suzy [was lucky], and we were able to capture her today. She was living in the rubble of the house, so a really good Christmas for Suzy this year."

She says the owner of the cat cannot have her back, so Suzy is now up for adoption [with VOKRA].

If you are interested in giving Suzy a FOREVER HOME, please submit an application to VOKRA.

Still time for Calendar Delivery

dsheldon | December 19, 2010

For the Cat Lovers on your Christmas lists, there is simply no better deal: a VOKRA 2011 calendar, featuring over 160 colour photos of VOKRA kittens and cats, stories, and useful information.


You can have calendars delivered, accompanied by a Gift Card, by Christmas (for local orders) if you have your order in by Monday, December 20th.

Place your order here:

You can, of course, also buy calendars in local stores and veterinary clinics:

Come on out for the last two days of Santa pics at our two Petsmart locations. We are also able to answer questions about any of the cats in the adoption centers at the stores. 11 to 4, Sat. and Sun.

The Grandview Vancouver store will have another bake sale. This was highly successful in North Van last week ... lots of home baked goodies and a lovely gingerbread house looking for a home! Our 2011 calendars, tshirts and bracelets will also be available at both stores. Come on out!

Here is one of our more amazing pics from last week. Took a lot of patience and fast camera clicking...

A note from Shelley.... "A group of about 6 people came in. Each kitty had their own carrier. They all own kitties and thought that it would be a great thing to do with the cats and their friends! It was hilarious, they plopped them all down at the front of the line and proceeded to take them out one at a time.

Everyone put their own kitty on the platform. We all held on a then ran for it when we thought we could! Some of them hissed at each other while they were waiting next to each other, as most of them don't know each other. The owners were cool, calm, just really enjoying the whole experience. Out with their best friends, wanting to do photos with their favorite animals, and going to make it an event!! They stayed for probably an hour! It definitely was the highlight of my day."

Baked goods needed for our weekend Pet Photos at our Pet Smarts

Email for details. Thanks!

We really appreciate all your donations, time and cookies!

Diandra can pick up your baked goods if you are downtown Friday Night or goods can be dropped off at Karen's in Kits Friday Night.

Drop off at Grandview Petsmart 2860 Bentall Street from 10:30 am onwards Saturday Morning and Sunday Morning.

Make the New Year Safer For Your Pets

dsheldon | December 15, 2010

We recognize the importance of having First Aid knowledge for human medical emergencies, but how about for our feline and canine family members?

Many of us forget that in spite of their excellent natural instincts, cats and dogs can get into accidents, ingest poisons, step on sharp objects, and experience other harmful mishaps. Will you know what to do if your cat suddenly is injured or acutely ill and you cannot immediately get professional veterinary help?

Fortunately, certified pet first aid instruction is available locally. VOKRA is proud to be a supporter of Walks 'N' Wags Certified Pet First Aid, located right here in Vancouver.

Several of VOKRA's volunteers have taken the Walks 'N' Wags' classroom training and found it very informative and beneficial. And if a Pet First Aid course isn't available in your area, or you cannot attend classes for another reason, they have a distance learning option.

So, although I'm not a big fan of New Years Resolutions, this is one I can get behind 100%. You can register individually, or if you're interested in getting together with like-minded cat folks to have a private group session, send me (Dania) an email:

The second weekend of our Photos With Santa continues at PetSmart in North Vancouver and at Grandview in Vancouver.

This is the first year we've had a bake sale, and as the pic above shows, the response has been great! We still have goodies at the North Vancouver location, so come out with your furry kids, get a picture with Santa, hang out with our fun elves, and nibble on sweet stuff.

This Saturday, Dec 11 and Sunday, Dec 12, North Van Petsmart @ 1325 Main Street will be having a Bake Sale for the kitties! Come down and pick up some Christmas goodies with all proceeds going to VOKRA. While you are there, remember that there are still Santa Pet Photos being taken this weekend AND next weekend. There will also be VOKRA T-shirts, calendars and bracelets for purchase-all making a great stocking stuffer for that special someone who LOVES cats and kittens. And, of course, there are cats for adoption that are ready to find their forever home.

Santa pics at our Grandview Petsmart site as well ..11 to 4 sat and sun.

North Van too far? Come see us at Tisol @ 3033 Grandview Highway. We will also have our calendars, T-shirts and bracelets for sale this Saturday and Sunday. I heard a rumour that there will be cute, cuddly kittens there too, just for this special weekend event at Tisol.

*****Last day before Xmas to order gift cards to benefit VOKRA!****

Orders in by tonight will arrive on Tues. We can have them here in Kits for pickup or mail out to you. Lots of places you will be shopping or giving gift cards out from..and VOKRA gets a percentage from each extra moola needed from you!!!

Offices/businesses getting gift cards for clients or their staff ...

Stocking stuffers...

Shopping for goceries...


Link is here :

Once you get in the habit of doing this once a month it could make a huge difference for us and the kitties. Many schools do this and bring in thousands ...please think about it, check out the list. We need your support rather desperately.

Thanks everyone,


How did it get to be the first week of December? We don't know either, except that 2010 has been a blur of kittens and cats like we have never seen before.

To get into the proverbial Christmas Spirit, VOKRA is having our annual Photos With Santa events, hosted by PetSmart in North Vancouver and on Grandview Highway. All proceeds go to VOKRA kitties!

DATES:December 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


PetSmart North Vancouver, 1325 Main Street

PetSmart Grandview Highway, 2860 Bentall Street (at Grandview Highway)

2011 Calendars, t-shirts and other goodies will be on sale to support VOKRA

If you'd like to volunteer on one or more of these days, please contact Kim or Shelley,,


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